Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Suicide Squad: The Critics Lied...

The critics lied. I do not know what version of Suicide Squad the critics were shown leading up to its release, but the version I saw was not the worst comic book film of all time, nor was it a bad film. Suicide Squad is not a flawless film. It has its fair share of plot holes, underdeveloped supporting characters and elements which could be improved. However, Suicide Squad is ambitious in its approach to the supersaturated comic book fare. 

The film employs its own unique bold, audacious music video-style which is best described as a graffiti mural come to life and irreverent group of anti-heroes portrayed by a stellar cast.

The actors were all great, they were all completely dedicated to their characters and were all very funny. Viola Davis was obviously fantastic, while Will Smith and Joel Kinnaman made an interesting duo of head butting anti-heroes, Margot Robbie is a little too good at playing the crazy, psychotic bat wielding Harley Quinn and despite some critics complaining about a lack of backstory for the characters, El Diablo (played by Jay Hernandez) occupied a sizable portion of the film as we learnt the tragic story of his family and his powers. On the other hand, Katana (Karen Fukuhara), one of the most intriguing characters and the only true hero on the team was underdeveloped but still managed to make an impact, whereas Jared Leto as the Joker did not appear in the movie as much as the trailers may have suggested. 

I shall give all critics from this point major side eye. Critics seem to decide their opinions on films before they actually see the films. This year’s superhero blockbuster Batman V Superman was not mind blowing but the film also received an extremely harsh reception. Suicide Squad is a summer blockbuster popcorn movie, and some reviewers went to the great lengths of commenting on camera shots and other details most audience members do not care about. Suicide Squad served its purpose, I did not get bored or fall asleep halfway through the film, and the same cannot be said for other comic book team up films which shall not be mentioned. While the opening scenes in which we meet the majority of the Suicide Squad is fairly bumpy and uneven, the film finds eventually finds its footing and turns into a high-octane journey of impressive graphics, dark humour and excessive action. 

Critics, stay mad.

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