Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad ★★★★

I don't read comics, but as far as the movies go, I think it's safe to say that I'm a DC man.

Besides a few outliers (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY which I loved and DEADPOOL which I did not), the Marvel movies have become increasingly bland and indistinguishable from one another. Say what you will, but BATMAN V. SUPERMAN and SUICIDE SQUAD are most certainly not safe and middle-of-the-road in the way that 95% of Marvel movies are. They're splashy, visually inspired, and pulsing with a nervy, dark energy. The action violence has an actual charge to it, and they don't feel market-tested and machine-tooled into Disney-approved mush.

No, it's not perfect. Much of the comic relief is weak sauce, and the villain is not great (mostly due some lame costume design). But it's interesting to me in a way that most comic book movies just aren't these days. I don't feel like I've already seen it before it even starts, and the story feels like it has actual stakes. To be blunt, it didn't literally put me to sleep the way that more than one Marvel movie has.

And the cast is terrific, especially Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Viola Davis. I haven't made up my mind yet about Jared Leto's Joker, but he has great chemistry with Margot Robbie which is important. And the soundtrack! One great song follows another at a clip that we haven't seen since the CHARLIE'S ANGELS movies (which I also believe to be underrated). Call me a pushover, but having just heard Queen, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Rolling Stones, the White Stripes, War, Kanye West, and several others all the same movie, that has to count for something!

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