Suicide Squad (2016) - 1.5 out of 4
Get ready for a swear-filled rant ladies and gentleman because this is about to get real ugly.
If you haven't seen this shit-show yet, save yourselves a lot of money and skip it. My friend (a DC fanboy) got so restless during it that he started looking into his phone. He said this film is second-only to Catwoman (yes, the film for which Halle Berry won a Razzie) in the DC-cannon as far as worst films are concerned. Yes, you heard that right. There is a real possibility that even Batman and Robin is better than this.
In terms of staying true to the characters, this is about as wrong as you could get. (And I had comic book nerds telling me that Nolan's trilogy screwed up in terms of how they adapted some characters.)
We'll start with Harley Quinn. This tweetstorm is a good starting point for why this highly sexualized interpretation is horrible. The amount of male-gazey shots of women in this film boggles my mind. I counted numerous dialogues where people talk creepily about how sexy Quinn looks before going on to say that she is ugly on the inside. And for the entire second half of the film, she walks around without any pants, which allows for numerous shots of her ass. Yes, David Ayer! We get it. Margot Robbie is unbelievably hot. But she also happens to be a talented actress who almost saves the role with her performance. (The over-acting in a few scenes don't help though.) This is just ugly film-making that should be thrown to the garbage bin.
And let's not even get to how screwed up the Quinn-Joker relationship is. The aforementioned friend said this is, by far, the worst interpretation of the Joker in Hollywood. Much was made of Jared Leto's method acting, with news about how he stayed in-character throughout, and messed with the entire cast. (I think Davis and Smith have both said they might never act with this maniac.) However, what you see on-screen is over-acted shit. There are scenes of the Joker and Quinn making out that could have come straight out of a soft-core porn film. Yeah, it really is that bad.
Mind you, Robbie is not alone, though she is the most-objectified. Cara Delevingne's the Enchantress also gets a few male-gazey shots towards the end. She also happens to be the villain in a plot that makes absolutely no fucking sense. You have no idea what her goals are or how she intends to achieve it. The film starts and in about half an hour, this whole apocalyptic scenario begins with The Enchantress at the center of it all. I've seen made-for-TV movies with better scripts.
Will Smith, true to his character's name, looks like he was just shot dead for the entire duration of the film. When the original poster for the film was released, somebody made a meme where Will Smith is thinking, "What am I doing here?" That's how he looks for the entire duration of the film. Deadshot is supposed to be the film's moral center, but is so utterly under-developed that it beggars belief.
The soundtrack tries to evoke memories of Guardians of the Galaxy with lots of fast and peppy numbers. And though it is at-odds with the film itself, it is about the only good thing about the film.
At the end of the film, my friend said he has lost all interest in seeing any future DC releases and that Warner Bros. should probably just stop with Justice League, and that too only because they've already started shooting it.
The irony of the entire franchise is that when BvS was originally announced, everybody shit on Ben Affleck. As it turns out now, if there's any chance of saving DC, it rests with him. His Batman has been the only positive so far of the revamped DC-universe. And he's a fantastic director, who also happens to be a Batman nerd, we may just end up seeing a decent Batman film out of all this.
So yeah, do not go out and see this film. Watch Ghostbusters instead. Or any other film really.