Suicide Squad gets Caught in Between
Suicide Squad has been absolutely eviscerated by most movie critics as being horrendous. My local papers critic even suggested sending movie tickets to people you hate as a way to waste 2 hours of their life. While Suicide Squad is not an amazing movie, its still worth watching, especially for fans of DC comics.
The primary issue that Suicide Squad has is that it gets stuck between being chaotic, silly, and over the top and trying to have a serious tone. It’s sort of like if Deadpool and The Avengers had a love child, and both parents were really disappointed in how the kid turned out because it was just in between the two of them.
The other issue is that the film has rather poor cinematography at times. This emphasizes the issue of it being caught in between. At the start of the film they introduce the primary villain characters with on screen text that gives their name, explains their various crimes and powers. This would be a great introduction tool if they used it for more than five total characters throughout the film. They could have used it to introduce Amanda Waller and the other characters, but they just use it once at the start and just forget it exists.
Probably the worst part of the movie is the backstories on each character. It’s really, really difficult to introduce eight new characters in a film and make viewers care about all of them, but Suicide Squad only really does a semblance of justice to Deadshot for a base backstory at the start of the movie.
Harley Quinn and the Joker’s backstory is horribly communicated that really doesn’t communicate the abusive relationship that’s central to the two characters. It makes Harley look more like a weak willed woman who falls for the Joker because she’s an idiot, rather than the Joker managing to get inside her head and unleash her inner mental instability to make her like him.
Killer Croc receives pretty much nothing besides “dudes a reptile.” Slipknot didn’t receive one because he’s killed off almost immediately (which really lets you know he’s going to die.) Amanda Waller receives zero backstory, but they communicate her personality and character well enough to make up for it.
El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Enchantress and Rick Flag all have their backstories adequately covered at the start (mostly because they’re really straightforward) and expanded upon throughout the course of the movie. The only real remaining confusion is who the hell is Katana and why is she hear, other than maybe just owing somebody a favor. The character development and expansion throughout the movie is well handled and by the end you have a decent grasp on the characters and the various relationships between them.
The movie progresses well with a compelling story, decent special effects, and good plot pacing. The actors are phenomenal and each really feels like their character, which I was pretty unsure of going into the film (especially Will Smith). My primary complaints about the movie are that they didn’t give enough backstory about characters, which really undermines a lot of the movie for the non-comic educated viewer. If this were a three hour movie with expanded backstory, it would be much better. It’s the same issue of Batman vs Superman, where the extended edition is MUCH better than the theater release. It’s worth a watch in theaters just to see the chaos on a large screen, but you definitely will want to see the extended edition of this when it comes out on DVD.