Friday, August 12, 2016
Suicide Squad (2016)
The only aspect of the movie that I did not like was Jared Leto. I've admittedly have never really cared for Jared Leto or his band Whispering Wednesdays (no, that's not the real name of his band.) However, I suspended my judgements of Leto playing Joker for well over a year. For a brief moment, I even bought into the notion that Leto might bring something new and special to the character.
Nope. Not at all. I could not have been be more disappointed with Jared Leto's Joker. I'm not going to be a Batman fanboy about it. I don't have to be.
Leto's performance as the Joker was simply lame, misguided, and completely inauthentic. It did not merely "fall flat," it fell right through the floor out of the gate. Leto's Joker makes me cringe. I have no interest in seeing him play the Joker again, and if there is that type of movie underway, that's disappointing.
Jared Leto is the worst on-screen Joker of all time. Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Mark Hamill, Cesar Romero, etc. Out of all the Jokers I can think of offhand, Leto is by far the worst. I was on Team Batfleck from day one, so I am not opposed to change and I was willing to give Leto a chance. After seeing Suicide Squad though, it is clear to me that the reason the film has a 26% (or whatever) on Rotten Tomatoes is simply because of the rotten Leto Joker. Ugh, so sad. The reviews may talk trash about other elements of the film, but they're simply critics that are not in control of their emotions. All tributaries of shit flow to Jared Leto.
I know they did reshoots for this film. They were probably unnecessary. They probably just needed to superimpose any of the aforementioned previous Jokers over Leto's face and the problem would have been solved.
Maybe that's me and I'm being too harsh. My impressions are rather negative, and maybe if they do make another movie with Leto, he will be better. Probably not, but one can hope. Just like how I hope the studio bites the bullet and does not use Leto again instead. If you can replace Batman, you sure as shit can, and should, replace the Joker. I heard that Leto is upset they cut a lot of his scenes from the film. I am not.
I was never really excited about Suicide Squad. As I stated, Robbie seemed like a badass from the beginning, but I was pre-disappointed with the movie when I saw the first trailer (however long ago that was). But, as it turns out, I actually really like the movie. It's a super-cool, summer-team-up flick, and totally worth seeing, especially if you're a DC fan. I love seeing movies in 3D, many people don't. I'm not only glad that I ended up seeing Suicide Squad in theaters, but also rather pleased that I saw it in 3D. It's definitely my kind of 3D movie. The recent DC films have struggled to make Marvel-sized impression at the box office and with audiences, but other than the Leto factor, Suicide Squad demonstrates a good amount of promise for the fledgling DC Extended Universe.