Finally! After months of anticipation, Suicide Squad hits theaters this weekend. I am about to say something I never thought I’d say about a DC Entertainment movie, after the debacle that was Batman Vs Superman; I really liked it! All that things they got wrong in B vs S, they got right in this one. They didn’t shy away from the inherent ‘comic book’ nature of the material but they allowed it to find its own voice as well. It had a very ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ vibe and that’s a good thing. It had a quick pace, a great script that showcased all the characters which, considering the size of this ensemble, was not an easy thing to do. The story was a bit scattered, but I can forgive that because of all the backstory and character info they had to pack into the first act. A lot is going on and it’s hard to see how things line up, but they eventually do before the ‘run into danger, kill things’ formula begins to grow old. A particular shout out to Margot Robbie who stole the show as Harley Quinn. I have always wondered how this demented damsel would look in a movie and how she would be portrayed and I’m glad to say that she nailed it. She balances the sexy nature of the character with the strength she possesses. The costume is something you’d see in a strip club, but that’s kind of the thing with Harley. She makes you think she’s a ditz, but there’s a brain behind those sparkly eyes. The rest of the cast does a great job of bringing these heroes(?) to life. Will Smith brings a human side to Deadshot and you see he’s more than just a hitman in a costume.
A few low points, I’m afraid. Killer Croc was one of my least favorite characters. Physically he looked odd. His head was too large for his surprisingly small body. He didn’t look right. You know what I mean, but the one thing I did not like about this movie, and I am loathe to say it, was the Joker. I am a big fan of Mr. J, but Jared Leto’s incarnation of him left me baffled. There was so much wrong. He looked like just some guy who painted his face, dyed his hair and wore too much red lipstick. He was portrayed as some kind of mob boss, and while that has been an angle used for the character, the Joker I love does not play that. He’s a psychotic creature of chaos who doesn’t know what he’s going to do next anymore than his victims. He doesn’t have tattoos and he doesn’t dress like a ’70’s pimp. It felt like they just tossed Joker into the mix because they needed something to fortify Harley’s story, but it came off like such an after thought, it barely had any effect on the movie. If Jared Leto is going to return as the Joker in future films, let’s hope he takes a cue from the comic books. The Joker there carries a lethal tension and madness that this one was missing. If you don’t believe me, check out ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’. He may not be cool and hip with tattoos and all, but he’s a stone cold killer nonetheless.
In the final analysis, this movie was worth a night out to see. It found the energy that all the previous DC movies had lost and I hope they keep it up with upcoming films. It was good to see that the DC Movie Universe still had a few sparks of life left in it. Here’s hoping for Doom Patrol in 2018!
The audience: It was opening night and I had low expectations. The auditorium was packed and I was ready for the worst. Pleasantly , the audience was quiet for the most part. Only sparking noise when something moved them to laugh, which was okay. They just laughed and didn’t bother to analyze why it was they laughed. The man in front of me however tried my patience. He kept leaning forward in his seat and getting his head in my line of sight for the whole movie. The funny thing was that there had been some drama over his seat and he was a big, black man. The guy to retake his seat was an even bigger man, but that wasn’t as annoying as the girl next to me. She spent the whole time curled up in her man’s arms and I could tell she didn’t really want to see the movie because she was constantly checking her phone! Dude! Take her to a chick flick if that’s why you came to the movies! She clearly didn’t want to be there, so when she got bored she would check her phone. So rude.