Friday, August 26, 2016
Movie Review: Suicide Squad
Overall, the movie was okay. It was a nice bit of escapist fluff, which is the problem. The key thing to a lot of DC story telling is that they are rooted in philosophical questions. In the Suicide Squad comics, there were always several fundamental questions asked of the reader:
-- Are the members of the Suicide Squad really villains?
-- What does it really mean to be a villain?
-- Is there a difference between being Bad & being Evil?
-- When good guys fail, does it make sense to send bad guys to fight Evil?
Those questions, along with the action and personal issues of the individual characters, make the Suicide Squad comics really intense reading. And while I wasn't expecting all of these questions to be tackled in the movie, I was expecting SOME of them to be handled. No such luck. There was maybe 60 seconds of screen time to the issue and then nothing.
This is not to say that the characters didn't develop throughout the movie. But the development was done in the COMPLETELY WRONG direction. After the pre-requisite "this is why they are bad ass bad guys" montage, they spent the rest of the movie trying to make them heroes, which doesn't make sense and makes the movie fall flat. The whole premise of the film is that we're watching VILLAINS take on the big bad. So why are you trying to make them heroes?
As for the individual members of the team:
Captain Boomerang - As the comic relief, Capt Boomerang was simply fantastic. From his ill-advised advances towards Katana to his general behavior on the squad, he brought a lot of the fun to this movie. ( I would love to see him in a buddy cop movie with Resident Evil's Barry Burton!)
Killer Croc - He didn't have much to do in the film, which is a shame, since he is a much underrated character. But for what his part was, he was awesome. Creepy as hell, and unapologetically vicious.
Diablo - He was great. His story arc was the best of all in the Squad. He was believably funny, understandably damaged and reluctant to use his powers.
Rick Flag - There's not much to say about Flag. He was basically a typical by-the-book soldier placed in what was should have been a huge moral grey area, but since the movie tried to turn the Suicide Squad into heroes, Flag's character fell flat.
Katana - She also didn't have much to do in the film. And again, it was a crying shame because she could have been an EPIC player in the movie. Still she had her bad ass moments, but her backstory was lacking. The little bit that was there was very compelling and I would have liked to see more.
Enchantress - Her story-line was intriguing. I genuinely felt bad for the lady being possessed, it added a slightly different touch of tragedy than Diablo's story arc. This gave the movie some much needed nuance, but nowhere near enough.
As I said earlier in this post, the movie was a fun time. If you have a couple of hours to kill and nothing better to do, watch this movie and you'll have a good time. But if you're looking for a DEFINITIVE version of the Suicide Squad, either read the comics or watch the animated feature: Batman: Assault On Arkham. The Squad's line up is slightly different, but it's a much truer portrayal of the group's dynamic.
Final Rating: 6/10