NOTE: I intend to avoid spoilers as best I can, but will talk in generalities that may (or may not) hint at things. So read on at your own peril.
Truth be told, I found little entertainment in the first two films of the DC Extended Universe. I will probably get some hate for expressing that. Thing is, the original comics and the animated series and movies were just so much better in respect to story. Sure, the effort put into the graphics was great but the writing was plain abominable. I still cannot get over the “Martha” part of Batman versus Superman. And overall, they were so bleak.
Then there were the critics of Suicide Squad: there were a lot of them. Here is the link to what Rotten Tomatoes has to say. Very negative, eh?
So I figured that if the previous two films had been pretty average (in my opinion) and that if everyone seemed to dismiss this film… well, why rush into seeing it?
I was wrong.
My family were visiting friends last night and the hosts invited us to watch Suicide Squad on Blue-ray. Sure, we said. Why not?
And I liked it. I really liked it.
Because it felt like a comic turned into a film. Many characters were puerile (childish) but that seemed to fit. Indeed, I felt that it added humour to the film, a fitting counterpoint to the deadly action and bleak morals portrayed. I particularly enjoyed Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Certainly Will Smith played his usual character (wise cracking, a little pushy, etc except with a beard in this instance) but that is precisely why I like watching him.
Now I know that a consistent complaint about the film was its plot.
If you don’t know the plot, then here it is in summary: Evil magical dude and dudette decide to take over the world. A bunch of imprisoned super-villains are blackmailed into stopping the aforementioned uber bad guys. Think something like The Dirty Dozen using super-villains.
Some call it simplistic. Some talk about it jumping all over the place. Well, simple is fine by me. I can see a bit of Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Quest” plot approach. Or perhaps Christopher Booker’s “Overcoming the monster” plot approach. Whatever. Thing is, I did not find it overly convoluted. And as for jumping all over the place… Well, I am tempted to think of various comedic monologues. These tend to jump around too, but I sit right back and simply enjoy them. And yes, that is what I did with this film. I was not watching it expecting fine literary structure – I wanted to be entertained.
In respect to the fight scenes, they were not as overly long as many are becoming. (I am still recovering from Thorin’s fight at the end of “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”. As we watched it my young nephew said “Is it tomorrow yet?”. Yep – it felt like it went on that long!) Indeed, the fight scenes were fast and interjected humour. My favourite fight scene involves El Diablo. I won’t tell you more, but we all loved it and I hope that you do too.
Music. Yes, music. The sound track on this was pretty good. Various songs from the past few decades – the kind that you remember fondly. Enough said.
The costuming was just right. So not too over the top. My wife tells me that there was a bit of a fuss about Harley Quinn’s shorts. I personally did not have a problem with them, feeling that they matched Harley Quinn’s nature. (OK – I admit I also enjoyed the eye candy, but that does not invalidate my previous comment)
Cinematography was spot on for a super hero film. In fact, I think it was my favourite cinematography out of the three films to date.
As a last comment, I think that Jared Leto did a great Joker. Yes, different to some of his predecessors, but I did really enjoy it.
Anyway, I don’t mind if you disagree because this is purely my opinion and we all have different tastes. But yes, for me the film did it.
Thanks for reading