Monday, August 8, 2016

#JustaQuickiePlease: Suicide Squad Review

Director David Ayer, who brought us one of the most historically and horrifically accurate war movies of the last decade, tries his hand at lighter fare with the long anticipated silver screen adaption of DC's villainous squad turned reluctant, and, most definitively, involuntary, somewhat heroes.   With an all-star cast and overwhelming effects, this flick manages to thoroughly entertain but with several glaring deficiencies.  The plot is predictable for this genre which I think is growing tiresome for critics, as well as, a good portion of the mainstream.   The writing is good, not great, with humor that is mostly well timed and delivered.   Margot Robbie's Harley, undeniably, steals the show, eclipsing most of the remaining cast, even though she occasionally, quite accidentally, parodies herself.   Smith disappoints as he is less like his character and more like him portraying his character.  A lesser known, quality casting choice would have readily remedied that, but, it is evident this film was looking for star power more than acting prowess.  Leto's Joker falls flat, he is neither engaging or memorable, a far inferior answer to those who preceded him in the same role.  Delevingne's Enchantress is creepy cool.  That is until she starts doing a whole supernatural Solid Gold Dancer thing.  Not sure what that was about.  One the other hand, Kinnaman's Flag is as exciting as watching grass grow.  The rest of the ensemble, however, fares pretty well, still outshined by Robbie, and maybe Hernandez's Diablo, but filling in their side parts nicely.   A few "Fan" tastic cameos will please even the most devout geek, including a quick glimpse into the many styles of Ms. Quinn, which should create a few significant nerdgasms.   The most winning element of this flick is a direct steal from a cinematic competitor, as the soundtrack is stellar, reminiscent of a certain Marvel mixtape that will remain nameless.  Stay through the credits, it won't amaze, but it's worth the extra few minutes.  2 out of 5 Kernels: Overall, this is DC's best flick of the last few years (barring Watchmen), and that is indeed saying something.   

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