SUICIDE SQUAD [2016]

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Directed by David Ayer

Written by David Ayer

Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai CourtneyJay HernandezCara Delevingne, Viola DavisJoel Kinnaman


For the first time, I have been anticipating the release of a superhero movie. I love the fact that these aren’t good people. These are super-villains, and it their movie. So I booked myself a midnight opening night ticket, playing on an absurdly big ExiMax screen, and kicked back with a cold one.

The movie certainly starts with some flair and kick. The introduction to the characters is great, backed by a fantastic soundtrack and some wicked dark humour. Finally, one of these superhero movies has made me laugh a ton! Yeah, my sense of humour is twisted, perverted maybe, but hey I found this thing to be hilarious. And the super-villains give this film something that no other superhero film I have seen possessed.

Attitude.

Screw all this PC user-friendly nonsense that these studios excrete consistently. I know I am in the minority here, but this is the first movie of its kind that has excited me, that has grabbed me by the throat and taken me on a ride. Unfortunately though, the ride is far from perfection.

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This movie suffers from reported re-shoots. The movie drags in places and it is just as clichéd as every other story they write for these films. But this story takes leaps that the viewer has to put together themselves, and it becomes obvious that many scenes have been removed. It creates a fractured experience; fun and wild, but at the same time, frustrating.

In fact, we see The J-Man for about eight minutes and change. Eight fantastic minutes – Leto has definitely given the character his own personal spin. But for a two hour movie, after all the method-acting, all those bizarre stories, I feel thoroughly ripped off that everyone’s favourite lunatic is basically missing from this movie.

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Looking forward to seeing Leto as The Joker? Make sure you don’t blink, he gets about 8 minutes on screen in a two hour film

Since we barely see The Joker, Will Smith steps up and delivers as the assassin Deadshot. He has charisma, he is funny, and he convincingly portrays a bad person. Robbie of course delivers, and is on-screen for most of the movie. Smith and Robbie are essentially the two lead characters of the film, and share excellent chemistry. The rest of the cast are great in smaller roles, especially Viola Davis.

But this stellar acting and chemistry is ruined by the fractured experience, and the fact that none of these damned directors or cinematographers can capture a fight scene in these films to give the viewer some sense of who is hitting who! This problem plagues almost all action movies, and it is here in full force: nausea inducing camerawork, no shot lasting for more than a few seconds.

Am I the only one who doesn’t like this method of shooting fight-scenes? Perhaps they need to watch The Raid and have the actors train properly so they can effectively act out the scenes, allowing the cameras to stand back a bit so we can see what is happening.

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A fun, darkly humourous comic superhero film? I think this may be the first, and it is easily the best superhero movie I have4.5 beer - no beer top ever seen, except for maybe Watchmen. What I love though is that this film has an attitude problem. If only the re-shoots hadn’t occurred, almost removing The Joker from the film entirely… who knows what could have been. Regardless, this is still a fun ride and one well worth checking out on the big screen.

One and a half beers short of a sixer

4.5/6