Ignore The Reviews: Watch Suicide Squad
This review contains no spoilers.
There's a special place in hell for people who watch movies and recommend them on the basis of reviews. The irony in that statement is quite palpable because, this itself is a review of sorts. But here's the rub; the Internet has been kind of aghast with the new
For the uninitiated, Suicide Squad is part of
The great thing about Suicide Squad is that it deals with the bad guys from the DC universe - Deadshot (Will Smith), the Joker (Jaret Leto),
As you'd imagine, each and every one of these bad guys are characters in themselves. This also means, you're in for a cracker of a time, while they interact with each other, diss the world, question the authority of the government and fight together. The chemistry is fabulous. It is something you expect from a movie adaptation of a comic book. It is also something that was lacking from Batman Vs Superman. They kind of remind you of the first Avengers movie, which according to me was the best one yet.
The thing that most critics have not understood about this new DC grand vision of a big movie universe is that it is centered around the comics and there's no attempt to create an Oscar worthy movie using comic characters like the Dark Knight trilogy which was made by Christopher Nolan. These three movies have remained true to what DCs comics have stood for.
They are darker than Marvel's comics, but they have comic elements in twisted ways, thanks to the villains. These movies may have dark overtones, but they are never brooding like the Dark Knight franchise or even Captain America for that matter. Suicide Squad, perhaps, is the most light hearted of them all, which makes it a lot of fun.
As our colleagues from Gizmodo US have pointed out that Warner Bros tampered with the movie when Batman Vs Superman got bad reviews, but I don't believe it to be a bad thing,
The one interesting thing about this movie is that the star attraction isn't
DeadShot is brooding, self-loathing, narcissistic and sardonic to the core. The movie in many ways revolves around him and his story. It is classic Will Smith and one can't imagine a better person to play the character. Similarly, Margot Robbie is a hoot as Harley Quinn. She's beautiful, twisted and madly in love with the Joker (Oops spoiler).
The chemistry between DeadShot and Quinn, and their interactions with the various guards is what makes this movie so much fun. The Joker, unfortunately, doesn't have much of a role in the movie, Jared Leto, is superb in whatever capacity he's in the movie. It is too early to compare him with Heath Ledger's iconic Joker, but Leto's take is more of a throwback to the classic comic-book version of the character, who is a brilliant nut-job.
One also gets the feeling that DC is saving up the Joker for something special. A solo Batman triage or perhaps a tryst with the Justice League.
The problem with the plot at its core is that you don't get time to absorb how and where the villain comes from and what are its motivations. It is all very rushed which seemingly is an after effect of the overly long Batman Vs Superman. Visually, the movie is a spectacle as you'd imagine riddled with special effects and visual magic, but in the second half you get the sense of predictability which pulls down the movie.
And that's the main weakness of the movie, but that's not to say, it is bad. It is actually a pretty good movie. By the end of the movie, you sense some comradery between the Suicide Squad, which admittedly is a team of narcissistic super villains who're incredibly gifted. You see them as humans too, which most of these movies haven't been able to portray.
In a way, Suicide Squad sets the stage for an epic encounter between the Justice League, which is set to be formed in the 2017 movie and a band of villains who're every bit as complex. That's something the Marvel universe hasn't been able to do so far and it could allow DC's franchise to differentiate. So, not bad at all, pretty good actually, ignore the reviews and watch it at least once.
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