OK you’ve Suicide Squad has had bad reviews, wouldn’t you think that this would put people off from seeing the film, well not of the viewing I went to last night at Cineworld in Llandudno.
There weren’t many empty seats in screen one, I would probably say the screen was 90% full.
I’d booked my ticket well in advance of the reviews coming out. I’ll start off by saying that I haven’t read the comic books for Suicide Squad, so I went into the movie only knowing what I had seen in the trailer and from reading the synopsis of the Warner Bros. movie.
Directed by David Ayr (Fury, End of Watch), the movie tells the story of A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis), named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprised of super villains, the “Suicide Squad“. They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.
Suicide Squad – As Crazy As Harley and The Joker
Let’s face it Suicide Squad is a bit crazy, it’s introduction to the characters takes up a big chunk of the movie, which I suppose could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. The editing of the movie is a little choppy and it certainly doesn’t have that feel of grandeur that the Marvel franchise has.
Margot Robbie is great as Harley Quinn and certainly seemed to be eye-candy for a few of the guys in the audience, especially when you first dons the T-Shirt and Hotpants, I did here a few “Phwoar” noises a couple of seats over.
It’s a shame that there wasn’t more Joker (played by Jared Leto), I personally don’t think his version of the Joker had the chance to come across well enough in the short screen time that the character had. He didn’t seem to have the energy of Cesar Romero, theatrics of Jack Nicholson, the wild card voice of Mark Hamill or the darkness of Heath Ledger, but maybe there are cut scenes where he could have given us more to appreciate.
Suicide Squad Soundtrack Bounces!
The soundtrack to the movie certainly seems to suit the movie, with a mix of hip hop and even a bit of Creedence Clearwater Revival with Fortunate Son, just don’t take the cringe-worthy version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody completely slaughtered by Panic! At The Disco (shudders, can’t get the awful vocals from my mind!).
As for the sound in the Suicide Squad, well, there are lots of explosions and gun shots going off, with a great use of the surround sound to engulf you in a true cinema experience, actually, the use of surround sound is probably one of the best I’ve heard this year. It’s always nice that all the independent speakers are used to throw the sound around the screen.
3D or not 3D for Suicide Squad?
Last night I had the chance to see the film in 3D, now I do love 3D in movies and I was testing out some Premium Polaroid 3D glasses for the screening, thanks to RealD. Much better than the glasses you get in the theatre as these cover more of your eyes (and glasses if you wear them) giving you a “frameless” vision of the 3D.
The problem with Suicide Squad in 3D is it is a dark film, those who see a lot of 3D films will know that the brighter the movie the better the 3D. The opening credits and the end credits in their vibrant Joker style colours really popped out. Bu, sadly, only a few scenes seem to have that real feeling of depth with the 3D.
Suicide Squad stars two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” “Focus”) as Deadshot; Joel Kinnaman (“Run All Night”, “Robocop”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus,” upcoming the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” “Pan”) as Enchantress.
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