Suicide Squad (PG-13)

Suicide Squad, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis is about the world’s worst bad guys being released from prison to do a good deed for the United States government – like saving the world, naturally.  Viola Davis heads a secret government agency and orchestrates the release of this gang of bad guys to fight other bad guys.  They are the backup in case Superman doesn’t come to save us.  Some from the group have supernatural and/or natural powers, others just know how to kick ass, all are thought to be truly “evil.”

If you are averse to violence, be reminded that this is an action movie, so there is violence. Whether it is gratuitous depends on who you ask.  I didn’t mind the level of violence, particularly since most of the creatures being hacked and shot didn’t have blood.  This is a PG-13 movie, after all, remember.  Will Smith & Co. are trying to prevent World War III while selling the sequels to this thing to you and your children, okay?  So, yes.  Some things get blown up and some people die.  Action.  Movie.

I must say, some of the CGI was absolutely terrible. I cannot for the life of me figure out how a studio plunks down $175,000,000 on one movie and the CGI goes wrong.  I mean, I honestly felt as if was watching 1973’s The Golden Voyage of Sinbad during several scenes.  It was seriously that bad.  If you go to see this movie, you will know exactly when and where it occurs and exactly what I am talking about.  I’m talking about, someone deserves to be blackballed from the industry – no other way to describe it except for “God-awful” – CGI.

Will Smith  did what he does: kicked ass, told jokes, got sentimental – brave, smart mouth, smart guy with a soul – blah, blah, blah.  Margot Robbie branches out in this evil role, paired with her “Pudd’n”, The Joker (played by Jared Leto).  Robbie can do no wrong in my eyes.  I like that she is keeping her roles diverse and she’s not afraid to grow as an actress and try something new.  No rom-com purgatory for this girl.  She is going to be a box office heavy hitter in no time if she keeps it up.  Her role was funny, quirky, crazy, and fun, played with a splash of vulnerability.  Viola Davis was effortless in her role.  During a recent interview, Viola said she was playing herself.  I kind of believe her.  I’m kind of scared of her now.  Just kidding (sort of).  She did a fine job.  I have been skimming past titles of articles where Leto is praised for his portrayal of The Joker for a couple of weeks now.  He did a really good job in the role of a psychotic sociopath.  Very believable.  Now, the combination of him and Robbie makes me want to see a sequel starring their two characters.  Like, today.

I only rolled my eyes really hard two times during this film because of plot elements that were simply beyond stupid (as if the entire premise isn’t ridiculous, but I could overlook that large detail), and there was one extremely large element of the film that was just so poorly executed it cannot be overlooked or justified by anyone watching this film – no matter where one’s comic book allegiance may lie.  Overall, the movie held my interest for the entire 2 hours and 10 minutes that it ran.  If you go to see it, do not leave once the first credits role.  There is more.

I have stated the reason I do not rate these movies before. Those who like this genre of movie and are into the whole comic book world will probably like it just fine and those of us who are not into it so much or not it all, probably will not like it as much.  Opinions do not keep fans of this genre from going to see these movies, and they wind up making billions of dollars, so why bother?  I bothered this time because this was not a sequel.  I probably will not be back for Part II.  I’m sort of a sequel snob that way and I cannot imagine what else they could do that would interest me or be much different from what I just saw, of course, with the exception of Robbie and Leto being the stars of the next installment.  (I’ve already read while putting this review together that there is a Harley Quinn (Robbie’s character here) project that’s been announced.  Hopefully they get this one right.  Is that why people keep going back to see these movies?  In the hopes they get the next one right?)

Suicide Squad earned 6.5 bloops out of 10. It could have and should have been so much better, had anyone cared about what those effects looked like and put a bit more money into them.  Such a shame…  Lastly, there was absolutely no need for this movie to be in 3D, whatsoever.  It did nothing to improve the quality of the film, in my opinion, except jack up the price.

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