Suicide Squad: A Little Bit On the Shallow End

You guys remember Suicide Squad? Of course you do. Those sequined hot pants could be found on every girl who still posts “if you can’t handle me at my best…” memes on Facebook and thinks crazy is an endearing trait. And yeah, I know I’m a little late to the party, but I just can’t handle those theater ticket prices anymore, so I’ll be over here watching things on the Blu-Ray release schedule.

Overall I thought Suicide Squad was decent. Certainly not the amazing masterpiece we all hoped for, but I think every review so far has pretty much established that.

I had a few specific complaints that I’ll resist the urge to rant about here because I want to address my biggest gripe: Harley. Oh Harley, how much I wanted to like you; the embodiment of circus punk girl power. Every time they re-imagine you, you get more awesome. I feel like the writers fell a few feet short here… and when I say the writers, I mean just the writers. As a character, Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn was fantastic. Her story arc saw her make a full transformation from pining wannabe girlfriend to strong independent survivor.

Margot Robbie‘s portrayal was on point and connected well with the character

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)

as well as with her fellow cast and crew. And of course, her costume and makeup design were insanely popular (no pun intended). What ruined it for me though was her lines. Every time Harley opened her mouth we were handed a line that sounded like it was written to sell a t-shirt; a series of cheap catch phrases plastered onto the surface of a character that the movie was simultaneously trying to get us to care about. Harley Quinn was the most promoted character in this movie, but her lines turned her into a prop for the trailers.

It just felt like such a wasted opportunity to really show what a cool character she is. We can take some solace for the moment in rumors that Robbie has expressed interest in a Harley solo movie. Fingers crossed that if it happens, the writing will be better.

What saved Suicide Squad in the end, however, was Deadshot. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Will Smith in something new, so I was worried after all this time

Deadshot (Will Smith)
Deadshot (Will Smith)

he may have lost the ability to really become a character, due to his Will Smith-ness being so iconic and recognizable. But no, Smith as the leader of the rag-tag band of criminals-gone-useful was perfect. This wasn’t Pursuit of Happiness Will Smith, or Concussion Will Smith. No, this was Independence Day Will Smith and Men in Black Will Smith. This was the sassy action hero Will Smith that the world needs. I’m happy so say we will get to see more of this too! Albeit in another story entirely. Smith will be playing Scott Ward alongside his Orc partner in a Bad Boys meets Hellboy meets Men In Black amalgamation titled Bright, which will be on Netflix this December. I can’t wait.

Dark Pirate Shea; Malice-Corp contributor.

 

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