Review – Suicide Squad (2016)

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suicide-squad-57704d2d2666eWhen Guardians of the Galaxy came out in 2014, Marvel did something spectacularly brave. They introduced a band of relatively unknown heroes into the MCU. They had done similar in the past, but not quite to that extent. It was a huge risk, but it paid off rather well. I’ve never seen DC meet up to Marvel’s caliber, but I think that may be changing soon. Suicide Squad more or less did the same thing as GOTG, right down to colorful characters and even music choice. Let’s get into it.

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself? Written by Amitash Balekar (IMDb)

I was pleasantly surprised with how well Suicide Squad did for itself, even if it did pull some of its inspiration from Guardians of the Galaxy. I only say that because of the three things I mentioned before, and here they are again in detail:

  1. The introduction of relatively unknown heroes, or anti-heroes into the DC Extended Universe.
    • At first, I wanted to say Will Smith was the lead, as it sometimes appeared. I wanted to see more of his character in another DC film. However, the more I watched this  movie, the more I realized the same can be said about each and every character. I know very little about  most of these characters, however – I do know of them more than I did with Guardians. 
  2. Colorful characters.
    • This kind of ties in with the unknown characters, but you can have unknown characters and not have them be colorful or even memorable. Each of these characters are incredibly diverse, they all have their own backstory and purpose that the movie does a great job at catching the audience up on, and they work brilliantly together.
  3. The Music.
    • Again, like GOTG, this film has a catchy soundtrack. The songs themselves spanned different time periods, but each of them made you really appreciate the creative minds behind the film. All three of these aspects I’ve mentioned are perfect within its own acquired theme. I think it’s mostly perfect.

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Apart from the three mentioned above, I also want to mention that this film has a pretty decent sense of humor, too. DC has been really depressing and gloomy lately that it’s nice to see a change in pace. The one thing I think was ultimately unique on its own accord, is probably the villain.

As interesting as the villain in this film was, it belonged in Ghostbusters. You can have supernatural entities all you want in comic book films, but in my opinion, they just weren’t strong enough as villains to make this movie perfect. Fortunately, that’s my only real complaint about the movie, unfortunately – a villain makes up for a big chunk of film direction and purpose. I loved the characters, the actors, the costumes, the music, the colors…I just wish I loved the villain as much as I loved the others. I just don’t.

Suicide Squad impressed me, it really did. I still don’t think it beats Marvel, but it was a step in the right direction. The characters were amazing, the music was fantastic, the humor was spot on, the overall tone fit how it should have…and most importantly, I don’t want this to be the last we see of the characters – that’s massively important. You should check it out!

RATING: 8.8/10

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