Audiences have had the mindset that DC has been walking on eggshells in the cinematic world. On the big screen DC has been trumped time and again by the competition. Marvel has been producing one sell out film after another. While these films have been visually appealing they lack what I crave. Emotion. Thought provoking emotion. Thought provoking emotion that is accompanied by a story line. Suicide Squad gave me this in droves. DC is not walking on eggshells. They are beating down doors and doing what they please, because their taste has depth.
Why the bad reviews? (I will stop harping on Marvel and actually critique the film, but read this article after you hear how awesome Suicide Squad is, and when I actually post it.)
Suicide Squad was not what I was expecting. Bracing myself for a Joker laden film filled with Jokeresk references and major Harley Quinn sex icon appeal I was delightfully let down. There were only four brief moments that seemed to be deliberately focusing on Margot Robbie’s body (being a Christian guy I was pleased that Suicide Squad was different from Deadpool on many levels). The focus of the movie was on the minor character Rick Flag and the Squad’s personal failures that led them to be villains.
This film was anti Silver Age (for all those comic book fans). You wanted the bad guys to be free, you wanted them to win, you wanted Deadshot to kill Batman. Admit it, your emotions did not know what to do when that scene slapped you in the face. The thought that they would all perish abruptly was haunting the back of your mind. They would shrug and act as if their lives didn’t matter, but you saw their story. -All Comic Book Character Lives Matter- All of a sudden you realize that you are emotionally attached to these characters that are in an actual story line, a tragic love story nevertheless (not Joker and Harley’s). You want these villains to survive, but unlike every Marvel film, DC isn’t afraid to kill and this thought gnaws at the back of your mind as you love the enemy.
What makes you think? This film develops the characters for us to understand, but they aren’t the same at the end. They claim their wrong doings (maybe not Capt. Boomerang). They take their faults and failures and accept them as part of who they are. This development is beautifully and subtly done.
Taking a step back from the film’s strong plot and character building, there is an uncomfortable style. Uncomfortable initially. It is similar to the first time you heard Heathens by Twenty One Pilots, or tried a strange new food. It isn’t amazing or bad, yet your mind needs time to process before accepting it. Now, you love that food and you turn up Heathens when the radio finally plays something besides Stressed Out. The best way to describe this awkwardness is by crossing Sin City, Naruto, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Batman v. Superman. Take from that what you will.
The best part of this movie is the presence of death, so don’t get too attached. The moment your heart breaks for them and you say, “that one is my favorite” they will be killed. They die well, not some Quicksilver plugin. Watching Suicide Squad with this in mind, you will be mentally prepared to accept the awkward style, and simply offer your emotions on a plate. One more for the comic book nerds, Amanda Waller was executed perfectly. You hate her the whole time.
Now the bad. The Joker. He wasn’t needed and seemed more like a distraction. I was happy he was not trying to imitate Heath Ledger’s Joker (as a friend of mine pointed out every villain, even the sane ones seem to have a slight imitation of him because he did such a good job). He was his own style, but just a little too much.
All in all 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.