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Review: Suicide Squad

Review: Suicide Squad

HOT MESS. Probably the best way of describing this movie.

Number One – Some of the cast

Ok, though there are some pretty serious casting mistakes in this movie (i.e. Cara Delevingne) but these are almost remedied by the big name casting by Lindsay Graham and Mary Vernieu. Margot Robbie and Will Smith were outstanding choices and really brought the film and story alive, giving their characters an individuality and a quality that it is only really unique to their acting style.

You could see them trying their best to play with a script that was quite lack-luster. And watching the film it’s obvious there must have been some serious ad-libbing from Will Smith. Our own Jai Courtney was a stand out as Boomerang who was convincingly cheeky and provided much needed comic relief. And of course Jared Leto as the Joker which I will speak a little more about later on in this article. But to me, the real stand out of Suicide Squad was Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

Seriously disturbed, psychotic character with enough depth and intrigue to keep the audience interested. She was the only one I believed was a psychopath. The rest of the cast just seemed interchangeable and replaceable.

Number Two – The Visuals

Rad. So much colour, so much bang.

Visually it was stunning and I’m not sure anyone can really argue that point. It was a hallucinogenic nightmare, coloured in with an electric rainbow. But looking cool isn’t really enough to sustain a movie.

Number Three – Harley Quinn and The Joker’s relationship

I know this topic in particular has been copping a lot of flack recently, but I enjoyed their relationship. I thought it worked well for the deliberately minimal backstory you get from both characters. After all, this is just a taster before we get into The Justice League’s Joker and Harley Quinn. Which I’m positive will give a little more depth into the two characters. But for now, their relationship worked. Their strange love affair, and Harley Quinn’s ultimate demise, I thought was reasonable. Psychologists/ therapists are often more damaged than the patient they are attending, added to this, that disgust is one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs it was only a matter of time till Dr Quinn was seduced to a life of chaos, one that the Joker was offering.

Their relationship also told us one very important detail; neither of the two are psychopaths. This is the main distinction between Leto’s Joker and Heath’s Joker. Leto’s Joker has feelings… can feel and therefore not only has a weakness but doesn’t have the same dark, chaotic- “jokery” feel as Heath’s does. But this doesn’t mean he hasn’t created his own brand of crazy.

Number Four – The Sound Track

The soundtrack was fire. And probably one of the best things about the film. It encapsulated the gangsta feeling of the squad while keeping each character’s individuality and tone in consideration. See below: • Purple Lamborghini -Performed by Rick Ross and Skrillex • Seven Nation Army- • Sucker for Pain- Performed by Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons featuring Logic, Ty Dolla Sign (as Ty Dolla $ign) and X Ambassadors • Heathens- Performed by Twenty One Pilots • Standing in the Rain- Performed by Action Bronson and Dan Auerbach featuring Mark Ronson • Gangsta- Performed by Kehlani • Know Better-Performed by Kevin Gates • You Don’t Own Me-Written by John Madara and Dave White Performed by Grace (as Grace) feat. Gerald Earl Gillum (as G-Eazy) • Without Me- Performed by Eminem • Wreck Havoc- Performed by Skylar Grey • Medieval Warfare-Performed by Grimes • Bohemian Rhapsody- Written by Freddie Mercury Performed by Panic! at the Disco • Slippin Into Darkness-Performed by War • Fortunate Son-Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival • I Started a Joke- Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb Performed by Confidential MX featuring Becky Hanson

I would definitely recommend downloading it. Makes my morning walk 100% more gangsta. Alright, so what was bad about the film… There was a fair bit unfortunately…

Number One – The Rating

First of all, the director, writers and producers should have sat down and had a discussion about the rating of the film. Obviously Marvel understands that it needs to be “kid friendly” so it’s limited. This could’ve been a great opportunity for DC.

Instead of competing for an audience Marvel probably already owns, they could’ve targeted a different audience a much older audience and followed along Sin City’s example and given it an R rating, make it almost exclusively for adults and therefore less limitations: more violence, more drugs, sex all the things Marvel can’t do.

Number Two – The Script

Moments of brilliance; mainly around Amanda Waller’s character, dragged down by clumsy story telling was a reoccuring trend throughout the film. Which is a shame because there are so many established exciting actors in this film who could’ve done so much more if they had more to work with. Same goes for newbies Jay Hernandez (Diablo), Joel Kinnaman (flag) and Cara (Enchantress) who would have benefited from more character development and better dialogue. It needed a script overhaul.

Number three- The Story

We went from 0- 100 and stayed at 100 for the remainder of the movie. There was no reprieve, no time for the audience to stop and contemplate (not that there was much to contemplate). The beginning showed promise, fun editing, playful humour, character introduction but for some reason it reverted to typical DC and went straight into action; defeat overarching bad guy. And it’s a real shame because the concept is so intriguing; a group of murderers, thieves and psychopaths assemble reluctantly to try and defeat a god-like villain.

There was so much potential for interesting plot developments and individual moral crisis that was never explored. It’s like the directors tried to distract the audience from the lack of storyline with some exciting visuals. But even with so much happening on screen it’s hard to disguise such a simplistic, clumsy plot.

Number Four – Cara Delevingne

I’m not saying she is a bad actor but she has only just started her acting career so casting her as one of the leads was always going to be a bit risky. A fascinating face, exciting media presence and interesting eyebrows doesn’t make her qualified for such an essential character. She didn’t have the necessary skills to carry such a dominant and intriguing villain and unfortunately the character was half-lived.

There were more but it just makes me sad writing down all of them. If you want a fun movie, a movie with action, a movie that is all show and no substance… Then yes see the movie, but if you’re like me and want to see a DC movie that lives up to the original comic, prepare to be disappointed. The movie is an empty shell, self- destructing and crying out for new direction.

The movie, just like it’s title has committed suicide.

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