Tom dePerto’s review published on Letterboxd:
"We're bad guys, it's what we do!"
- The Critics
The internet can be a truly awful place sometimes. I mean, it has as many nice people as it has idiots. A week ago, everyone was kneeling for Warner Bros. and David Ayer because of how awesome this film looked, and just yesterday, before they even got a chance to see the damn film, they were just completely trashing it. Talking shit about every single person involved and about how they're gonna skip the film in theaters. Why? Because it has a low score on Rotten Tomatoes, and because it's easier to become a sheep and follow the wolves instead of having the balls to throw your opinion out there. Who the hell cares what other people think?
Critics loathed Kick-Ass 2, one of my most anticipated of 2013. Was it great? Hell no, it wasn't, but it was still a lot of fun, and I loved it. Just last year, I saw Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse twice in theaters. Critics lambasted that film. On the other hand, I thought Carol was uncreative as it gets, and most people loved it.
What I'm trying to say is that if people are excited for something, they should go experience it for themselves and form their own opinion, regardless of what other people think of it. Maybe the odds of you liking it have been lowered, given how many people disliked it, but that doesn't mean there's still not a strong chance you won't.
That being said, I saw Suicide Squad tonight and thought it was a lot of fun. It still has a lot of problems, but it was a pretty entertaning ride and, just like Batman V Superman, it's got a lot of courage and takes a lot of creative chances.
Whereas that film didn't really work for me, this one mostly did. The action is pretty solid and the humor works well with the characters. Somehow Ayer managed to get a decent performance out of Jai Courtney, so that's definitely a great accomplishment. Since the moment Will Smith was cast, I thought he'd suck because Deadshot would be given way too much attention, but he ended up being one of my favorites of the bunch, and his quips made me smile more often than not. He's also given some much needed character backstory and development, so that was nice to see.
But we all knew, ever since she was cast and we saw the first set pics, that Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn would be the absolute standout of the whole film. This is just a phenomenal character, and Robbie did her justice - she is funny in all the right moments, and she gets all the most exciting scenes. I don't know about a solo film, I think she works better when paired with other characters, but I hope she's in Affleck's Batman film.
Speaking of Batfleck, his appearances are brief, but still pretty exciting. It's his nemesis I wasn't too fond of... The Joker is easily the best comic book villain of all time, and Leto had GIANT shoes to fill when he got cast. I'm sad to say that he is the worst Joker ever put on the big screen. I mean, he's not even in it THAT much, but from what I saw, he was just wrong. He's full of bling and he isn't even menacing. He did work well with Harley, but needless to say, I wasn't a big fan of Bling Gangsta Joker. I'm all for a new take on the character, but this isn't it.
All fun and teeth grills aside though, the first 20 minutes of this film were dreadful, and the final 15 were as generic as it gets. The film basically starts off with that dinner scene in the trailer (AKA exposition galore, but I don't mind exposition), and the tone is pretty serious. Suddenly, all these flashy neon overlays appear to introduce our characters, and we're treated to a whacky backstory segment to each one. Then it goes back to being serious. Then wacky. Then serious. The tone is all over the place, and the editing is terribly choppy. It's easy to see how Warner Bros. had their hands all over this film.
It takes a while to get going and the ending is far off from being the least bit satisfying, but the stuff in between is as fun as a summer blockbuster can get. Did it live up to my expectations? No, not at all. The trailers made it look exceptional, but they're not to blame. Ignore all the negativity surrounding this film's release and SEE IT FOR YOURSELF! If you go in with an open mind, and controlled expectations, you'll end up having a lot of fun, just like I did.
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