Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

Suicide Squad – Film analysis and review

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When the trailer for this movie came out i let myself hope that it would live up to the hopes that the comic book world fans had attached to this live action version. This is a film review, critical film analysis and dissection of the different facets of the film, ie. what could have been done, taken out or replaced. The film starts off really strong, the first forty/ fifty minutes or so i was watching at home with my friend, we were both looking at each-another every few minutes saying “good start, got no qualms with it so far what was everyone on about?” This didn’t last long. Cara Delevingne’s character “The Enchantress” had the potential to be something incredible, the preview clip of Cara turning into the Enchantress literally took hold of the watching world and gave a lot of people hope that this film could be something substantial. When i personally saw it, i got a hell of a lot more excited about the film. If this legitimately great clip was just a small sample of what was to come then wow. We were in for a treat.

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Suicide Squad film review analysis

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Lets start with the aformentioned scene of Cara or “Dr. June” turning into the Enchantress. This scene was done so damn perfectly, the CGI, the direction and mis-en-scene, every part of it was golden, nothing that i could suggest to improve it. This was one of the many parts of the film that visually stunned me. This for me was the pinnacle (visual-wise) of the film, even if we just look at whats being presented to us on screen, we see the physical takeover occurring with a literal grip. This version of the Enchantress intrigued me immensely, as she’s been a feature in comic books but this version of her appearance is just flawless.

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Suicide Squad film review analysis

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This pre-released clip alone had my interests piqued. The film starts off incredibly strong, surprisingly so. We see “Amanda Waller” taking control and assembling a task force of extra-sensory (meta-human) people. This character from the comics was actually supposed to be male but the directors enjoyed Viola Davis’ interpretation of the character too much and switched the genders. A choice well made in this viewers opinion, she portrays an incredibly formidable opponent. She also allows for a flashback narrative collective story on the loose background of the characters being introduced and their talents. One on particular stands out..

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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In my opinion, the main draw of the film was the relationship between Harley Quinn and the Joker himself. We’re shown through flashback narrative how their paths crossed, a very different psychiatrist Dr. Harlene Quinzel was a doctor at…. you guessed it. Arkham Asylum (where the joker was being kept imprisoned) and was assigned to him. While a few of the other characters hold a little interest, nothing had a matched appeal as this destructive and toxic paramour couple.

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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There wasn’t many laughs in this film (logically as its not in the comedy genre) but any chuckles it got out of me came straight from Deadshot. Will Smith playing Deadshot was another thing that semi-salvaged this film, as his was another three dimensional, complex and relatable character. Just a side point here, when i say relatable i don’t solely mean you as an audience member can identify yourself or parts of yourself in him, what i do mean is that you see traits that are realistic and regular among his fast-paced lifestyle there are some legitimate emotions. One we can connect to and believe in (as a character). There were very few characters that were able to evoke much emotion or belief in this piece. Deadshot and his daughter was another relationship (one of the few…) that felt substantial in this, his skillset was also quite marketable.. all in all a pretty badass boss.

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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The CGI part of the analysis or discussion has arrived. Firstly where it excelled and raised this film up, followed by how it was also in other parts of the film its biggest fail, in that they seemed to decide on using a f**ckload of CGI instead of coming up with a feasible climax. There are several scenes in this that are literally made perfectly, the insightful and precise use of CGI with a vision in mind and something creative behind it. Exhibit A would be the first of my own handcrafted GIFs in this post (Cara turning into a meta-human ‘The Enchantress’) but there are multiple options to choose from for this purpose. The main one i want to discuss is the illusions created by El Diavolo. (I would love to go over all of my favourite parts, i may make a separate post for this but for now there’s only room for one example. The first glimpse we see of them is within our first introduction to the character.

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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This piqued my interest but later on in the bar before the final final final final fight, he tells his story to the group, how his anger incinerated his wife and children. The Visuals created were something that have stayed burned (pun intended) into my cornea’s, such an inspiring and creative way to portray his tale. The animators of this show need to take a bow. You get surprisingly drawn in by this story, surprisingly because other than this onetime discussion with his comrades, El Diavolo purposely distances himself from the group emotionally and physically, so at the end when he sacrifices himself for the others saying “I’ve already lost one family and i’m not going to lose another…” my initial reaction was…… sorry when did they bond .. at all? He’s gone out of his way to be a reluctant member of the squad who does sweet fuck all until he’s eventually goaded by Deadshot. But where has this strong emotional connection come from? The answer is nowhere. That said, his display is ridiculously brilliant. (even if his characters story wasn’t)

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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Then watching a fire version of his wife suffocating in the fumes, it was nearly more powerful and impacting then if it had been done regularly. This kind of innovative artistry resonates a lot deeper with audiences, in my experience and opinion.

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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Now, for where the CGI went wrong. I would probably class this down more to the director than to the CGI team at all as they were just doing what they were instructed. The whole end plot just got very ‘big’ very quick, and not in a good way. But in an unrealistic and uninteresting way. There was a connection with Dr. June (Delevingne) but she wasn’t the antagonist, The Enchantress was and although we get information about her, we don’t have enough of her cause to really buy into her identity as a plausible villain. It just reads a little rushed, as if the main event (big finale fight) had no planning and construction where the other parts did. Instead of a realistic evil we just have this big circle of electricity and a sorcerer’s appearance changing again unnecessarily.

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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The job they did with the original Enchantress was so damn flawless… why did they feel the need to make it more ridiculous. From left to right, left hand-side denotes a dark,formidable yet regal being; the right is a pumped up Power-ranger.

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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One of my final points will be about where the direction did well, it is an incredibly visual film, there are aspects that as a film student i can really appreciate, i just wish they maybe ran the film through a test group of people with half a brain cell and they could have gotten their feedback and made alterations… There is so much symmetry in this film which i adore, directors that are able to weaponize the cinematography make such a stronger impact on the memory of viewers, that old adage “The best filmmakers were photographers once” comes to mind. Film wise, two particular scenes come to mind :

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis

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Then a few more i’ll include in a gallery below, just so you can get an idea about the type of cinematography and mis-en-scene used. If you click any of the six pictures a little frame will open the full image for you on the page. 

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So, all in all, could be a hell of a lot worse, but also some major script issues could have been hammered out to produce a higher quality piece of work. The soundtrack was something that took me a little by surprise, a collection of solid tunes that did in fairness fit perfectly with the scene of choice that the songs were selected for. I wouldn’t be giving this film higher than a 7, although visually stunning, the lacking in the plot development and antagonists along with the fact that its not a highly intelligent piece of prose make it difficult to raise it much above a 7. Although, I’ve heard (as of September 2017) that the creators are debating doing a Jokers Origin story, this is something that could be done very well and expanded upon, as the Harley Quinn and Joker part of the film is the only reason you’d want to rewatch it. Also… lastly… even if you strongly dislike the movie, you cant deny that Margot Robbie owned Harley Quinn, even personality wise she really captured the essence of the comics Harley. Her appearance while we’re on it… So Enjoy!

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Suicide Squad Film Review and Analysis