Movie: Suicide Squad
My Rating: 3 stars
I am not a comic book fan. So, I don’t know much more about the different characters and story lines than what has seeped into pop culture via these big, crazy, superhero movies that have become so ubiquitous. So, I have no sentimental attachment to any of these franchises; no strong opinions one way or the other about how these stories should be told. So, I was a little bit baffled as to why everyone hated this movie so much. Because, I found this movie to be thoroughly ok. To me, it was just a fun romp with guns, costumes and explosions. But, to hear some of these internet people griping about how terrible the movie was, I was preparing to view quite a stinker. And yeah, the movie is campy and gratuitous, and has rather strange pacing. But, I found nothing so unforgivably objectionable about the whole affair that I couldn’t have a little fun with it. But then, I do approach movies with a general inclination to like them. And, I was expecting total garbage. So, maybe this combination of low expectations and an easy-to-please temperament served me well this time.
The gimmick behind this movie is that it’s a superhero movie . . . starring bad guys. They’ve been let out of prison temporarily on the condition that they help the US government take down a huge, supernatural threat. It’s the super villains’ turn to save the day. Yes, they’re saving it in their own, outrageous, selfish ways. Yes, they’re wearing astoundingly silly clothing for a dangerous combat mission. But, none of these characters is entirely sane. And, this movie sets out to humanize these scoundrels and make us cheer them on as they exercise their troublemaking muscles once again. Who doesn’t like to see a little lighthearted mayhem. It’s a goofy, guilty pleasure. And again, I’m not quite sure why people got their knickers in such a twist over it.
This is a fun movie for what it is. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t see it if the mood strikes you. Of course, if you’re deeply, emotionally invested in these comics, with their character specs and the worlds they inhabit, then the internet has made it pretty clear that this movie is not for you. But then you know that already. But, if you’re ignorant of the canon, and just want to watch some bad guys smash up a town in a good, governmentally sanctioned romp, then don’t feel guilty about checking this one out. I wasn’t ashamed that I had a good time with it, and you shouldn’t be either.