Thursday, October 13, 2016

Suicide Squad (2016)

Director: David Ayer. Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Common, Ezra Miller. 123 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Fantasy.

Superhero movie producers are so desperate for new story-lines, they're painting the good guys in shades of grey (here, here, and here). But with this one, they're testing the opposite: How about looking at the bad guys' bright side? The idea seems absurd, but strangely, it works. They manage a coherent story, composing super-villains you can root for, and while Leto as The Joker is quite disappointing (who can top Heath Ledger anyway?), Will Smith leads the pack with a heart, and Delevingne as the "real" villain both looks and acts interesting. This was a very difficult job, well accomplished.

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