Suicide Squad: Great Plot, Unprepared Villain and Shortlived Momentum
So I finally got to see Suicide Squad after waiting for a little over a year. Got to the cinema three hours early because this was not a game to me, for any comic-book head in fact.
Since Suicide Squad has not had a previous Hollywood adaptation, the movie correctly begins with an introduction of the characters by way of short backstories. Deadshot the assassin, his love for his daughter and perpetual firearm accuracy are all introduced. Then comes Harley Quinn and her gradual descent into madness and followed by her love story with the Joker (YES, MR. J!). The same is also done for Enchantress (an old god-like swamp witch), Killer Croc (just think the giant Lizard man from Spiderman) and El-Diablo (sort of like Johnny from Fantastic Four – flying + a lot of tattoos). So essentially they are a team of bad guys assembled by Amanda Waller (a no nonsense high-ranking officer of the Pentagon or whatever) to do good. Note their official name as is canon is Taskforce X. Why choose bad guys to save the day? Well, the Government figures that they can rely on their lack of morals to get the dirty job done and easily blame them if they screw up.
Now at this point, the movie is still gloriously on track to be a 7.5/10 due to its accuracy and fine humour, also Harley Quinn is so easy to get fond of. As to what dose of Harley Quinn we need in every scene, well that debate comes later.
My cheeks were even hurting from smiling because everything was doing great, some lines were corny but I was in the zone. Batman made a couple of cameos that were better than the entire BvS movie. The Joker was also psychotic and intense enough BUT then just then the writers of the plot decided to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. How? They did not think up a proper villain for these good-bad guys to fight. God, the villain sucked in every imaginable way possible.
Now without giving away too much, the villain has a fair motive but the execution of the evil master plan seems very half-baked, is heavily coated in computer generated imagery (CGI) and features a ton of bad dance moves. The level of charisma every villain needs is lacking, let’s not even talk about the minions and henchmen.
From this point on, we see members of the ‘Suicide Squad’ (as coined by Deadshot) get released from maximum-security prison right after they have microchip bombs inserted in their necks. Essentially, don’t obey the Government and your head is blown off, obey the government and you get time off your life sentence and a thank you gift. Captain Boomerang, who if I might add is so wack in the cartoons, somehow joins the Squad in the most acceptable manner. Slipknot is similarly introduced but doesn’t come off as loveable.
They gear up, rescue someone, battle henchmen, throw a tantrum with Rick Flair, get confused as to their gameplan, Rick Flair cries and begs them, then they kiss and make up before saving the day. The preceding sentence is exactly how quickly and mixed up the plot became. I just know I kept shaking my head whenever the villain came on the screen. Don’t take my word for it, go see it and if it’s really bad don’t commit…suicide.
VERDICT: While the movie is quite enjoyable in some parts, it doesn’t get that a high rating from me. For losing its momentum quickly (minus 1.5 points), for having a very lazy villain to fight (minus 2 points) and for relying just a little too much on Harley humour in some scenes (minus 1 point). 5.5/10. STAY AFTER THE MOVIE, THERE’S A SMALL SNEAK PEEK.
Oh yeah, lastly as a lawyer, I’m pretty sure it was contractual timelines that caused the poorly improvised villain. The law is an ass. Hope they get it right next time, the team is well formed and loveable but they need something truly menacing to fight against to keep us going the whole 2 hours.
If you liked this review, let me know I might do another. Cheers.