This film is a rollercoaster of numerous variations. Outside of the film itself being a damn wild (and fun) ride, the unveiling has been anything but serene; it’s basically chaos with a release date. Few, and I mean so, so few films ever live up to the immense hype that can plague an anticipated movie like Deadpool, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now Suicide Squad. Fox took a lesson learned from their own past, Fant4stic, and stepped the fuck away and let the filmmakers of Deadpool be ya know, filmmakers. It seems these days the directors and producers and editors also have to take on the job of negotiator. They have to beg and plead with grubby little studio executives to not obliterate any and all semblance of the movie that was originally intended. Studio executives like to jump the gun, a lot. A lot. After the less than stellar reviews of BvS took a massive steaming pile on the internet, Warner Bros. also took a collective shit in their expensive, probably silk (maybe satin) panties and then apparently wiped it all over what was meant to be their saving grace, Suicide Squad.
“BvS is too serious!” some on the interwebs exclaimed. “Too much is happening, it’s overstuffed!” others farted out via their keyboards. Warner Bros. and other studios only seem to listen to the fans when the convenience of listening to the fans has made like Elvis and left the fucking building. Reports have recently come out saying that WB (Warner Bros.) just couldn’t help themselves and had to take over to make this film “more fun and exciting”. Great, but did you have to cut nearly everything we were looking forward to? Don’t get me wrong, Suicide Squad, despite what the jaded critics are spewing, is a ton of fun and a definite recommend from me, myself, and I to any and all comic fans to check out. But where’s Joker for crying out loud?! All the talk, all the build-up of this new interpretation of such a beloved villain and he’s in the film ten to fifteen minutes. Expectations have to be managed, yes, but gutting it, out of some misplaced fear of repeating past mistakes by repeating the same god damn mistakes is not okay, not to mention stupid. When studios do this it’s as if they block out the one thing needed for success, the fans.
We as the fans have never been quiet about what we want to see in these movies but time and time again, (MARVEL excluded, they seem to get it) the studios treat us like manic children (we kind of are, I’ll admit) who wouldn’t know a good idea if it bit us in the ass and gave us imagination-rabies. They scoff and wave us off and say, “Sure that’s what you SAY you want, but we as millionaires driving Ferraris know a lot more about these whatchamacallit, superhero things. Just sit down and we will deliver… a big steaming pile right at your velcro-shoed feet.”
Luckily, much to the disagreement of critics, it would seem out of sheer talent from the cast and focused filmmaking from David Ayer and Co., Suicide Squad ended up being light years ahead of BvS (I liked that movie, the Ultimate Edition is better, just saying). It’s a success in my mind and a bit of a tragedy in the world of film thinking about what could have been. We received a movie that is good but possibly could have been given something legendary.
The movie, any outside “noise” not included, is a tight, admittedly messy, jaunt into madness with the craziest of the crazy as our tour guides. These characters are not given much in the way of backstories with the exception of Deadshot and Harley Quinn. While not sought after, the characters’ lack of backstory isn’t a major hindrance on the overall product. This is meant to be a kick-ass, funny, violent, and most certainly demented journey into the darker side of superheroism. It’s bad vs evil and the line between the two gets thinner by the minute as these characters are faced with moral issues that contradict everything they know to be true about themselves. Runaway or save the day… this squad of psychos will shock everyone.
In my most humble of opinion, two characters stood out above the rest, Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Given at least some time to carve out a history leading up to their present situation, these two whimsically psychotic villains truly shine as unstable, but lovable nutjobs. A third villain could have been added had his scenes not been cut; Jared Leto as the Joker is a different version of the clown than I’m used to and that definitely had me intrigued.
Heath will always be in my mind the quintessential Joker but new interpretations were always going to happen and now Leto has donned the makeup. Ledger brought something intangible to his performance and so has Leto, in the small amount of time he was given. Every time he entered the scene, Leto’s Joker created this unease that could be cut with a knife. I was genuinely intimidated by his presence as were the innocence unfortunately found in his path and rightfully so. He carried himself with a sense of anger and joy all at the same time making him pretty damn intense and unquestionably fascinating to watch. He isn’t Ledger so if you’re going to compare the two as a way of determining if Leto’s performance is good, you will hate him. He is not worse, or better, and definitely not the same, he’s just different, in a good way. Cherish Ledger’s performance for what it is and try to make some room for Leto because I think he has harnessed the spirit of the Joker quite convincingly.
Ayer lends his affinity for grit and realism and clashes it together with superheroes and witches. With his talent for storytelling and tremendous skill behind the camera, he directs this all-star cast into the crazier side of moviemaking. I loved this movie but I will always wonder what could have been if Ayer and DC had been given absolute free reign. There are problems with this movie, but that was always a given I think. Just try to have fun with Suicide Squad, keep your expectations in check and let this batshit crazy movie take you on a rollercoaster ride that you actually want to experience, WB not included.
Rated PG-13 For: sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language
Runtime: 123 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman
Directed By: David Ayer
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3/ Acting: 4/ Directing: 4/ Visuals: 4.5
OVERALL: 4 Nerdskulls
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