By JESSICA MARK
Suicide Squad is a much debated film among fans and critics. Was it good? Was it bad? Well, here is the verdict on DC’s newest edition to its movie franchise.
The film is directed by David Ayer, who is known for successful films such as End of Watch and Training Day, both of which were positively received in the box office. It also boasts a stunning cast of leading actors such as Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie, Deadshot played by Will Smith, and Jared Leto as the infamous Joker. With a successful director, and an influential cast of Hollywood hotshots, where did it all fall flat?
The film begins by introducing the audience to an array of antiheroes, or villains as the movie would rather state. Background is given on the future team and the task at hand. Enchantress, the demonic super-villain of the movie, has possessed the body of June Moone for a number of years. She begins to become too independently powerful, releasing an army of her own creation to destroy the human race in Midway City. Task force X, commonly known as the Suicide Squad, is assigned to defeat the villain, succeeding in the end.
Now, addressing the issues regarding the film’s entirety. For the most part, the setting is contained into one area, Midway City, at least, the 2nd and 3rd acts of the film are. If executed well, one environment may work well for a lengthy movie, but for the most part Suicide Squad felt very limited with this approach. It was hard to break away from the sense of claustrophobia the setting gave off. On the other hand, the 1st act of the film took place in a prison type setting, which I found the most interesting.
As for certain scenes, some did not sit very well with me. For example, the scenes displaying the Joker and Harley’s romance were among the most aggravating to watch. The relationship was far from true to the source material. The movie portrays a more lovey-dovey romance rather than the actual abusive relationship that retains to the storyline of the comics.
Most characters were hardly developed upon, most seeming flat and one dimensional. The only three characters who actually received any type of development or backstory were Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and arguably El Diablo. The others were briefly explained and hardly memorable, in fact, if the rest of the cast were to be removed from the movie, it would hardly leave an impact. The previously mentioned does bring me to another critique I have regarding the film, it speaks for the characters rather than letting the characters speak for themselves. The film does a lot of explaining, yet not a lot of showing. Which, of course, may be the reason why numerous members of the squad fell thin.
The humor and action were present in the film. Most the humor falls flat in my opinion, and the action happens way too often. In my opinion, switching out most of the useless fighting scenes, changing them to scenes where characters interact, and building upon would have been a much better decision. The bar scene in the film is notable for taking time to relax, and actually introduce the audience to the characters, but, sadly, scenes akin to this were hardly existent.
So, what went wrong with the film? A lot, unfortunately. There is a lot to be said upon the film’s cast, story, and direction. Scoring an underwhelming 26% on Rotten Tomatoes yet, still receiving a substantial amount of income in the box office by fans alike. I feel that I, among most fans, were terribly disappointed in the film. The hype surrounding the franchise led me to believe DC may be able to redeem itself, but it was not the case. I wanted to love the movie, but expectations were far from being met.
Hopefully, the next installment in the DC movie franchise will cease to disappoint, but for now my loyalty still, sticks with Marvel.