MENTAL NOTE

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Suicide Squad

This is unbelievable. DC has done it again: a movie that tries to do so much it ends up doing absolutely nothing ─ and that, in my book, is a damn shame. Pardon my Swedish.


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.

★★★☆☆


Ha ha? Who's laughing?

82 comments:

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    1. Blue, I really don't know much about this movie and I'm don't think it is something I would watch, but if you say DC did it in crap style I'll believe you.

      How are you Blue? I have been thinking of you!

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    2. I'm walking that fine line between total exhaustion and being able to teach. But I'm pretty upbeat, which helps.

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  2. Whaaat? You went to watch a movie which glorifies evil and glamourizes violence? Boo and Hiss, Hiss and Boo! The fact that it earned so much first weekend just shows the degraded and sick taste of US audience, the world is really moving in such a wrong wrong direction :(

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    1. To that I agree the world is moving in the wrong direction :( just wait until November..can I just scream UGH NOW

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    2. @Dezzzmeister - I like the way you hiss. Do it again. The world was moving in the wrong direction when the powers that be deemed it a great idea to burn witches to the stake.

      @True Blue - Ain't that the truth.

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    3. Dezzie - why watch American films if you hate Americans?

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    4. That's not it, True. He just hates violence.

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    5. True, me is slightly offended that you'd think I hate any nation, that's just nasty! The fact that one criticises a nation's taste in films and books does not, under any circumstances, mean one hates the nation. And as a movie and TV expert with a decade long experience, psychologist and an English literature professor, I should be the first one to criticise what is immoral and wrong in those fields!

      That being said, I mostly watch English series and only up to ten American movies a year, maybe

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    6. Dezzie - No disrespect - your note seemed to have a negative undertone and perhaps, I took it the wrong way. You are certainly entitled to your own thoughts. As Blue has stated you just don't like violence and there is nothing wrong with not wanting to watch violence :) Have a peaceful day!

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    7. Did he say, "Just ten"? Dezz, did you say, "Just ten"?

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    8. you know I'm exquisitely selective with movies and most of them make me fall asleep three times at least, since they all seem to last for at least two hours these days

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    9. I know, and if I'm not mistaken you love watching series rather than movies.

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    10. yes, and I'm using summer evenings to catch up on all the British ones I didn't manage to see during the year. Already finished INDIAN SUMMERS season two, VERSAILLES and AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, and next week I'm starting JERICHO, HOME FIRES season two and THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

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    11. Well, it's good to hear you've found yourself a way to chill out and relax, Dezz. A guy needs to recharge his batteries, especially when they're... big ;)

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    12. I think Dezzy has me beat on the 10 American films a year. I am lucky to even get in half that unless it's family movies like Finding Dory. Jason and I spend most of our free tv time catching up on series as well. We both have a hard time sitting through a 2 hour film without growing bored or falling asleep. A 30 minute comedy is more up our alley.

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    13. If the acting is great and the stories are fine, I'm all for it.

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    14. I agree. We have to really be engaged in the film to watch it all the way through. We did watch Straight Out of Compton tonight. I thought for sure I would have fallen asleep during it, but I was highly entertained through the whole thing and lasted the full movie :)

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    15. Straight outta Compton... I remember that song like it was yesterday. Now it's considered old school and I'm still wondering, "How did that happen?"

      I'll put it on my list. Hope you're doing fine. I'm working 24/7. Can't wait till it's the end of August.

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    16. what do you mean you're working 24/7, shouldn't thou be on a summer break now? Or did you fail enough students to have them doing exams in August?

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    17. I've been teaching summer school since the year dot. It pays the mortgage and what not. How's life, Dezman?

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    18. and keeps your mind of Bora Bora, right? Are you wearing suits while teaching summer school too? Tell me you at least have a safari one? :)
      I'm hoping to relax at least for two or three days after I finish the book I'm currently doing.

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    19. I have one safari one but I refuse to wear it. Three days. Why not a week?

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    20. who has a week to waste in this short life of ours, Sir Blue Balls? And I have other books waiting... them bestsellers never stop coming....

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    21. I have plenty of weeks to waste, just not now, I don't. :) Maybe I should send you to Bora, Dezmeister.

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  3. lol figured as much
    DC is rather out of touch
    Trying to cram everything into one
    And stop Marvel's fun
    Instead of taking their time like Marvel did
    They go and try to add arms to a squid
    That's a lot of arms to juggle about
    And they end up like a trout
    Floundering on land
    Then they wonder why it's more bland
    Always rush rush rush
    So big bucks they can mush
    When they lose dough in the end
    A rather stupid trend
    A lot they go for
    A little doesn't work anymore

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    1. No surprises there
      DC should sit on a bear
      Too much monkey biz in that flick
      I'd rather watch a chick on a stick
      Not a croc on a rock
      Or a squid on a lid
      They can't do the Marvel thing
      Maybe they should go sit on a king


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    2. haha pointy either way
      There at their bay
      DC fanboys love it though
      No matter what does show
      If it is good it is good
      In any old hood
      If it is bad it is bad
      At any old pad
      Should do their own thing
      There at their wing
      Not be a copy cat
      And give scat
      But good is subjective too
      Hell, ghostbusters was liked by you lol

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    3. Liked but forgotten just like that
      Liked but not loved, Kitty Cat
      The first one is all I need
      At my red guy feed

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    4. No love, just like
      Now taken a hike
      Red stabbed it
      Bit by bit

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    5. That's the way it is
      Doing the blue red biz

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  4. Just dropping in to say "hi" because this is so not my kind of movie. Come to think of it...I might not have a "kind" of movie. I seem to be disappointed a lot.
    Still...what do I know? A lot of others are out there buying tickets for it.

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    1. Hi Cheryl. Good to hear from you again. I bet you know a lot. Hollyheads don't except when it comes to counting their dough.

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  5. And Jo Blo reviewed it and said that he has no idea what movie the reviewers are watching. It's not perfect but it's a lot of fun. I intend to see it tomorrow! I think the rumor that Disney is paying reviewers to dis non-Marvel-Disney films is true...

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    1. Have fun, Alex. Margot Robbie and Will Smith are pretty darn good in this one.

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    2. I'll let you know what I think. I won't go in expecting Avengers.

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    3. Nope. Rest assured it's much better than Batman V. Superman.

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  6. And I was looking forward to Suicide Squad... darn it!

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    1. That makes two of us, Lynda. Maybe my bar's too high knowing all the comics. I don't think it is. Of course, in the end this is just my opinion and you might enjoy this movie a bit more.

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  7. That's how I have been feeling about a lot of big budget movies for years, although I've never been able to enu7nciate the problem like you have here.

    "The Watchman", for instance. Too many elements and too many characters and didn't take the time necessary with any of them.

    Movie seem to be getting longer again, and I don't care for that, because usually, it means they've just shoved way too much useless stuff into it. Especially in summer movies.

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    1. Big budget, little brain... I doesn't have to be this way, right?

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  8. I figured it'd do rather terrible than what fans were hoping. None of these characters are what I expected them to look like from comic to movie. Killer Croc is understandable but Harley and Joker are not what they should be.

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    1. Amen. And I'll raise you a Scooby Doo.

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  9. Yeah, this was one of the genre movies I was looking forward to because David Ayer is a good director and I've enjoyed his previous movies quite a bit. Oh well. Hold on, you say that aside from a fatale flaw that it's enjoyable? I mean, I enjoy the Fantastic Four movies outside of the fact that they are all terrible. Is that the same thing? I like those movies if not for the flaw that they are utterly awful?
    I got bummed out by this movie when I heard that the Harley Quinn character was robbed of all her agency and turned into a useless, one-dimensional character that only exists to titillate and motivate Joker. A great character reduced to ingenue. Sad. Hopefully this movie tanks so bad that they have to reset the universe like Spider-Man and we all forget the unfortunate choice of Jared Leto with unfortunate and obvious tattoos.

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    1. Reboot the universe! Who would've thought that I'd ever say those words out loud? I'll stick to my comics, Pickleope Von Pickleopeland. How can comics have more depth than movies, right? Leto is barely in the movie. That trailer is a scam.

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  10. I've been looking forward to this movie for months. It just looks like a fun movie. I haven't seen it yet so I'll save my judgement until I do.

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  11. I had friends go see it (for his birthday) while I watched their kiddos. He loved it, she didn't. I usually love to go see the superhero movies, but I think I'm skipping this one. No particular reason, I'm just not feeling it...though I would like to see how Leto handled the Joker (since that was so hyped up before it released). I read he didn't get much screen time but was still good.

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    1. Leto is barely in the movie. The trailer is a scam.

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  12. I'm not interested in seeing this one at all. :(

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    1. I'm not really thrilled with the tone of the DC movies lately. I do like the way they've been handling their TV show adaptations, though.

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    2. Which makes you wonder what they've been thinking...

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    3. Wonder you say?
      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ answered today

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  13. Ooof, I've heard bad things about this one. I'll probably be watching it on some transatlantic flight this winter

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  14. Everyone that I know that has seen this one has nothing but good things to say about it. I am not sure I'll ever catch it though. It's not something I think Jason would like and I hardly watch movies like this by myself.

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    1. That's probably because they don't read comics ;)

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    2. one more thing Jason Mahoney and I agree about! Blue, did you know sister Theresa's Jason and me are like twins?

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    3. I'm so tired, Dezz. I swear I'd sacrifice one of my ding-dongs just to feel better again.

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    4. Me too, Blue, but I ain't giving any of my ding dongs... unless I know who will take care of them :)
      Why aren't you on a holiday if you're tired? Monies? Feckity feck, why do medicines have to be so expensive..... And why do so many bloggers have to be ill... we have new ones on the list too... made my summer super depressive... I don't even have enough fingers on my hands anymore to count everybody around me who has cancer :( One of my teaching colleagues died from it two weeks ago (and in just two weeks too) left a nine month baby behind her and now they don't even have money to send her corpse back to her homecountry (she was teaching in UK)... sing me a sad song, Blue, will you?

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    5. That's so depressing. Sometimes sticking your head in the sand (no, not that one) seems like a very appealing alternative to facing the facts, wouldn't you say? Vacations don't make me less tired plus I need to pay the bills too. Maybe next year.

      If time were not a moving thing
      And I could make it stay
      This hour of love we share
      Would always be
      There'd be no coming day
      To shine a morning light
      And make us realize our night is over

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    6. It's super depressing, Blue. One of our fellow bloggers is battling stage 4 cancer :( another had three of them found in his body and taken away only to find three skin cancers on his head too... it just never stops....
      Twould be really nice to stop the time from moving, indeed.... I'd stay fat forever :)))
      Now pluck me a string on your zither and sing me something medieval and merry!

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  15. Another film I need to miss.

    So frustrating when the only good bits were the ones you've already seen in the trailer..........................

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  16. You're so right about the trailer. I found it perplexing while entertaining! The bad guys save the planet?

    Now all 'DC's' are indecent... take me for example...hmm, maybe not.

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    1. Poor Dixie is also ill, did you visit her, Blue? She can't even type :( Go and cheer her up somehow!

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    2. She can't even type? Say it ain't so.

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    3. Just stopped by her place. Thanks for telling me.

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    4. go and cheer up sister Theresa too, she is also going through some ruff times... secretly.... could probably use a laugh ... and she's baking peanut cookies....

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  17. I won't go seeing it in the movies but I'll watch it when it comes out on DVD. I've heard it's worthy of a rental. Since seeing Deadpool, it's hard to compare anything now.

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    1. This movie is a mess but I'm sure you won't hate it, Elsie. Good to hear from you again.

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  18. It's the type of movie that I won't be seeing anyway. You can't teach old dogs
    new movie tricks. "Arf, Annie... it's me, Sandy." More my style.

    I like, "It's more challenging and rewarding to write a lot about a little than to write a little about a lot." Bingo.....you nailed that one, Daddy Warbucks.

    At one time I thought winter had claimed your plant, but NO.....It's not only
    alive but blooming all over the place. It's a survivor, like Randy.

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    1. Bingo, all right. Now, where's my prize? A ticket to Bora will do. I'd settle for a pill that can cure the sarco out of me. Did I mention I sleep more often than a plant? :)

      "Arf, Annie... it's me, Sandy." I like that, Belva. A lot.

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  19. I do plan on seeing it when it comes out on Amazon Instant Video :)

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