Thursday, 4 August 2016

Movie Review - Suicide Squad

   It's the next in line of DC movies, trying to strike gold.  The basis for the film is an unconventional for superheroes one, perhaps taking a page from their competition by picking unorthodox anti heroes like the protectors from outer space or the deceased wader?  So how does the Suicide Squad fare?

  Task Force X is a team composed of villains, forced to take almost lethal missions.  Their first assignment is a search and rescue type within a city infected by a supernatural force.

   What folks are pointing out is the grimness of the previous DC films so this is their chance to lighten up the mood.  The jokes are in there.  They have to be since Joker is present, though the focus is on Harley Quinn.  She gets some one liners in but the presentation seems a little stunted, as if they pause just for her to quip.  There's chances for other characters to get their zingers in like Deadshot and Captain Boomerang but most are hinged on the unhinged Harley.

   The special effects are still top notch, especially with the new gimmick they had with the supernatural matter that oozes out lightning fast.  There's only a few actual metahumans in the mix but their abilities are displayed pretty well.  'Pretty' being a weak word to describe the Enchantress as she looks quite stunning in her different forms.  A problem though is execution.  The final confrontation has the pacing be very off and the slow motion is utilized quite laughably.  It ruined the fast pace set a few seconds earlier for the sake of the drama.  Quite a shame really.

   For the comic book fans, seeing Harley's classic costume is a hoot.  Her being brought to life from the comics is rather well done, with the exception of the editing.  Deadshot being African American shouldn't be a thing but Will Smith is still playing Will Smith.  Captain Boomerang is rightfully Australian but made a little loopier.  What's with the inclusion of the pony unicorn fetish?  I rather like it but would have been happier if Pinkie was more instrumental like save his life or something.  He didn't use enough boomerangs though.  Killer Croc was disappointingly small of stature.  At least his swimming ability was used in favor of his supposed strength, which wasn't featured.  El Diablo was a bright, fiery spot.  His backstory introduction had strange timing but he was a great character.  Heroic at the very least.  Same with Katana who was sadly under utilized and left barely interacting due to language (intentionally?).  This version of the Enchantress is one I'm not familiar with since she is depicted like a witch doctor and not a classic pointed hat witch.  Nice twist but originally unwelcome at first with the involvement of Rick Flag.  It was unwieldy at first but they made it work, which is good for them.  Amanda Waller here is hardly distinguished from the dragon lady from How to Get Away with Murder in terms of cold heartedness.  The Joker himself I enjoyed a lot.  He didn't have the clown gimmicks but he had an air about him.  Not too serious and not too good either.  Looks to be violent fun so can't wait to see what they do with him in the future.  But he and Harley have to be separated to appreciate them.  Something to add would be Scott Eastwood's inclusion as he might as well have been a named and recognizable comic book hero / villain, considering his role.

   Suicide Squad is rather decent action film with some good humor.  The character focus is a little unbalanced (hence one wonders why the other squad members didn't get a snazzy intro) but unbalanced means crazy and that's what the movie is trying to go for.  Strange but the premise could totally have been made for a Ghostbusters movie and it would have worked.  Either way, it's enjoyable enough if one doesn't expect a masterpiece.  But don't treat is as a joke.

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