THE COMMERCIAL MOVIE OF THE WEEK
SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) by David Ayer
“Worst Heroes Ever”
“Suicide Squad” is one of the latest movies that DC is producing in its attempt of competing with Marvel.
The story begins when Amanda Waller (an intelligence operative), conscerned about what could happen after Superman’s death, decides to be ready for posible Metahuman’s attacks, and assembles a team of dangerous criminals to defend the country.
The members of this “brilliant” team will be in charge of official Rick Flag, and they are: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, El Diablo and Slipknot. Besides, they have the help of Katana (Flag’s bodyguard); and also Flag’s girlfriend, June Moore (an archaeologist “possessed” by Enchantress, a witch that wass accidentally released by June in one of her expeditions).
And the Suicide Squad will have to work soon, as June Moore releases Enchantress and Rick Flag and Amanda Waller can’t control her; so the city is plunged in chaos.
The trouble with the latest DC’s movies is that they don’t get to achieve their aim. They try to offer serious characters and stories, but they aren’t able.
For example, they need 30 minutes or more of the film to introduce the characters. Their interventions during the movie aren’t good enough to know them and empathize with them, so we need someone telling us how bad, but funny and interesting at the same time, they are.
Furthermore, this poor construction of the characters is not accompanied by good performances. Will Smith is still playing the same character he’s been playing since he left “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, Cara Delevigne tries unsuccessfully to turn herself into two different characters in the same movie, and the other ones are just there. Not even Viola David make a good job as Amanda Waller.
The only one that, in my opinion, makes a good perfomance is Margot Robbie. The Harley Quinn she offers is completely crazy, but charismatic enough to make the spectator love her. I really don’t understand why during all the movie are constantly pointing out that she’s Joker’s girlfriend, when this character doesn’t need to be anyone’s girlfriend, she’s by herself a good character.
And here it comes the most controversial point of the movie: Jared Leto’s Joker. The truth is that, despite he hasn’t made a bad job, Jared Leto doesn’t give the necessary strengh to make his character shine but, on the other hand, how important is the Joker in this movie? This character is totally dispensable; the film without him would have been the same.
To sum up, how I feel about “Suicide Squad” is disappointed of what could have been the best superheroe’s movie of the year, but is even worse than the other DC’s movie.