Never Forget, We’re The Bad Guys

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If nothing else, Suicide Squad completes DC’s pivot away from the gritty “realism” and philosophical meditations on the nature of man and urban decay as presented by Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and towards, well, comic books.

For better or worse, Suicide Squad wears it’s comic book roots on it’s spandex sleeve. I happen to think that’s for better, but it’s apparent that many critics feel it’s for the worse, because this movie is not doing well in the press.

And for that reason, I’m giving the movie a whole lot of latitude. A lot of it doesn’t work, but it’s pretty much impossible for me to a hate a movie where the first time Harley Quinn lays eyes on Amanda Waller she asks, “Are you the devil?” And Waller responds, “Maybe.”

Or where Batman drops out of the sky on Deadshot in an alley and tries to get him to back down peacefully, but when he doesn’t kicks the crap out of him.

Or where Captain Boomerang and Katana exist.

And where Amanda Waller is allowed to be “The Wall” in all of her grey moraled, stoic, refuse to budge, badass glory.

Overall, I really enjoyed the ride. The performances especially, (Will Smith in particular is excellent) and the mission, rescuing Waller from a city that’s being devestated by The Enchantress is a good one. The team, Deadshot, Harley, Captain BBoomerang, Killer Croc, Diablo and Slingshot, is a solid group of DC B-Listers (and Harley), lead and watched over by Katana (A fun addition, but not enough to make up for her deletion from Arrow, IMO) and Task Force X mainstay Rick Flag.

And while I loved pretty much everything that Margot Robbie did with Harley, and liked what Jared Leto was doing with The Joker, their flashback subplots were what weakened the movie. I get why they’re there, you’re average viewer doesn’t quite know Joker and Harley’s deal, but they didn’t seem to fit with everything else.

The thing is, I got something I’d been wishing for for a very long time in this movie, and that’s Viola Davis’s performance as Amanda Waller. She’s always been my number choice for that character, because she’s just so good at selling seriousness and bad assness, and is a physical match for the character and all. The post credit scene, which has her facing off in an empty restaurant against Bruce Wayne is a dream for comic book fans. (Affleck brings it once again in his three scenes, and Ezra Miller’s blink and you miss it moment as Barry Allen is also pretty damn great.)

Suicide Squad is head and shoulders above Man of Steel and Batman V Superman, though it can’t quite stand up to Marvel’s top tier efforts, it’s certainly not any weaker than the competition’s middle tier efforts. (It’s better than Iron Man 2, and about the same as Thor: The Dark World or The Incredible Hulk) But it most certainly does it’s job as the opening of a new chapter for DC movies. I’ll take it, is my point.

Rankings

  1. The Nice Guys
  2. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  3. Ghostbusters
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Star Trek Beyond
  6. X-Men: Apocalypse
  7. The Legend Of Tarzan
  8. Suicide Squad
  9. Finding Dory
  10. Independence Day: Resurgence
  11. Alice Through The Looking Glass

Trailers

Assassin’s Creed looks like, so freaking good, you guys. So good. Insanely good.

The Magnificent Seven – You could show me a blank screen with that cast’s names scrolling past, end it with, “From The Direction of Training Day and The Equalizer” and I’d still be in for it. That the movie actually looks good, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

War Dogs – YAWN, snooze. I have no interest in this movie, like at all.

The Wall – Looks interesting. I understand we’re supposed to be mad at this movie from a social justice perspective because it’s about a white dude.

WONDER WOMAN – Trailer on the big screen made me cry like a baby. A proud, feminist baby. Even if no one else seems to be liking it much DC films is giving me what I want, so I can’t really complain.

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