Hey there, boys and girls! How’s Pokemon working out for you? Apparently it’s safer now, but too little too late. Well, at least you had fun while the government scoped your data, right? 🙂 That’s why it’s so important to get your entertainment from things like movies, which are foolproof…I mean, you even have me advising you on what to steer clear of. It doesn’t get any easier! This weekend, guess who’s waiting for you in the darkness with bated breath? That’s right, gorgeous Margot Robbie… and the Joker!
Does that bother you? That they’re using the name of the comic as the title of the film? I mean, we know it’s Suicide Squad! Anyhow. Viola Davis and Will Smith shine in this latest color-saturated Warner Brothers-DC superhero effort. Will is the consummate professional and will capture your heart with his portrayal of the deadly sniper who’ll do anything for his little girl. Viola Davis fits perfectly into the role of Amanda Waller, a driven government agent bent on the success of her plan to protect humanity. What follows is David Ayer’s dark, bling-ridden, CGI-encrusted creation in which our favorite comic book characters come to brilliant life.
I’m sure that by now you all know the tropes: there’s the need for a team of supervillains to combat threats to national security. So Ms. Waller hand-picks a group of special crazies from a top secret government prison in the murky depths of the Louisiana swamp. Deadshot is by far the star of that group. Then we have some eye candy i.e., Margot Robbie, tarted up in a tight tee and some short shorts. Her colorful pigtails and overall bling go great with that Joker-style grin… which comes courtesy of her special friend, as imaged by Jared Leto. It’s sad they gave him so little screen time, because Leto is immensely talented, even if he has the reputation of being an a** on set. But, no worries: there are probably three or four sequels planned at the very least, in which he’ll get to showcase what we love him for. Baffleck returns for a bit as Batman. As to the other crazies, they’re sadly forgettable (Killer Croc/ Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Capt. Boomerang/ Jai Courtney, Diablo/ Jay Hernandez). There’s also Enchantress (Cara Delavigne, who mostly sorta sways sexily against a green screen, does a bit of fighting, and has no character. But more on that later). Each has a backstory, provided via flashbacks.
So far, awesome. Then… splat! That’s the sound of everything WB threw at the screen hitting the floor. They couldn’t have picked a more boring, one-dimensional enemy. But that’s the least of it. None of the major players have any sort of moral dilemma, so there are no real stakes. And, I don’t know—is it sad or funny to see this potentially great story about villainous superheroes so completely defanged? Absolutely no one takes any risks. They show up, strut around looking fabulous and deadly, beat down some CGI monsters, and that’s it. That, my dears, is a sure sign of meddling studio execs at work. I mean, God forbid one of the characters is killed off and DC loses an entire line-up of worthless sequels, right? Along the way you’ll also begin wondering who exactly you’re supposed to be rooting for. Who are the bad guys here? Is it said lame enemy? Or the government? Or the squad? In their desperation to get that all-important PG13 rating, the filmmakers have avoided taking a stand. Now that may work in politics, but in art it’s never a good thing.
And then there’s Harley. They take this seriously smart character, strip her of her intelligence, and show her a** every chance they get. Perhaps they were hoping it would distract us from the dull script. Or was it for the fanboys? After all, they’re touted to be the ones who actually go to the theaters. Regardless, Margo Robbie excels in this role of the psychotic girlfriend.
But for all the errors, it’s wonderful to see the pages of a comic come to dazzling life like this. And dazzling it absolutely is! It’s got that dark, grotesque yet blitzy… pulpy feel to it. If you’re not going for the story, go for the spectacle and the acting. You won’t be disappointed. Here’s the trailer:
Now tell me! Tell me what you think. And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the movies! Adios!