Thoughts on: Suicide Squad

After the disappointment of Batman V Superman, can DC redeem themselves with anti-hero smash-em-up Suicide Squad?

Kinda.

Narrative

Now I’m not a huge fan of superhero films. That’s not to say I don’t like them, I just don’t much care for them. But when I heard news of Suicide Squad, a film based around an assembly of the big, bad and ugly in order to fight other big bads, I have to admit I was a little intrigued.

However, it must be said that Suicide Squad completely loses the plot when it comes to its plot. It’s just nuts. But even if you accept that it’s going to be a bit over the top, it’s hard to ignore some glaring inconsistencies when it comes to the story that’s being told here. There are so many plot holes and things that just don’t make any sense that it’s difficult to know where to start – and for the sake of avoiding spoilers, I won’t.

The dialogue is a little off at times, too. This is especially the case with Killer Croc, whose only apparent function is to deliver the odd, cheesy one-liner here and there. And as for the villain? Just plain old I’m-gonna-take-over-the-world drivel.

Direction

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Nice ride ya got there Mr J

Suicide Squad tries to imitate the irreverent swagger of Deadpool, and it in part succeeds. However, Deadpool knew exactly what it was. Suicide Squad feels like a petulant teenager struggling to find their identity. One minute it’s a superhero film, the next it’s a supernatural thriller, then it’s an origins story. Again, inconsistency plays a big part here.

That said, it does look pretty nice. Vibrant colours pop here and there and even when a scene takes place in the dark (which is quite often) there’s always something to grab the eye. The only real downside here is the abundance of CGI. But given that it’s a totally absurd superhero film, I’ll let it off.

Oh, and the soundtrack is pretty cool, too – though I’m fully aware that not everyone will agree.

Performances

There are a couple of casting issues with this film, notably Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Her performance is serviceable, but she doesn’t quite feel right for the role – unfortunately, to explain why would be to spoil a big part of the film.Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn were spot on, though. It’s just as well seeing as they’re essentially the stars of the film.

Then, of course, there’s Jared Leto as The Joker. But contrary to what the trailers would have you believe, he isn’t as integral to the plot as you might think: he only appears in a few small scenes, most of which are flashbacks. Nevertheless, the scenes that he is in, Leto mostly nails his blinged-up take on DCs most infamous villain. But where does he rank on the top 10 Joker list? Well his performance isn’t as good as Ledger’s – obviously – but it’s up there.

In a few words…

Messy, messy fun.

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