By Mike Sweets | August 6, 2016
Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Jaime FitzSimons, Ike Barinholtz, Margot Robbie, Christopher Dyson, Bambadjan Bamba, Viola Davis, Ted Whittall, David Harbour, Robin Atkin Downes, Robert B. Kennedy, Billy Otis, Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, Jared Leto, James McGowan, Jim Parrack
Where to begin? “Epic!”, “Awesome!”, “Thrilling!” These are words that will never be used to describe the two-year anticipation of Suicide Squad. To say it was a “let down” would be putting it nicely.
The film starts out with everything you’ve seen from the trailers. There is a team of bad people being assembled to bring justice to a broken system. It sounds refreshing in theory, but the execution of David Ayer left quite a bit to be desired.
The viewer gets stoked on Viola Davis’s character introduction and break-down. They enjoy the quick one-liners from Will Smith. They see the slight back story of Harley Quinnzel portrayed by Margot Robbie. The abilities and quirks of new characters are revealed and the audience starts to anticipate that they will see something pretty astonishing and amazing. The characters are shown being from prison, but randomly a girl with a sword and a special forces guy randomly appear and you’re just supposed to not ask questions. The audience is lulled into a false sense of hope that there will be a huge pay-off with these characters and such familiar words as Gotham, Bruce Wayne, Superman, and meta-humans. Little do they know, they are in for two hours of their life that would have better be spent doing any of the following:
– solving algebraic equations
– watching re-runs of Friends, Frasier, or Gilmore Girls
– shoveling an imaginary drive-way
The list is literally endless…
With a sloppy plot line of assembling a team and having them go on many wild missions, we see failure in Suicide Squad as the team is assembled and call in for only one mission. There is no chance to establish witty banter. No opportunity to see any one character show their skills in this arena or that side alley-way. Suicide Squad skims over simple character development to give the viewer what DC Comics thought they wanted, awkward cut-scenes of Jared Leto’s embodiment of The Joker failing extremely hard.
To be brief, the team is introduced. One member of the team decides to go rogue because they are tired of being bossed around. The remaining members are then called in to stop said rogue member of the team. Throw in your idea of the worst acting and worst comedic timing you’ve ever seen and that’s it. That is the culmination of what DC Comics has to offer their fan base.
It was a bumpy ride from the start, but I completely lost hope when the “film” did a flashback into… ten minutes prior in the film. Usually, when flashbacks occur in ANY movie or television episode, the flashback shows an important scene, but from a different vantage point. Suicide Squad? Shows a flashback to ten minutes prior in the film with the same exact scene with the same exact angles. Why? No reason, just to do it.
Will Smith and Margot Robbie are the only cornerstones of the entire film. One critic said that once Margot Robbie makes her entrance in the film, you’re more than justified to leave the theater with no hard feelings. The only way that I would correct that critic is to wonder what you were doing in that theater in the first place?
With Suicide Squad, you aren’t missing much. Well, you aren’t missing anything really. Literally… nothing. With the over the top cheesy lines, and the token black guy disguised as an alligator, and the general tone of trying way too hard, Suicide Squad has no redemptive qualities. There will be no cult following in ten years. No realizations of, “Maybe I just didn’t give it a chance.” They had their chance. They squandered their chance.
You can say to yourself, “Michael, you’re being to tough on the film. I want to see it for myself.” But, you’d be wasting your time. And after your time was wasted, it wouldn’t even be worth me doing the “I told you so!” dance. It’s a real dance, by the way.
This film earns a two out of ten, because of the clever Will Smith one-liners and due to the fact that Margot Robbie delivered on just being an adorable crazy gal.
Wait for the DVD to come out, and then wait for someone else to purchase it. Then, wait until you’re really bored and someone suggests watching an awful movie that will crush any and all expectations of decency, and then Suicide Squad will come to your rescue.