- on Friday, 05 August 2016 20:50
- by Austin Templin
Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are currently three films into DC comics newly introduced cinematic universe. The result is none too pleasing. With Zack Snyder at the helm, he has done little to impress most audiences – myself included. With Man of Steel receiving only meagerly positive reviews, and Batman v. Superman – including its director’s cut – being absolutely abysmal. Hopes for the DC cinematic universe look about as alive and kicking as the Man of Steel himself.
Then came David Ayer.
With Ayer at the helm, Suicide Squad proves that DC may be venturing towards critical and commercial success after all, if only taking baby steps. Suicide Squad solidifies the fact that average writing, mindless action, but great chemistry between a seemingly star-studded cast, makes for a (you guessed it) average film. As compared; however, to its predecessors, Suicide Squad is a shimmer of hope for a struggling studio, making half-ass films (seriously, I cannot stress enough how much I hated Batman v. Superman, and how my disposition and faith in DC to make an at-par film are almost completely shot).
In the aftermath of the events of BvS, the U.S. government realizes that they are hopelessly, and miserably outmatched, and God forbid, if a meta-human decided to destroy Earth entirely, well, mankind would have a front row seat.
Time to break out the big guns!
Assembling a team from villains Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), the world seems to be in good albeit blood stained hands. I mean honestly, how well could a ragtag team of an assassin, a mutated man-crocodile, a schizophrenic psychiatrist, a kleptomaniac, and a gangbanger human torch do to save the world? Surprisingly well it turns out. Led by Special Forces badass Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the so-called band of misfits shows the world just what supervillains – when facing the rather cliché epidemic of “do what you’re told or the microchip in your neck will explode” scenario – can accomplish.
As expected - especially in light of all the negative reviews from critics and fans alike - the film absolutely has its pitfalls. DC seems unable to edit a film correctly, as the first half hour just seems to begin out of nowhere, with little to no backstory, or build-up to the climatic Tarantino-esque introduction of the characters (watch Inglorious Basterds if you’re unaware of the reference). In addition, the writing, and dialogue is often so lackluster that it is laughable.
However, the biggest of the pitfalls comes with the marketing ploy. The film, in my eyes, markets the film as very Jared Leto/The Joker-heavy, and it absolutely is NOT. He is hardly present. For all of the advertising and build-up, Leto has an astounding (drumroll, please) twenty minutes TOPS of screen time. Sigh.
Considering all of this, the film remains a guilty pleasure. With Margot Robbie and Will Smith being the greatest surprises of the film. Their chemistry on screen is actually quite entertaining, to the point that the ludicrous dialogue is actually overlooked for a short amount of time.
Moviegoers, please don’t go into Suicide Squad with the hopes of seeing a DC rebirth of sorts or even a film on-par with Marvel Studios (if we need to make the comparison), because you WILL BE disappointed. Overlook its flaws and it is average at best. Approach it as such and bury that fist in a large buttery popcorn. Munch your frustration away.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for "sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.
Runtime: 123 mins
Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie
Genre: Action | Crime
Tagline: Justice has a bad side.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you people?"
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Official Site: http://www.suicidesquad.com/
Release Date: August 5, 2016
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: No details available.
Synopsis: A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.
No details available.