They’re No Guardians – Suicide Squad (2016)

Should have gone a different direction.  So what does the city do when they are facing baddies that could potentially end the world as they know it, but Superman is napping and Batman has a hot date with Selina Kyle?  A secret government agency recruits a team of villains, motivates them with death threats and reductions in prison sentences, hires a babysitter and points them in the direction of the impending doom.  I have already made it known that I am not a fan of what DC is doing with their universe building.  It’s messy, Marvel is making them look bad, and it is a big case of trying too hard and not taking the necessary amount of time.  I held out hope for Suicide Squad, because the trailers did look entertaining, but I should’ve known better, because they are inept at piecing together a movie that satisfies.

SUICIDE SQUADDC and Zack Snyder can put together badass trailers, and that is about it.

Much like Batman v Superman, the most frustrating thing about Suicide Squad is that it’s not all bad, and there are elements that are effective, you just wish they were present in a better movie.  The whole entire reason why this movie exists is because of the wild and unexpected success of Guardians of the Galaxy.  They want this to be Guardians so bad, so much so that it even has a spot where it uses Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky, and I promise you that was no accident.  People really responded to this rogue band of misfits led by a Han Solo esque character, so adapting a movie about a gang of villains is the only next logical step.  There are characters in here that don’t have a damn thing to do.  The best part about this movie is Will Smith.  He is committed to the role of Deadshot, and it is refreshing to see him play a scoundrel of a character, although they still felt obligated to give him a tender back story.  They clearly wanted to make a Deadshot movie, and I would have respected them far more if they had just gone for that, because the script writers came up empty when thinking up things for Killer Croc, Diablo, Katana and Captain Boomerang to do.

boomMaybe one day we can get Jai Courtney and Sam Worthington in a movie together to battle off to see who is the more generic action star.

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) has a large part to this, and I thought she did decent.  Her purpose is threefold in that she is the crazy girl, she hits things with a baseball bat, and she is eye-candy in skimpy costumes, and she fills all three.  Whatever is going on between her and Will Smith in their personal life, I don’t really care about, and they both do well enough in their respective roles.  I am not a fan of the concept behind this as well as the story.  It’s just a bad idea that doesn’t hold water, and I kept questioning why this team was being put together.  Why would you fall back to assembling this band of misfits when your storytellers are scrambling in disorganized fashion to tell you that this world is filled to the brim with superheroes?  Did the Flash have the night off?  Was Wonder Woman on a European vacation?  It’s the equivalent to pressing the button to launch a missile when a flyswatter would have done the trick, and it makes it a hard story to get behind because of the gaps in logic.  The worst part about this movie is the antagonists, and The Enchantress is worse than the worst Marvel villain hands down.  I would rather have the Dark Elves of Thor than The Enchantress any day of the week; the faceless army she builds is lame and nondescript, and her random powers are wildly inconsistent.  She has the thinnest of character motivations, and she really dragged the entire movie down for me.

2And you know I can’t end this review without talking about the always odd Jared Leto as The Joker.

I wasn’t overly impressed with Jared Leto as The Joker, but I don’t have a whole lot to say about him because much like the majority of the squad, he isn’t given all that much to do.  I think he has the ability of doing something with the character in future movies, but he didn’t leave much of an impression here other than with his costume choices.  I held on to hope that I was mistaken, but this ultimately ended up being exactly what I was expecting.  There are things I liked, such as Will Smith and the majority of the music selection, but the bad outweighed the good at the end of the day.  DC is consistently making two to two and a half star movies, and here is no different.  It really makes you wonder just how long it will be before they reboot this entire universe.

Suicide Squad (2016) **1/2

– Critic for Hire


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