Jesus, I really wanted to like this one…
DC third movie in their connected movie brings out the bad guys to fight world ending threats (against their will of course) since the events of Batman Vs Superman.
On paper this seems a great idea. An anarchic anti-superhero movie to shake up an increasingly crowded market could have been the next logical step on from the similarly themed Guardians Of The Galaxy and Deadpool, two other movies where the heroes aren’t that heroic.
However it just doesn’t work out like that.
Bottom line, the real problem here isn’t so much the script, director or actors, but the tone. You see whereas most films have trailers edited to fit the feel of the finished movie this feels like the movie was edited to fit the trailers. Choppy editing make almost all of the characters motivations seem weirdly random, not because they’re nuts but because it feels like they’re simply poorly written. Each and every character has a lengthy character intro which means the film takes forever to get started. Catchy popular songs this soundtrack may have, but they’re used abysmally, slapped over random action and introductory scenes with no care about whether or not they actually fit. Characters hyped up in the extensive ad campagin hardly have anything to do (Katana and Slipknot literally do nothing) or have had scenes shaven from their run time (Killer Croc seems to growl after everyone else’s punchlines but has little else to offer apart from looking magnificent) and the end of the world plot is the same old same old blue light in the sky, faceless army stuff that other films have done before and done better.
So, is this a total trainwreck then?
No. Of course not.
Will Smith carries the film nicely, one of the few characters here whose motivational changes actually make sense given his performance and feels somewhat the Will Smith of old. Margot Robbie fares pretty well with the fan favorite Harley Quinn I feel playing up her relationship with the Joker as an actual romance instead of the abusive relationship it has always has been is a massive mistake.
Ah yes, the Joker. Having far less to do here than those trailers suggested, Jared Leto’s much anticipated portrayal of the clown prince of crime is not bad at all. Sporting more costume changes than Katy Perry on awards night and nailing the laugh, he’s no Heath Leager (yet), but the prospect of seeing him square of with the Dark Knight in a solo Batman movie is positively mouth watering.
Also, props for getting a memorable performance out of Jai Courteney, I never knew he had it in him. In fact everyone here from Viola Davis to Carla Delevingne blatantly seems to be trying their ass off, it’s just the editing doesn’t seem to let anything of worth come through in it’s unrelenting attempt to be a cool two hour trailer.
So once again it seems to be yet another muddled DC offering that chokes on delivery, yet still offers enough tidbits, moments and cameos to keep you awaiting the next one. But you really feel Warners need to up their game. Critically this touted shared universe is 0 of 3 when it comes to that knockout blow of a universally loved movie a franchise needs to keep moving forward.
Man Of Steel: OK
Batman Vs Superman: OK
Suicide Squad: Meh.
Bottom line, Wonder Woman needs to dazzle and dazzle hard.