On Thursday, 18th of August 2016, the time had come: “Suicide Squad” started in the German-speaking world.
Director David Ayer (‘Fury’, 2014) brings his eagerly awaited DC comics-based action noir to the screen starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Viola Davis.
A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is, “Suicide Squad” assembles an all-star team of super villains and then doesn’t know what to do with them. This movie tries to be so much but ends up being a real mess.
In “Suicide Squad” a team full of rogues have to save the USA. Their big show-down is unfortunately unspectacular and, for the most part, simplistic.
As we know, superheroes not only fight against evil but are also highly profitable – especially for the major movie corporations. However, producers suspect that this might not be enough. Just showing super-humans in tights will bore even the hardest of hard-core fans. That is why superheroes are brought together on screen. Or even better: bad guys changing sides, such as in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” which was a big success. Also in “Suicide Squad” some rogues have to work together – for sure it is not working.
Many scenes feel like they were made solely for sake of the trailer and give no idea about what the actual movie is like. These action-overloads function as eye-catchers, which are lacking in content and only seem to fit by accident.
The script is messy and there are way too many characters that are too quickly introduced.
It takes incredible 20 minutes, without any real story, to put the team together – consisting of super evil villains. Many of these “heroes” would require a whole movie to give intensity to their character.
The tough government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) argues that there is a threat to the USA. This has nothing to do with reality, but it is reason enough to upgrade the army against America’s citizens. For this reason, psychopaths who have been locked up in a high security prison get the chance to fight against even more evil people.
This is followed by usual things: martial overpowering with massive shotguns, knives and swords. In the meantime, the Joker (Jared Leto) visits his lover Harley Quinn and Batman Ben Affleck drinks a coffee. The figure drawing is so superficial that you start to wonder how this can happen with such a project. Only the thoughtful Deadshot and the freaky punk woman Harley embody a personal story. The normal-one Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) is allowed to fight for his love, which is owned by an overpowering witch. The rest is a loud and terribly unspectacular “spectacle”. If the characters would not have their DC-original fundaments, fans would unlikely have any chance to recognize their heroes. Basic and highly important facts are ripped off the protagonists while adding unnecessary sidekick plots. Popular characters like Batman or The Flash only show up to make an audience-pleasing appearance instead of fulfilling any function at all.
Just like the film, the music is completely exaggerated. Whether new hits (like Skrillex with “Rick Ross”) or classics (like Creedence Clearwater Revival with their “Fortunate Son”); it has something for everyone. My personal favourite fail: Action Bronson feat. Mark Ronson and Dan Auerbach with “Standing In The Rain”.
Conclusion: The film is about everything and nothing. It just happens one after the other, completely disjointed and then suddenly the ending is there.
I feel like this is a big commercial move from DC to attract people. However, this will only disgust the people who were fans of the heroes/villains in the beginning.
You think: cool guys, some funny sayings – although even the jokes are often very misplaced and feel extremely forced – nice battles and explosions. Ok, it was worth the popcorn. Money over quality.