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07 August 2016 @ 10:18 pm
Movie Review: SUICIDE SQUAD (spoiler warning)  
(Warning: there are spoilers here)

Saw SUICIDE SQUAD Saturday at IMAX. Semi-entertaining but wow, what a mess.

The first third was completely introduction of characters. So much introduction I started wondering if the entire movie was going to be introduction. And even after the introduction I didn't feel like I had any insight into characters except for Deadshot (played by Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie).

After the introduction, I had to go to the bathroom. When I came back from the bathroom, Captain Boomerang was talking to a character. It was like this character was important, it was like this character was part of the team. I had never seen this character. I asked the person next to me "who's that?" and he said "some rope guy, he just showed up." Two minutes later, "rope guy" (Slipknot) was dead. His entire role was to serve as an example that Amanda Waller and Rick Flagg were serious about the bombs. But since he had JUST SHOWED UP in the movie, with no introduction, who cared about him? WTH?

So the Suicide Squad goes about their mission. And their mission was to get Amanda Waller from the top floor of a building to the roof so a helicopter could pick her up and fly away. She couldn't walk up a flight of stairs? They couldn't bring the helicopter to the window? WTH? Never mind that a witch is opening up a big portal and threatening to destroy the earth. Suicide Squad's job is to help Amanda Waller get up stairs. And she doesn't need any help anyway. WTH?

And, by the way, do not work for Amanda Waller. Worst Boss Ever. Can you imagine the glassdoor reviews on that workplace? "We did our best, working late, under very trying circumstances, and then she shot everyone!" WTH?

Enchantress is doing something involving a beam and a portal with trash hanging around it, threatening to "destroy them all." But I'm not too sure how that plan was actually supposed to work. And the way to break her plan, and to destroy the brother, was just to blow things up with explosives. Why not just drop bombs from planes? Or from helicopters? WTH?

Deadshot was an engaging character, especially as played by Will Smith. Humorous, attitude, seemed to have something at stake. I think his future will be as a government hitman. Makes sense, especially because he wants to be around for his daughter. Harley Quinn was also engaging because she actually had some character, and a relationship that meant something. Sure, it was with the Joker, but there actually seemed to be some caring there. In a strange, twisted way. The Rick Flagg - Enchantress relationship was supposed to be touching and meaningful, but I never really got what they did for each other. Diablo was also a pretty good character, too bad he had to be the one to sacrifice himself, but his "turning into a monster" at the big fight was very nice. Amanda Waller was a badass but, again, what's her motivation? The whole "team full of villains" just never seemed to click in terms of answering them question - why use them versus finding some superheroes?

So, indeed, SUICIDE SQUAD was a hot mess. Several times, while watching, I said to myself "I have no real idea of why anything here is happening the way it is." Scenes just seemed to be thrown together semi-randomly without any real plan. And the plot itself just made no sense.

But it made $135 million so we'll get a sequel. I don't have a lot of hope it will be better.

- yeff
 
 
 
Dorothy Winsordawtheminstrel on August 8th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
Spoken like a man who has given a lot of thought to what makes a good story! My husband complains that I constantly ruin TV shows for him when I point out things like how the cast all had to sit around in a bar and explain the plot to one another at the end.
jeffsoesbejeffsoesbe on August 8th, 2016 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when a movie or tv show isn't going well the writing brain tends to kick in and say "what's not working here?". And SUICIDE SQUAD was full of those moments as you noticed!