Here at Cinema Soapbox, we strive to make our movie reviews consistent, consistently good, and for them to be applicable to our readers. Every movie review will have the same five questions answered.
This week in movie review theater, we will be answering your questions about Suicide Squad.
Did you make it to the end of the movie? I made it to the end, but there were several moments that I thought I would reach my breaking point and storm out of the theater angry. I am admittedly a comicbook fan, but I also try to stay as objective as possible when it comes to these movies. If something isn't a carbon copy of the comic, then I'm not going to pout about it and let that take me out of the movie. I understand that choices need to be made to tell a story on the big screen that don't have to be made for a comic. What does upset me is when the character itself is not in the spirit of the comic because that is from its creator and what has set the tone for the character for years and years. That is the main issue that I have with this movie.
Jared Leto is a good actor, but I don't care how method he is and how much he won't come out of character for anything, but David Ayer needed to grab him and let him know that he had turned the Joker into a cheap knockoff of a Scarface villain. There is a lot wrong with this movie, but Jared Leto is just flat out terrible in his role. Between his growling and mid-nineties grill and unnecessary tattoos, he was just flat out awful. It's hard to make a case against the rest of the cast because there was zero character development, just some short introduction scenes set to music in a clear attempt to rip off Guardians of the Galaxy. The only attempt at character development was flashback scenes to Harley Quinn, but they were abbreviated and pointless. This entire movie was forced and by the time they were fighting "together" I still didn't understand why. On top of all that, the main villain of the movie is Enchantress, but they screwed her up and went full Ghostbusters with the woman trapped in an old being trying to destroy the city plot line.
Would you be embarrassed to see this movie with your mom? Yes. I would be embarrassed that I made her sit through 2 hours and 3 minutes of this nonsense.
What drink would pair the best with this movie? Something with Benadryl to help me fall asleep through this movie. I could have stayed awake for 4 minutes to see Batman and Flash and then pretended the rest of the movie never happened.
If you replaced the main actor with one of his/her contemporaries, would it be better or worse? Who are we replacing since it's an ensemble cast? If it is Leto, then I don't see how it couldn't be better. I was excited to see his take on Mr. J, but he swung and missed really hard here. Sure Heath Ledger set a high bar, but Leto hit that bar with his face and fell down. Here is a reenactment of Jared Leto trying to clear the bar that Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Cesar Romero set as The Joker.
The rest of the cast was probably OK, but it was so forced and the story was so weak that it never works. I think that is a direct result of poor writing and directing. It was the same complaint I had with David Ayer and his last movie, Fury. We spent no time developing anyone's character in Fury, so when they started, I never was emotionally connected to any of them. I didn't care what they had been through, they were just dicks to the new kid and I didn't like any of them. Geoff Johns is now directly in charge of all things movie related with DC, so I'm hoping that Bats v Supes and Suicide Squad were just necessary evils to get this DC movie ball rolling and he'll be the guiding hand that they so desperately need.
If you see this on cable 3 months from now, do you stop to watch it? No! I don't care if I ever see this movie again and if there is another directors cut adding 45 minutes to this movie that makes everyone hollowly say it's decent, then I'm going to scream.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 10 stars
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