Monday, July 13, 2015

Shiver me timbers, Suicide Squad looks pretty damn good


I've been skeptical of DC's ability to "catch up" with the MCU, but considering the lackluster Age of Ultron and the pleasant surprise of last weekend's Batman v Superman trailer, I'm beginning to realize I'm wrong.

And I love being wrong about stuff like this.

I'm not sure why every other trailer these days includes a stripped rendition of an older pop song. The tactic is becoming like that Crimson Tide song which was used in every action movie trailer in the mid to late 90s. I think the contrast of soft music and harsh visuals works for Suicide Squad better than it has in other trailers, though. It's used in a more playful but diabolical way, which lends itself well to the subject matter... at least if this is the kind of movie I think (hope) it is.

I just can't help but wonder where Harley is going to the bathroom in that cell. And do they really give dangerous prisoners enough cloth to hang either themselves or unsuspecting guards? Looks like she breaks out of the cell at one point and I'd bet money that cloth is used to acrobatic effect.

I love the cast so far. I found Focus to be kind of enjoyable, mostly because of its leads, so I love that they're putting Will Smith and Margot Robbie in another movie together. As much as I bitch and complain about Hollywood movies on here, I actually adore good Hollywood movies and what I consider old-fashioned movie stars... I just think Smith and Robbie's chemistry is the kind of stuff that sold tickets fifty years ago, so I hope they have a lot of screen-time with each other.

As for Joker, well shit... I still don't know what to think about that. We'll see. If it doesn't work out, we won't have to wait long for another reboot.

Since DC has to spend some time building up to the Justice League film the way Marvel built up to Avengers, I'm really beginning to see the brilliance in getting a Suicide Squad movie out there pronto. I might want to see this more than Batman v Superman at this point. The biggest problem for me is the feeling this movie probably needs an R-rating to really pop. Sure, it looks dark and subversive as far as standard summer blockbusters go, but can it really pull off that tone with the inevitable PG-13 rating? 

I don't know, maybe it's best to wait and see if they sell an unrated cut on DVD. I kind of doubt it, though.

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