Monday, February 6, 2017


We went and did it, we watched Suicide Squad (2016), and I don't see what everyone is complaining about. Well, I do and I don't.

To briefly recap the plot: Superman is dead (BvM) and Viola Davis needs to protect America from super-powered metahumans. What if they are evil? So she takes a bunch of super-villains, who are evil but not all super-powered, and aims to set them against any threat she perceives. This may sound like a terrible plan to you, but don't worry, everyone agrees - it is a terrible plan.

She gets:
  • Will Smith as Deadshot: a never-miss assassin. He's got the best role, best back story, and best back chat.
  • Margot Robbie as Harly Quinn: a psycho-candy Suicide Girl in love with the Joker. No, she's got the best role. Cute, spunky, punky, and violent.
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc: A guy with crocodile skin. Very pretty.
  • Jai Courtenay as Captain Boomerang: His superpower is being Australian. Always seen with a can of beer in hand.
  • Jay Hernandez as Diablo: A cholo gang-banger with his face tattooed like a skull, who can create huge fires but has sworn off violence.
  • Cara Delevingne as Enchantress: A transdimensional goddess who inhabits the body of an innocent anthropologist.
  • Assorted redshirts.
On the side of good, we have:
  • Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flagg: One of those skinny Arkansas-looking SEAL types with a scruffy beard. He rides herd on the squad.
  • Karen Fukuhara as Katana: Wears half a kabuki mask, carries a soul-eating sword. 
And that doesn't even include Jared Leto as the Joker, because this isn't really his story. He's just background for Harly.

Well, now that I've listed the cast, I don't have any time for the plot. Which is just about as over-stuffed as the cast. The Movie Sign with the Mads podcast did an episode on this and they kept finding out that the part that explains this or that was cut out. So the movie director David Ayer thought he was making isn't what wound up on the screen, partly because a wacko trailer was so popular, they recut.

Still, the final movie is a lot of fun - even if you can't call it a good movie. I liked the villains (I mean antagonists, pretty much everyone's a villain), loved Harly. Robbie uses a great voice for her - Kind of a Judy Holliday whine with a bit of scratchy roughness. The Diablo subplot was good, partly because Hernandez brought something to the sort of standard "esse" role. I was not as impressed by Leto's Joker, but that's OK, he was a minor character.

There was a lot of silliness ("If he kills me, I want you to shoot him and erase my browser history."), lot's of classic rock on the soundtrack (not all from Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy), plenty of action and CGI, bizarre tattoos, even a car chase. It worked for us.

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