More is a lot less in Sui­cide Squad mess

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

What’s made it to the screen as Sui­cide Squad could not have hap­pened with­out Marvel.

This DC prop­erty has prior su­per-pics all over it as it strives to achieve sim­i­lar re­sults.

At its core, there’s a Dirty Dozen can­non-fod­der mis­sion movie, and a fo­cus on vil­lains that hasn’t been ex­plored else­where. Sadly the whiff of Marvel­wannabe des­per­a­tion means one can just about see the notes in the mar­gins – needs more Guardians of the Galaxy mu­sic cues here; funny, tonally in­con­sis­tent Dead­pool graph­ics in this bit; Avengers ban­ter, more Avengers ban­ter.

Sadly, ev­ery­thing Sui­cide Squad does in con­stantly try­ing to buy your adu­la­tion – lit­er­ally, the mu­sic bud­get must have been in­sane – takes it fur­ther and fur­ther away from the film it could have been. Or even a halfde­cent one.

But enough fo­cus­ing on what it could have been. What made it to the screen is a mess that strug­gles to ac­com­mo­date both DC uni­verse-build­ing and an an­ar­chic sen­si­bil­ity.

Ben Af­fleck shows up here and there as Bat­man/Bruce Wayne, and 100 per cent does not be­long in this movie any­where. His pres­ence is nearly as jar­ring as that of Mar­got Rob­bie’s pos­te­rior, which seems to get over an hour of screen time, sub­jected to dozens upon dozens of leery cam­era moves that prove dis­turb­ing, not least of all be­cause she plays an abuse vic­tim styled in kinder­whore/Sui­cide Girl fash­ion.

Rob­bie, the ac­tress as op­posed to the sex doll, is ac­tu­ally pretty great at get­ting as much as pos­si­ble from her char­ac­ter. Ditto Will Smith, who is a wel­come pres­ence here. But those are the only high points from the cast, with Jared Leto flat out suck­ing as The Joker, his min­i­mal screen time leav­ing me dread­ing his films to come... Over­thought, yet very, very dumb, Sui­cide Squad is a huge, ag­gra­vat­ing mis­fire.

Steve Ne­wall,

Sui­cide Squad (M) Di­rected by David Ayer Star­ring Will Smith, Mar­got Rob­bie, Vi­ola Davis, Jared Leto 123 mins

Ev­ery­thing Sui­cide Squad does is con­stantly try­ing to buy your adu­la­tion and takes it fur­ther and fur­ther away from the film it could have been.

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