Suicide Squad

I had time for one last film on the flight, so I chose this one.

And again, the reviews were pretty harsh on this, yet I found it to be reasonably watchable. There was plenty of CG, although at times it was so busy that I had no idea what was going on, and it didn’t help that it was dark a lot of the time. The story too was messy and didn’t make sense at times, I guess that is what happens when turning a comic into a film.

I also had problems accepting some of the characters. One character named “Captain Boomerang” was chosen for the Suicide Squad because he was gnarly with a boomerang… hmm, OK. That was all he could do, no other super-duper powers, and he didn’t use his boomerang all that much. He of course was an Aussie, so he said Aussie things for comedic purposes.

The Joker was a bit lame too, and wasn’t in it as much as he should have been. Jared Leto as we all know overdosed on the method acting. I have never been a fan of method acting, not that I know much about acting, but it seems to be a bit absurd. Here is a story I always remember:

Dustin Hoffman has long been known as one of method acting’s most earnest exponents. A showbiz story involves his collaboration with Laurence Olivier on the 1976 film Marathon Man. Upon being asked by his co-star how a previous scene had gone, one in which Hoffmann’s character had supposedly stayed up for three days, Hoffmann admitted that he too had not slept for 72 hours to achieve emotional verisimilitude. “My dear boy,” replied Olivier smoothly, “why don’t you just try acting?” (Hoffman subsequently attributed his insomnia to excessive partying rather than artistry).

Despite the criticism I found this a reasonable watch, not as bad as it is made out to be, and like Independence Day: Resurgence it is just silly fun.

Date watched: April 6th
Score: 6.5/10
Film count 2017: 56

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