Writing is hard whether we're talking a novel, a serious post or a screen play. What seems to be even harder is learning from your mistakes. It's only 24 hours ago that I told my students it's more challenging and rewarding to write a lot about a little than to write a little about a lot. And I know, movies like Suicide Squad, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, don't inspire the need to go deep, but why in the world would you turn what could've been a good genre movie into a bland smorgasbord?
Do you remember that 1997 nipple-infested Joel Schumacher disaster called Batman And Robin: The Search For More Nipples? Well, I hope you don't. Those who do will unfortunately remember the ridiculous number of both villains and heroes crammed into one sad excuse for a flick. "The Iceman cometh!" ─ that's right, Mr. Schwarzenegger. We're still so not impressed by your ability to allude to Eugene O'Neill's 1939 play by the same name. Now go suck on a Popsicle and be a good boy. "Freeze!" Good one... not. The same can be said about a whole list of superhero movies, and now we've got yet another one to add to it: Suicide Squad. Dare I say that the trailer featuring Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is so much more interesting than the movie itself? Yes, I do. There are too many characters, it boasts zero depth and, like most of the characters in Ocean's Twelve (2004), it's painfully clear that the director has absolutely no idea what to do with them. They are just one step removed from being overpaid extras, and that's a waste of talent, not to mention a total waste of our time.
Write a lot about a little, not a little about a lot... How hard can it be? Well, judging from pig-headed DC's inability to learn from the past, I'd say it's pretty darn hard. Here's the good news, though: in spite of this major unnecessary flaw, Suicide Squad is a pretty decent and, yes, somewhat entertaining movie, but one that could've been so much better. Now, excuse me while I go and watch that trailer again. Prescreenings give me a headache. Did I mention it is loud?
Shame on you, DC.
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