January 2, 2017 § Leave a comment
Finally, the last movie I reviewed in what has been said by everybody as the worst year in current history and one of which came out around this time. Now even though this is part of Zack Snyder retrospective, there are points on why Suicide Squad should have been not included. For one, it’s directed by somebody else and he gets executive producer credit which means if I review this, I should review Tales of the Black Freighter and 300: Rise of the Empire as well. But that is not the reason. Another point is that it’s part of DC Extended Universe franchise that he help created so that means Wonder Woman should be reviewed. Although, that’s also not the reason why it’s included in the retrospective. There is a honest reason on why it’s included in the retrospective but let me save that for later because it will make sense.
Now to talk about David Ayer and I seen plenty of his stuff before. He started out writing material for The Fast and The Furious and Training Day and those movies may not be for me but at that time, I liked it. And it’s until his directorial debut in Harsh Times that got him noticed with Street Kings, End of Watch and Fury. I can see why he is suitable for this movie (but not sure about Gotham City Sirens but we’ll see) since it is a kinetic action movie with differences of authorities and anti-authorities and his motif shows there and here so I can’t think of somebody else directing this. Maybe Michael Bay or Peter Berg but they have more misses than David so let’s see how this one fares.
Following the events of Dawn of Justice, Amanda Weller (Viola Davis) is set to greenlight the project “Task Force X” to the government in order to use highly-skilled and/or metapowerful criminals to fight the evil that is similar to Superman. As led by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the group consists of expert assassin Deadshot (Will Smith), bankrobber Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), gang member El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), cannibal Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), swordswoman Katana (Karen Fukuhara), mercenary Slipknot (Adam Beach) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) who’s a known partner to Batman’s archenemy The Joker (Jared Leto).
Also joining in the team is Rick’s girlfriend June Moore (Cara Delevingne) who is possessed by a sorceress known as The Enchantress. However, The Enchantress instead draws her revenge to mankind with her brother Incubus (Alain Chanoine) so it’s up to Amanda’s Task Force X to retrieve the escort that’s near the whereabouts of The Enchantress and Incubus who’s rampaging the city. All while Harley Quinn is planning her escapes to reunite with The Joker thanks to Belle Reve security officer Griggs (Ike Barinholtz) being involved after his excessive gambling during his break.
I should not spoil any further and for good reason because this movie must be seen to believe. And I’m not saying it in the sense that this movie is good. I’m actually saying it in the sense that it’s bad instead. This is nothing but a glorious trainwreck that you can’t look away from and it is a disaster worth noticeable. From reshoots, stage direction, the fact that the characters have been introduced a couple of times and others. It’s like previous year’s Fantastic Four reboot but unlike that movie, Suicide Squad has a sense of enjoyment and scene-stealing performances from Margot, Jared (whom more of his scenes should be left in and that’s for either cuts) and Jai who plays the most Australian stereotype I’ve seen since Yahoo Serious movies.
As for others, they didn’t do much. Some of them were acting bored or not having much care for the product and that’s noticeable for Will and Viola. Heck, Adam is barely in this and he died shortly after the mission started so he’s a redshirt with no backstory (which other characters have) and is forgotten about a few minutes after. And the origin of the team is poorly-handled since yes, it focuses on the formation but given that one of the members is a villain and the mission for the team is to retrieve somebody who wanted to be escort out of the city is weak. It’s as if The Avengers were formed not to get Loki for starting chaos in New York but to get Rick Jones who’s within a block radius.
But beyond that, there are other faults and all I say is just see the movie for itself to see how enjoyably bad it is. And it now comes to this – why is this movie directed by David Ayers including in a retrospective of movies directed by Zack Snyder? I explained two points which is not the reason and you might be laughing at this but it’s also directed by Snyder. I am not kidding about that. Remember that scene when The Flash makes an appearance during Captain Boomerang’s backstory? Yeah, this is the sequence he directed so those 95% may be Ayer’s baby but only five percent belongs to somebody else so it’s as acceptable to be here as much as somebody doing a Quentin Tarantino retrospective which includes Sin City because he guest directed it.
Might be cheating but it’s my site and I can do whatever the fuck I want so Suicide Squad is now part of Zack Snyder’s filmography. But it would now be a while before I get to Justice League so other than that, it’s already 2017 so time to fill in those worst and best lists of my own before we get to what I hope is a better Janu-Fahey Month than last year.