Suicide Squad (2016) - Review
by Bryan Mero
I hesitate to write this since there are already so many reviews for Suicide Squad (2016).
There are many rumors going around on how this movie was put together and I will go over that
shortly. How was the movie? "Meh".
When the trailer came out for Suicide Squad people started getting excited. The trailer used
classic songs from Queen to show how much 'fun' this was going to be. This is in direct
response to the comments of DC movies being dark and dreary. After Guardians of the Galaxy and
Deadpool, it appeared that audiences wanted something a bit more funny and light but also with
just a hint of grittiness. So what is a movie studio to do if you have a dark and gritty movie
but want something a little more fun? Reshoots!! Yes, there were many reshoots for Suicide
Squad and now I know why.
Oh yea, the movie summary...Amanda Waller has decided to create a team, a team of super villains
and have them fight for good. That is a very simple explanation of the plot. For this movie,
that's enough. Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) are our main characters
here. They carry the movie and are the best things about it. We get to know both of them and see their motivations. The Joker (Jared Leto) is also quite good and has a new take on the
Joker character and steals every scene. My last shout out goes to Diablo (Jay Hernandez) that
brought some humanity to the film. So, those were some good characters to the film. Let's find
out what went wrong?
In May of this year there was a test screening in Northern California. I was actually notified
of a secret screening for a summer movie but I couldn't attend. Now I'm bummed because it was
most likely for this movie. BUT, here's the catch! There were two cuts of the film brought
before test audiences. One was the original director's cut by David Ayers. The other was a cut
by the same company that made the trailer that everyone went nuts over. They showed both films
and received comments from both. The studio took all the comments and then tried to piece this
film together hoping to please the audience. The result was an editors nightmare.
This movie is so disorganized I'm surprised we can follow the plot at all. Luckily going into
the film I already knew the basic storyline. Bad guys are forced to serve the government or be
killed. What we got was an intro to some of the bad guys (I guess those that were getting paid
the most and important to the story). Other members of the squad just show up. No explanation
why. They are just there and part of the group. Flashbacks are random in places were they could
have been much more affective at the beginning. There seemed to be several different editing
styles and different parts of the movie. It feels like 3 or 4 movies all crammed into one. And
in reality the editing wasn't that good. There are soldiers that follow the squad and sometimes
they just disappear and then show up again. They suddenly have suba equipment to use. From one
room to the next you never know if this is a continuous scene or something completely different.
Maybe I'm being a little over the top critical. After watching movies my entire life and seeing
a normal Act I, II and III (setup, controversy and conclusion) storyline that works, Suicide
Squad throws that out the window and splits up Act I into many flashbacks and dialog that just
doesn't work. Act II is non-existent and Act III is laughable...especially our villain. We
literally had people laughing at the villain in the middle of serious scenes because her
movement was so ridiculous. That's not the type of fun and lightheartedness audience was
looking for. This was not the villain I was hoping for.
This should have been a Suicide Squad vs The Joker movie. That would have made much more sense
especially with Harley Quinn. Most of the Suicide Squad don't have super powers...why do you
send in a bat-wielding Harley Quinn vs some super magical villain in the first place? What a
mess. I will say this, it makes Batman v Superman feel like a much better movie. Obviously I
can't recommend this movie but if your reading this you've probably already have seen the movie
since it did well at the box office and especially overseas. If you like it, great. It was a
fast paced shot-em-up anti-hero movie. It could have been so much better. I would have just
rather have seen David Ayer's version and let the cards fall where they lay.