Let’s Talk About Suicide Squad

(I um…well…yeah… sigh. Spoilers!)


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Seriously. If you haven’t seen this movie, please get out. Now. I don’t want to spoil it for you.

If you continue there’ll be spoilers…

I’m serious…

Spoilers!

Ok…

Sure?

Well, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you…

So let’s talk about it!

HERE BE SPOILERS!!

Well, I watched this movie and…I don’t know. I have mixed feelings. Much like Metacritic right now.

On the one hand, I did enjoy it in the sense that it was a movie with a lot of intriguing characters. On the other, I seriously was watching it and at one point went: “oh? oh! That’s the bad guy?! Oh, I see.”

My main problem with the movie? There’s so many! But mostly the fact that there’s a lot of good material that felt underused. Seriously.

Ok, let me go back for a moment.

The movie begins giving us a quick crash course on the characters, but not all of them. We get to know a little about Harley and Deadshot.

And then, an even shorter intro for the other members of the squad. After that, we cut to Amanda Waller. She’s in a business dinner explaining (telling us, mind you) the nuts and bolts of the rest of the members.

The problem is not really the intro to the characters or the way they showed them (ok, a little how they showed them). The main problem, for me at least, is that they already had established a pacing and the change broke it entirely.

And this movie kept doing that. Again. And again. And again.

Now, I probably should say, in the interest of full disclosure, that I have probably an average knowledge of DC characters. That being said, I do feel like a good movie (regardless of whether it is DC, Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, etc.) should make me feel acquainted with the characters I’m watching. This wasn’t the case, this was more like a set of cameos. Albeit, some better explained than others.

The villains of the movie (or villain? I’m still not sure) were incredibly underwritten. Come to think about it, the whole story was a little…random. After the intros, the whole thing became: this is your objective, fight, be thwarted, repeat. And the final battle reminded me, heavily, of a final boss battle in a video game.

I have also heard again and again claims that this movie is DC’s response to Guardians of the Galaxy, and in a way, I can see that attempt. But to me, it didn’t get there.

And then, there’s this reveal later in the movie that totally left me wondering what the hell happened. I simply did not know enough about the characters at that point to feel like I could see that coming.

The Joker (and, to be quite frank, many other characters) was under-utilized, there’s also a cameo that was just a moment in the narration, but it feels more like…to be honest, I think it sort of was meant to be fan service, but it felt somewhat off to me.

I came out of the movie thinking that Harley and the Joker should’ve been properly introduced in a different movie and that I could’ve benefited from more background info on many of these characters. I think they would’ve been great movies on their own.

As for Jared Leto’s Joker? I actually liked it. I think he does a good job but we got very few glimpses into the character which don’t really help him and leave me hanging without being able to make a fair judgement.

All-in-all, if you want to watch it, by all means, go. You’ll be entertained either by the movie or in spite of it. I think it’s not a bad movie, it’s just confusing, and somewhat of a mess. It certainly was more entertaining than Batman v Superman (at least for me).

I’m just hoping the upcoming movies are better…I really want them to be…


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