‘Suicide Squad’: The New Age of Comic Movies is here?
Written by Reid Smith on August 14, 2016
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Scribed by: Brandon Bounds
DC and Warner Bros. are at it again. Since their announcement of expanding their cinematic universe, the two companies have been cranking out movies left and right. Back in February, DC and Warner Bros. released Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film they hoped would give the edge they need to receive positive reviews from its audience. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The movie that lasted two and a half hours ended up getting the worst reviews of them all from various critics.
The companies decided to push through that and try to learn from their mistakes. When they announced the making of Suicide Squad, people were hesitant. Could this actually be a huge comeback for DC or will it end up at the bottom with BvS and Green Lantern?
Suicide Squad premiered in theaters on August 4, 2016. The newest DC film installment starred a wide array of talented actors and actresses, including Will Smith, Jared Leto and Viola Davis.
According to IMDb, the movie’s storyline is as follows:
“A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.”
Despite its highly anticipated hype it received from fans, reviews from movie critics did not do the film justice.
A.O. Scott, chief critic for the New York Times, called Suicide Squad a “so-so, offpeak superhero movie.”
Scott said, “It chases after the nihilistic swagger of ‘Deadpool’ and the anarchic whimsy of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ but trips over its own feet.”
Emily Yahr, entertainment reporter for The Washington Post, compared Suicide Squad to three other superhero movies with nightmarish behind-the-scene scandals. She mentioned how the director of the film David Ayer encouraged the stars to fight each other and a certain “incident” with the dead pig.
Rotten Tomatoes even gave the movie a 28% rating. Fans were furious and petitioned in an effort to get rid of the website.
There’s a lot missing from these reviews. Though Suicide Squad may not be an award-winning movie and does have its flaws which will be explained later, the movie does deserve credit for what it has done. Here’s where this review comes in.
Casting Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was probably the best thing for the film. Davis played her character well enough for the audience to hate her and that’s what needed to happen. In the comics, Amanda Waller’s character is a little mysterious. The way she operates, it seems like she can manipulate the government’s power in the palm of her hands. However, she claims her actions are for the people’s sake in order to keep on their good side. Needless to say, Davis captured that role perfectly.
The introduction of each member of the Suicide Squad was paced fairly well. Each character had a few minutes of spotlight, detailing their abilities and their past that led them to where they are now. Because of that, the film was quick to jump straight into the main plot. This gave time for the necessary character development that was needed for the audience to not only enjoy the film itself, but the characters, especially Harley Quinn and Deadshot.
This movie proves that, even as a villain, Will Smith is great in any role he is given. For those who don’t read the comics, Deadshot is a ruthless assassin with an excellent talent for using firearms. He was once married, is now divorced and even has a daughter whom he loves so much. Smith was the perfect person to play this role and here’s why. He had a movie role in which he portrayed an anti-hero. He had a role in a couple of films in which he had to raise a child all by himself. He has even performed a couple of roles in which he used firearms against people. In addition, due to the current status of racial stereotypes, crime is generally associated with black people. Thus, Will Smith was hired. There were just factors that just stood out and somehow made perfect sense as to why Smith was casted. Nonetheless, he still gave the audience a hell of a performance.
Suicide Squad was able to resolve the issue most fans feared and that was the character development of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Quinn’s character was given the right amount of attention for the majority of the movie. Her actual character development was not over abused; however, her physical appearance was. For example, the entire squad is suiting up for a big battle and were given the chance to acquire the weapons and costume changes necessary. Deadshot (Smith) is armed in his red and black suits and firearms. Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoyue-Agbaje) even dressed down in his best outfit to hide his feral instincts. Harley Quinn, on the other hand, acquired a bat and some really revealing booty shorts. By “revealing,” it means her ass was hanging for the major duration of the movie. For some, it probably did not mean much because Quinn is basically the female eye candy. However, when it came to fight scenes and such, it sort of throws you off and makes you wonder. How serious is she about the world possibly being destroyed? Is she really the ideal hero the world needs?
Then, there’s Jared Leto. The true question remains. Did the role of the Joker Leto portrayed live up to the expectations of the audience? Looking on the internet and various social media, there were several mixed reviews. What is this reviewer’s take on Leto, you may ask? Here it is. For what it was given to him, Leto did what he could to do his best performance of the iconic villain. Given the atmosphere the film was taking, Leto did a great job. Now, whether or not it was worth having a dead pig sent to the set of the film during production time is still in the air. Nonetheless, The Joker could have been played by an actor (or even actress) that could have butchered the role. Just be glad Leto did a decent job.
After talking about Joker and Quinn, let’s get one thing straight. Harley Quinn and Jared Leto are not relationship goals! Listen, ladies and gentlemen, If your relationship gets to the point where you’re trying to bust the other out of jail and are both mentally and possibly physically unstable, you need to take a step back and reevaluate what you have going on. There is the saying that “love conquers all,” but is it really worth living the lives as rebels? The internet can say that their relationship is a better love story than Twilight, but there is a thick, bold line between morality and insanity that needs to be understood.
There was one more scene that was very humorous which many people did not catch.
WARNING: THE SCENE THAT WILL BE DESCRIBED NOW IS NOT A SPOILER UNLESS YOU HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF THIS PARTICULAR CHARACTER’S BACKGROUND!
There is a scene where Katana (Karen Fukuhara) is seen crying to her sword and the ghostly spiritual aura was surrounding the blade. Long story short, it was explained that her brother’s soul was trapped within the blade and forever guides Katana on her journey as a swordsman. The main reason this was a humorous scene was not because she just started randomly crying in the middle of the movie for no reason, but because this is pure representation of what an anime would look like in real life.
The movie delivered a lot more visual effects than what was portrayed in the trailer. There were moments where it was just too much, but overall it gave some characters and the settings more depth.
Last but not least, the soundtrack is what made the movie. Because of the creator’s intention of creating a Deadpool-like atmosphere with a dark twist, he helped acquired artists and composers to match that style. Artists like Twenty One Pilots, Skrillex and Panic! At The Disco, to just name a few, were the right ingredients needed for a film that was targeted for more of a young adult audience.
Here’s the final judgement. Suicide Squad was a huge comeback from the mess that was Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This brings new hope for Warner Bros. and DC as they continue to expand their cinematic universe. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. DC may have to go through several trials and errors before they can come up with the perfect movie formula for its franchise. Let’s just hope they find it sooner rather than later.