The original title for this blog was “Was Suicide Squad Actually Shit?”, but I changed it because I thought I’d be a little more polite in my title. Anyway, first off I want to have a rant about how frustrating it is to have something you’ve been SO stoked about to be ruined within days of its launch because of the internet. Thanks internet for putting a massive downer on my excitement and making me reluctant to even go and see the damn film. It’s not like I can avoid all the comments and negative reviews either, I work on the internet, I see this shit all day long.
I know that part of the joy of films is being able to talk about it with your friends once you’ve seen it, it’s a water cooler topic for the office and it’s all part of the fun. But with the saturation of social media and online publications, this post-movie conversation doesn’t flow the same as it used to. Many of our opinions are already made up by the influencers we follow before we even get around to settling into a cinema seat. The other problem with the intense amount of content we see online is the amount of pre-launch hype and promotion we see around these hits too, it’s just too much and takes away a lot of the allure and mystery of seeing a new story play out on screen. There’s serious bucks going into making sure we’re all desperate to buy into the franchise and often this overindulgence of stunning and flawless marketing makes it difficult for the end product to live up to your expectations.
So, what Suicide Squad a pile of mierda or is is still worth watching? Well, as with all creative output of any type, that is always best left up to the individual to decide as it’s a very personal thing, one man’s junk is another man’s gold after all. It’s definitely not worth you trolling people on Twitter because they said they want to watch a movie even though the critics didn’t like it and yes, that actually happened to me this week. How about we say “I didn’t like it” or “it wasn’t for me” rather than “it’s shit and you shouldn’t go see it”, isn’t that approach a little more appropriate and interesting?
Personally, I didn’t think Suicide Squad was amazing, but I also didn’t think it was deserving of the negativity it got. If anything, the problem was with the marketing and not the actual film. The trailers and pre-promotion of the film were heavily focused on The Joker and Harley Quinn, so if you’re going in expecting a Harley and Mister J film, you’ll be disappointed because they really aren’t the focus. I really dug the styling of The Joker and Harley, although the relationship between them is more manipulative, abusive pimp rather than crazy love and I really wish people wouldn’t glamorise this, as The Joker really is a nasty piece of work in this portrayal. Jared Leto was weaker than I was expecting too, although he didn’t have enough screen time or dialogue to really tell, he was not the star of the film for me and neither was Harley. It also made me sad about Heath Ledger again, as that guy was a pretty difficult performance and legacy to follow.
What you’re actually getting is a Will Smith and Cara film, focusing on the Enchantress and Deadshot, characters than many of us don’t know much about. Will Smith is awesome, we all know this and in Suicide Squad he’s classic Smith and really stands out as the saviour of what could have been a really bad movie. Cara is fine, I don’t dig her acting style but I liked the character and the styling and she did look stunning, I just wasn’t expecting her to be the main focus and perhaps another character focus would have been more appealing?
The weakest thing about the film is the dialogue and the connection between the characters, there seems to have been some kind of confusion about what period of time the storyline is set over. As a viewer, I felt it was set over one day, which makes it very difficult to justify any comradery between the Suicide Squad members, there’s nothing saying that they’ve spent much time together or even know each other. A bit of dialogue half way through suggests the storyline actually falls over 3 days, as if they noticed this in the edit and had to slot something in, so that’s a bit odd. I really love all the design and characters, it was obviously just a massive pain in the butt to sufficiently share back stories of everyone and develop the relationships between them all in the space of just one movie, perhaps there should have been more of an introduction in other movies in the franchise?
For me and I’m sure many others will agree, the real beauty of this film is the soundtrack and the visuals. It’s almost like it should have been a really elaborate music video. There’s some shots in there that you know someone was just so desperate to make happen that they didn’t really care about how relevant it was and thus tied the shots together in a little bit of a messy fashion. When you do your research, some of these incredible shots have been taken directly from comic book pages, so you’ve gotta respect that. I love the costume design, I love the casting and some of the shots and lighting are truly immense. As with a lot of films in this genre though, they really ought to chill out with the OTT action sequences, it’s really not necessary.
To conclude (I haven’t used that ending to an article since I was at Uni and was told that’s how to finish an article) it’s not a shit film in my opinion. It’s just not as good as the trailers made it out to be. There are some truly awesome moments, some awesome design and some pretty decent performances, although I’m still confused by the guy who is styled and performed just how Tom Hardy would do the role but isn’t Tom Hardy, I guess Tom Hardy was too busy being awesome elsewhere? If you want to see a film, ignore the critics, go see it because you want to and because you were excited about it and make your own mind up. I’m just sorry for all you guys in the UK who have to pay a fortune for a cinema trip when my ticket was only 4 Euros last night and therefore not a massive loss if you don’t like the film.
I wasn’t going to sign off in the style that I used to that now seems a convention of blogging, but I’d genuinely like to know your thoughts on both the film and the possible failings of oversaturation of the online world when promoting films.