Suicide Squad tells the story of a secret government agency that recruits a group of imprisoned super-villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos.
What a badly made, racist, sexist, piece of trash film. The ONLY saving grace of this film was Will Smith bringing his great comedic timing and I always loved the actor.
This film tries to be so much and it does have so much potential but dramatically fails in all ways. The editing made no sense . Writer-director David Ayer reportedly had only six weeks to write the screenplay, which is CLEARLY not enough to write something properly. There is that rare occasion where brilliant screenplays can be written in a short period of time like that of Academy Award winning screenplay Juno that took screenwriter Diablo Cody seven weeks to write (a film that had some good one liners but overall didn’t particularly like) but in this case with Suicide Squad, it doesn’t work in it’s favour.
The editing of the film is a whole other question. Often scenes didn’t interconnect and dream sequences jarring when cut between. It was like the film was edited by so many different people with different styles that created one clusterbomb of a film. This also lead to jokes being misplaced and the jokes forced. A lot of moments edited out of the final film and many moments clearly made for the sake of the trailer, which portrayed nothing of what the final film was like.
As someone who wants to be involved in the film industry as a writer-producer, and even if this wasn’t the case, it was hard not to see the obvious problems with the film. Introductions to characters runs for almost a quarter of the running time, if not half to really understand who these characters are though we don’t get much.
And even with all this character set up, you still don’t care about the characters. You don’t believe the relationship between the Joker and Harley Quinn and if you didn’t know anything about their characters previously, there would be a lot of blanks that would be scratching your head.
You kind of got the loving father vibe from Will Smith’s Deadshot but it seemed somewhat forced and the constant reappearance of his daughter reminding him to be a better person just seemed downright annoying. I had to contain myself to scream outwardly for her to just shut up.
Also, who thought it was a good idea for Cara Delevigne to act? Because she dragged down the whole film and is an absolutely horrible actress, cringeworthy at every moment she was on screen. Her relationship with Joel Kinnaman’s character was so unbelievable and made me want to poke my eyes out with needles then watch them interact. She was a pointless addition and further cemented the film as a failure.
Delevigne was a poor casting choice along with Jared Leto’s joker, who had large shoes to fill after Heath Ledger’s award winning performance. The Dark Knight films are a completely different kind of film to Suicide Squad but that doesn’t make the Joker any less of an interesting character to portray on screen. He has so much to his character but had so little time to show it in screen, racking up only about twenty minutes of screen time.
Speaking of which, this film had no clear protagonist. It did have an antagonist, a bad guy, but even with it’s league of villains battling a larger more evil and powerful villain, there wasn’t a clear person leading that fight that we could even remotely identify or sympathise with or even find interesting. Television shows like House of Cards has a brilliantly created and portrayed villain in Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and films like American Psycho with Patrick Bateman or Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. It can be done right, even in ensemble films like with Tony Stark/Iron Man can be considered a clear protagonist in the Avengers films, Peter Quill/Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, and Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboots.
What Suicide Squad is trying to do is emulate something they can never be. With a string of failures both commercially and creatively, you think they might’ve learned their lesson by now but they clearly haven’t. They need to stop being Marvel, stop trying to be something else, and try to find their own voice. It almost felt like a extremely Guardians of the Galaxy rip off with a bad music mash-up that clearly didn’t suit the supposed aesthetic of the film that David Ayer was trying to create.
All in all, this film is an absolute mess.