'Suicide Squad,' evil made boring
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis |
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Rated: PG - 13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language
Recommended to: Those looking for a truly underwhelming superhero experience.
Synopsis: Imprisoned supervillains are brought together to serve as a safety net for the world now that Superman has died.
Review: I don’t know that I would say that I enjoyed “Batman v Superman,” but I was certainly more of an advocate of the film than most critics. Seeing superheroes reflect the worst aspects of society, rather than the traditional best of society, was an interesting choice. Particularly when it came to Superman.
“Suicide Squad” is a joyless, disjointed and unrewarding cinematic experience. Anyone hoping that the wit and humor of “Guardians of the Galaxy” might serve as a reference point to this supervillain team up will find little to smile about. Every joke has already been featured in the film’s trailers (there’s even a funny bit in one of the trailers that isn’t even in the film) and there isn’t enough action or character development to make up for the lack of humor.
Shouldn’t “Suicide Squad” be more fun and entertaining than this dirge that David Ayer has created? Shouldn’t Deadshot (Will Smith) be given a gleeful moment when he, unburdened by consequence, realizes that he can use his impressive skills, be a badass and still make his daughter proud?
Shouldn’t Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) be able to be a sexbomb, playfully chew up the scenery and be a menacing force to be reckoned with? Hot and crazy only gets you so far.
Can’t Katana be something more than wallpaper? Maybe she’s not allowed to talk. I don’t know. You tell me.
The less we say about Enchantress (Cara Deleingne) the better. Her Gozer routine is ruining my childhood.
I do like what we get from Diablo (Jay Hernandez) apart from the cheesy CGI of him setting fire to the prison. That’s Asylum (“Sharknado”) level CGI.
As for the Joker, we just aren't given enough to really tell.
The problem is that anyone familiar with Ayer’s films could have told Warner Bros. that they were bound to get a dark and gritty film that no amount of neon lights was going to lighten up. He’s rarely fun (only “The Fast and the Furious” might qualify). Still, if he had been able to make an exciting thriller I’d forgive the lack of laughs, but the film is so disjointed it never generates any momentum.
By the time our anti-heroes save the world from the mystic hula dancer and her brother (cosplaying as Tim Curry’s Darkness from “Legend”) there’s really no sense of tension.
“Suicide Squad” is never as abysmal as “Fantastic Four” or “Green Lantern,” but it is misguided in a way that makes me wonder if DC is ever going to get on track. Marvel has had its share of misfires, but they seem to always be followed by films that remind us why we love superheroes in the first place.
When the dust clears and the box office receipts are counted we’ll see if that proposed Harley Quinn film will come to fruition. If it does, I hope they figure out a way to not simply objectify her. The character and Robbie deserve better.
For now, all eyes are on “Wonder Woman.” Make me excited to see “Justice League,” please. No, really. I’m begging you.