Ahh, Suicide Squad. Movie of amazing cast, fantastic trailers, and oh so much hype. For DC fans, I think it was great. For me? Not so much…
Let me explain. It wasn’t the plot (although that wasn’t amazing), it was the characters. What characters?, you might ask. And that would be fair question! Absolutely no one had a good backstory. Every character had one feature, and that was it. Some had family, some had done something wrong, Harley had a boyfriend. Once that one point had flashed up on the screen in some awful video-game esque introduction, we could happily move on. Apparently, that was all we needed for these to be considered well-rounded characters. Not only could they fight, but they have BAGGAGE.
*crowd oohs and ahhs*
Maybe I’m being a little harsh. Harley had character. Sure, her character was just the sexy one, but that counts, right? You think I’m kidding, but I’m really not. I’ve had looooong arguments with my friends over whether or not she’s a problem for female characters, and I really don’t want to get into that here. I’ll just show you her outfit, that she wore in every scene of the movie, whether rain or shine, fight scene or drinking in a bar, and let you make your own decision.
The plot definitely wasn’t terrible though. I did want a lot more – maybe, for example, less of a predictable ending? When a helicopter holding the hot character and the pre-established character (Harley and Joker) is shot down and we’re expected to think they’re dead… I mean, come on, who honestly fell for that? That early in the movie as well? Other scenes worked a lot better, though! I did really like the idea of the Enchantress, although I did want to be on the edge of my seat a little more. The whole idea of the Suicide Squad was a really good one, too. I love me a good criminal, so getting a whole group of them, AND giving them awful ultimatums of their choices on whether to fight… Yep, I did really enjoy that!
Oh, and let’s not forget soundtrack! It’s being very highly praised, and I do agree that some of those songs are truly amazing. Okay, most of them are truly amazing. I just wish they’d exploited the use of them more. If they’d been extended longer, it could have been so amazing… Bohemian Rhapsody did really well, the way it was used over a couple of shots, not just one extended one. Why couldn’t the other songs have done the same? Oh, and Heathens was used over the credits. Not that that is a complaint particular to this film, just a complaint that I have with a lot of movies… The most hyped up song should be used in a better place in my opinion!
So, would I recommend it? Well, I definitely wouldn’t say no. Just don’t go in with really high hopes…