Friday, August 12, 2016
Rapid Fire (Film) Review - Suicide Squad!
In Realm Beyond Sight's "Rapid Fire Review" I hit the good, the bad, and try to get out before the review becomes too long winded. In this new review I take a look at David Ayer's Suicide Squad.
The newest film in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) has been released and surprisingly everyone seems to be split on it. I on the other hand, very much enjoyed it. It is not perfect but this is by far the best film out of the three in the DCEU (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad).
Taking a quick look at some of the characters, Margot Robbie nails the role of Harley Quinn and brought her to life beautifully. She expressed the many sides of Harley in the film and it is clear there is so much more room for the character to grow. That said, there was a lot to Harley that the writers also missed. More on that in a second. I was pleasantly surprised by Jared Leto's incarnation of the Joker. I thought he did a really good job and commanded the scenes that he was in. His version combines the gangster and maniacal side of the character which gave him an overall dangerous feeling. Between these two, they really got the relationship between Harley Quinn and the Joker down. Harley's love for the Joker is clear while he himself goes back and forth from love to distaste. However, it is a real shame that we get no indication of the abusive side to their relationship which is a very key part. Will Smith did a great job as Deadshot and it is not surprising he got a large role considering Deadshot leads the Suicide Squad in the comics and it is Will Smith after all. Looking at the other characters in the film you notice they all had a bit of a smaller role. Although he stands to the side for much of this film, El Diablo eventually does get his moment to shine in a big way. Both Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc take backseat roles but do have small moments that deliver some fun parts. Katana is under utilized and in my opinion can be removed completely with no effect to the film. It is also never fully explained why she is working with Rick Flag and the US government. Enchantress was a cool character and had her differences from the comic but in the end was not the ultimate villain many were expecting. Then there is her brother, Incubus, who in the end is completely forgettable and a CGI mistake.
I thought the inclusion of Batman in the few scenes he was given was fantastic. It was just enough and not over the top. This was a Batman that is true to the comics. He was looking for justice not to kill. Flash's small cameo worked nicely as Captain Boomerang is a part of his rogues gallery.
The film for the most part flows smoothly but there were a few moments that seems disjointed. The moments where I really felt this however were due to the music playing that suddenly stopped dead when the scene changed. Looking at the overall feel, the film definitely had a Guardians of the Galaxy vibe to it and there are even some direct correlation between the two. Overall I enjoyed the film and thought that it was a success. It is a fun introduction to many new characters and has both humor and serious action sequences. In that sense, well done. However, moving forward Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have to develop their characters a lot better.
One last thing that is fun and annoying. There is a fun little mid-credits scene between Amanda Waller and Bruce Wayne that leads into Justice League but it makes me ask how many people out there know Bruce's Batman secret? Sheesh!
Rating: Definitely worth seeing. See it and enjoy it but don't look to deeply into it.
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