Another one bites the dust. DC just can’t seem to catch a break with the Critics right?
Well, before Suicide Squad made it to the theatres, there had been various issues surrounding its production including lots of re-shoots done very close to the movie’s release. Unfortunately, this is obvious from the movie’s incoherent narrative and its general sloppiness.
As humans, I believe we have moved past the era where comic book adaptations are basically action-centred and full of theatrics. In this time and age; character development, visual effects and most importantly impeccable narratives (amongst other prerequisites) go a long way to determine a solid adaptation.
Written and Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad is set directly after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but all you really need to know about the previous film is that Superman died at the end of it (sorry if you didn’t know). His death has left a somewhat devastating aftermath on the earth, and nations are suddenly unsure of how well suited they are to defend the world against any meta-humans that may crawl out of the woodwork. This is what pushes the delightfully cruel Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis) to try something crazy but in her words, ‘necessary’. She decides to put together a strike team made up of ‘super-villains’ who have nothing left to lose but who are within her tight control. Talk about creating your own problems 101?
She places them under command of Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), to be used as disposable assets in high-risk missions for the United States government. Don’t worry, she really has a way to control these guys, but that as you know, we try to be as spoiler proof as possible.
While Suicide Squad failed in its narrative, the Cast was able to deliver what we call cinematically enjoyable performances and that is probably why Critics and audiences seem to have polar reactions to the film. Margot Robbie who plays Harley Quinn is the unrivalled star here; she’s embodied Harley Quinn so well that we can forget her tacky love story with Ogbeni Joker himself and just bask in the excellence of her performance. Will Smith aka Deadshot came a close second with a fine mixture of humour and hunkiness, I mean is that guy not an old somebody? These two basically led the pack of villains making the others more like ‘okay’ extras. Joel Kinnaman who has had critically acclaimed roles on TV gave a solid performance as Rick Flag and Viola Davis showed us that Annalise Keating was just child’s play when it came to mean old characters she could portray. Those of you that are familiar with Annalise may be a little used to her though.
The quality and strength of the Villain in any movie is the major factor in determining its success and what makes it a truly great movie. Cara Delevigne who plays Enchantress did what she could with what she was given and I dare say she did well. However, a film already full of anti-heroes and villains deserves an even deadlier super super villain to make it worthwhile, regrettably, Suicide Squad falls quite flat. It was all just too uninspired. Almost like the Enchantress was not used to her full capacity or the combination of villains did not have what it takes to defeat her on a deadlier scale. Whatever the case, all her serenre and their finale just didn’t cut it.
All in all, Suicide Squad felt rushed, and a lot of its Characters were underused or most times outshined by another. This could have turned out to be Jay Hernandez’s breakout performance, but we mostly wondered why Diablo was in the movie till … (no spoilers). Jared Leto’s Joker turned out to be a surprisingly minor character and was unable to fill in Heath Ledger’s phenomenal shoes like we had hoped. I don’t know if it was more because we expected a lot, because, I can assure you that it didn’t feel like the producers even tried to fill those shoes.
The conclusion is that Suicide Squad doesn’t live up to the hype built up around it, however, I keep wondering which film this year has? Maybe Deadpool? What saves it is that, there are decent qualities to the film that an audience may appreciate and fans should be able to enjoy. Nonetheless, if you have the chance, you may want to see the movie in a cinema near you to determine which end of the divide you fall…