There's something to be said about not giving a flying crap. I gave a crap about Jason Bourne and this happened.
But, this, I just don't care.
I don't care about The Joker. About Jared Leto. About DC (or even Marvel, for that matter). About comic book movies, in general. Seriously and sincerely, I offer you my track record:
I've seen 5 of the 13. Here are my thoughts:
Iron Man (2008) - Don't remember it. But I like the song.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - Turned it off 90 minutes in because I would have rather watched a real cartoon or a real movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - This one was pretty fun. Cool cast. The soundtrack stuff was fun. The villain guy though...one of the worst villains in the history of movies.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Why am I here? And who are all these people? And why does the whole world keep blowing up? And why is it in mid-air?
Ant-Man (2015) - It's less than two hours, and it's still a good movie? No way! And the dude who decided to stage a fight inside a briefcase with The Cure on the soundtrack. Thank you. And thank you Paul Rudd as well. And thank you Evangeline Lilly...for still being in stuff.
I've seen 1 of the 3. Here are my thoughts:
Man of Steel (2013)- Turned if off 90 minutes in, so I could wash the grey dust out of my eyes.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Not screened because I worried about my ability to sit in a movie theater for 151 minutes plus previews without losing my sanity (and not being able to wash the grey dust out of my eyes.)
Suicide Squad (2016) - Made me want to go back and see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (more below...so strap in!)
...Not giving a crap allows one to simply have fun watching a fun movie. That is all David Ayer's Suicide Squad is, and I'm quite sure all that it was meant to be. And I can get away without overly bitching and nit-picking it apart because...well...I simply don't care to. And I'm not trying to be mean to fanboys and fangirls who are. (I'm sorry you keep seeming to get hosed by the studio suits and critics.) But I had much more fun than most comic book fans and artsy critics (which I sort of am) because I had no dog in the fight. And I didn't expect a "good" movie. I never do.
I'll start with agreeing with the bad. There has been a misstep in storytelling and character development here. There are obvious gaping holes in the plot. There are some suspect edits, specifically one that all but removes Adam Beach as Slipknot from the movie entirely and many others involving The Joker, who you would've though would've been the main character after all the 2015 San Diego Comic Con brouhaha. I assume some of this has to do with what I've been hearing about how Warner Bros. went in and screwed with the editing process. That may or may not be true. I don't care enough to dig.
Then, there's the intriguing director David Ayer, a filmmaker I am most familiar with as the writer of Training Day, one of the most memorable movies of my adult life. He went on to direct hard-hitting street grit like Harsh Times with Christian Bale and End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal. I've seen neither of those.
He then went on to direct the minimal WWII film Fury, which spends the majority of its time inside a Sherman tank. I found it merciless in its violence...in a good way. Thin on story and character...in a bad way. That's about the same thing I could say about Suicide Squad. The good outweighs the bad for me in both films.
There is also the big bad villain, an ancient witch called Enchantress, who inhabits the body of archaeologist June Moone (Cara Delevingne) and is bent on total destruction. Even before she goes rogue, government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is already putting together the aforementioned squad to combat the growing terrorism of real and meta proportions. This, of course, in the absence of Superman, who just got into it with Batman and bounced (I guess...I haven't seen that one yet.)
The way they are introduced with Waller reading their dossiers to one of the Joint Chiefs is a shining example of why I love movies, in general. It is stylish and fun, full of great soundtrack choices. I mean GREAT! And I won't spoil them either. It is fast-paced, slick, just cool. Hilarious titles in various fonts flash on the screen, introducing them all, cut in with flashbacks, all action, nicely assembled for the most part. I could honestly watch the first half hour of this movie all day, despite the unequal balance in development.
Once the squad is complete, it is essentially standard superhero movie fare, total death and destruction. The crew joke and shoot and argue through the devastated streets of an evacuated city, coming to terms with their past mistakes and how it all might have been. Some care more than others. Will Smith's Deadshot carries a good deal of the dramatic weight with Jay Hernandez's Diablo getting the triumph, both with backstories about wives and/or children that took a backseat to their criminal lifestyles.
But the movie belongs to Robbie. Harley Quinn's story is the most simultaneously involving and underdone. That has to do with the structure of the movie itself, and the very nature of The Joker (Jared Leto) as a subplot, essentially a series of flashbacks. Leto is fine, maybe could've been better given some more time, but Robbie's work is the real win for this movie. She is downright hilarious, having immense amounts of fun with the role, and is a dynamite presence.
Honestly, at some point I decided to believe that this flick is bad on purpose, which made me not feel so bad for pretty much loving every silly minute of it. And that's just as well. You see, it's like I said. I just didn't care. I wasn't looking for a great movie. I wasn't even particularly pumped up about seeing it. When that's the case, a movie can defy your expectations. It can become just about having fun seeing a weird, sometimes cool, often funny action movie.
And that's Suicide Squad. Cool, weird, bad, awesome, fun. Other than that, I don't care.
Written and Directed by David Ayer
Based on characters from DC Comics
Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto (sort of), Margot Robbie, and Viola Davis
★★★ out of ★★★★★