Suicide Squad

(coz they ain’t F.R.I.E.N.D.S. nowadays, they’re squads)

 

Criminals. The bad, the evil, the scum of society – that’s what Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Slipknot and Enchantress all have in common. Because who doesn’t love a story of redemption? (Well, except in Enchantress’ case.)

 

Of course, they’re not entirely irredeemable to begin with – how else would we empathise with them? For Deadshot, it’s the daughter – chucking in a child always tugs at the heartstrings. For Harley, it’s the love angle. (I won’t pretend to understand since I’ve never been in love, but to each his/her own – perhaps there’s an appeal to Joker behind the whole psychopath thing.) And for El Diablo, regret. Of course, he’s the one who killed his family, but hey at least he feels remorse? (O.O)

 

Emotional feels abound in their backstories, but I’m a little puzzled at Captain Boomerang. When he plots to escape with Slipknot, he questions the veracity of their nanobomb implants – something Slipknot accepts without question. Yet Captain Boomerang allows Slipknot to go first. The question is, did he do so deliberately to test if the nanobombs worked? Because if he did, he deliberately sacrificed someone else in cold blood. Sure, it’s not murder, but he was still the one to trigger it. Hmm.

 

At any rate, Slipknot and Boomerang aren’t the focus of the movie by any means. They get about 10 seconds of screen time each (I exaggerate, but you know what I mean), roughly the same as Joker (which begs the question of why he featured so heavily in trailers and promos – CLICKBAIT, I TELL YOU). Ugh. Suicide Squad is riddled with inexplicable plot holes (El Diablo, I’m looking at you) and pandering to the public’s desire for sexuality (hellooo Harley, cue Cara). Actually, I feel rather bad for Cara Delevingne, who by her own accounts is very keen on acting. There’s really no way to assess her potential seriously in this field when her given role is to perform an awkward belly dance in sheer lingerie – not her fault, what were the directors/producers thinking? One can only hope that the model-turned-actress will not continue to be typecast in roles focussing on her physical attributes. The rather weak plotline (ft. Enchantress’ not-so-surprising betrayal that somehow only occurs now, when she’s been imprisoned God-knows-how-long?) is rescued by some snappy banter between our loveable anti-heroes. Deadshot and Harley in particular get out some pretty good one-liners. And voila, (almost) everyone gets their happy endings. (Although June really should not have survived; it makes no sense that after Enchantress dies June suddenly revives, not to mention that immediately post-battle surely everyone would have been on edge and only too happy to shoot at the slightest movement from ‘Enchantress’?)

 

Scoring on the Liz scale of movie awesomeness:

+100 Deadshot

+50 that scene where he teaches his daughter trigonometry LOL

-50 Amanda Waller shooting her own people what

-100 Cara Delevingne posing stupidly in sheer dress

-30 wth El Diablo? amazing stuff but how’d you go from superhuman to god-level? PLOT HOLE I TELL YOU

+100 Harley Quinn

Total: 70/100

Verdict: Marvel > DC. #sorrynotsorry

 

Love,

Liz ❤

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