Thoughts on the Suicide Squad movie

12 January, 2017

Suicide SquadI do not get to movie theaters much anymore, so I waited for this to be available on DVD and finally got around to watching Suicide Squad.  I was a fan of the original comic thought I have not followed the series recently.  To my surprise, considering what I had heard about it, it was actually pretty entertaining.  The opening third is slow, laying out too much unnecessary background but once it gets to the action, it starts to come together.  While it is far from perfect (some of my concerns, I will discuss below) it much more than I was expecting and it has some surprisingly effective sequences.  If you like superhero or action movies, you will probably enjoy it.

More thoughts and Concerns (spoilers probably abound):

Viola Davis is perfect as Amanda Waller, focused, ruthless and essentially every bit as evil as the villains she is manipulating, she just has the fig leaf of serving her country.

I suspect the movie would have been much better if it had started in media res and filled in background as the characters interacted.  Because the first third of the film, the set up, is dark and dull and shows the jail guards as being nearly as bad as the inmates which rather weakens any moral posturing.

I prefer the upright patriot Flagg (of the original comic series) who hates to be working with criminals to the grim and compromised Flagg of the film (also, if they are trying to keep Task Force X a secret, why are they parading them in front of the troops and sending them in besides special forces?).

Too many characters!  Essentially only Harley and Deadshot, and to a lesser extent Flagg, get enough screen time for any character development.  I am sure this is partly due to keeping the running time of the movie constrained but why have so many when you cannot adequately use them?  A tighter cast of say four core team members and two or three there just to get killed would have worked much better.

Jared Leto’s Joker was . . . interesting but not to my tastes.  Too much something.  I think he would have been better kept in the shadows and only appearing at the end.  While I prefer a slightly less sexualized Harley, I thought Margot Robbie did a fine job with the role she was given.

The transformation from Dr Moone to the Enchantress was worth the price of admission all by itself, and the special effects in general were well done.

I will watch it again in the future, it has some good pieces even if the whole is less than perfect.

If you have seen it, what did you like or dislike about the film?

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