Movie Review: Suicide Squad
September 16, 2016
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Heroes are cast aside and the villains of Earth are set free in the new hit movie from DC comics, Suicide Squad. With high hopes for this multi-million dollar movie, every comic book lover was eagerly waiting for this film to be shown in theatres as soon as the trailers came out. But was it really everything everyone had hoped? Looking at the reviews would suggest not.
Suicide Squad, as previously stated, is the newest movie in the hero world, but this time with a twist. The story follows an all villain fighting team, stolen from the depths of their jail cells to fight an evil even larger than they are. The main protagonists, or antagonists if you’re being literal, follows a wide array of characters. There’s Floyd Lawton, a helpful father by day and killer assassin by the name of Deadshot by night, a mentally insane social worker turned evil named Harley Quinn, a human flame named Diablo, and many other anti-sidekicks. They come together to fight an evil witch seemingly more powerful than the rag-tag team of misfits. Looking at the cast of well-rounded actors and promising plot portrayed in the trailer, you might assume this movie was a 5 star ordeal, but many viewers have mixed reviews.
On one end of the rope, where most of the teenage fans are, there’s a large amount of praise for how the movie turned out. Of course, these biases are manufactured from the Hot Topic era of the love for angsty characters and the obsession with psychotic darkness. Hot Topic, a store that sells dark gothic clothing and t-shirts with bands/movie references on them, has already sold thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise created specifically for this movie. The reasons for this could be a very small amount of things as the movie had very little strong points, if any. The soundtrack, admittedly, was well put together. The music supervisors crafted a well-produced playlist that completely made the movie. They added punk elements by putting bands in like Twenty One Pilots and Panic! At The Disco to add to the grungy feel of the film, and iconic rap songs made by Eminem and G-eazy that feed the back-alley, villain vibe the movie has presented to viewers. Another element to this movie that wasn’t specifically terrible was the character Harley Quinn who was fairly accurate to the comic book character. She’s a lovable, dorky girl that’s also a strong-willed fighter.
All other aspects of the neurotically made film fail to compare to anything other Marvel or even past DC movies have done. To start, the setup to Suicide Squad takes a whole 20 minutes, approximately. It introduces the characters slowly and childishly with a side scroll of the characters names and powers, thoughtlessly explaining who the characters are without letting the plot and actions further the villains characteristics. Even with this horrible display of the protagonists, only some of the characters’ backgrounds are explained, and with so many of them, only a few get the spotlight they need. . But even throughout the rest of the movie, some plot points fail to be explained and everything feels choppy and inconsistent when watching it.
Even with this being a movie centered around sadistic or damaged characters, the ending is relatively happy, everything resolved and tied up in a neat little bow. The contradiction between this and the rest of Suicide Squad is quite jarring, along with the distasteful one liners spoken by previously great actors. The juxtaposition between greatness and horribleness is actually a recurring theme in this movie, and makes for an interesting watching experience, putting it lightly.
Don’t just take anyone’s advice about it though. Everyone should go see the movie and form their own ideas about it themselves. It’s highly advised for individuals to not follow in the footprints of their peers who tell them how good or bad something is, but to find out their own opinions. Whether someone liked the movie or not, Suicide Squad is a revolutionary movie of 2016 that can leniently be enjoyed. Its if you’re laughing with the movie or at the movie that is the real question.