2016 #19 – Suicide Squad (dir. David Ayer)

“It’s taken me some time, but I finally have them. The worst of the worst.” – Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad (2016)
David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara
Written By: David Ayer
Running Time: 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes)
Genre(s): Action, Crime, Superhero

Instead of writing my thoughts on Suicide Squad in paragraph form, I’m just going to write down a list of questions that popped into my mind as I watched this film. Yes, there will be spoilers.

  • Really, Amanda? Is this group really the worst of the worst? You’re going to send a man who fights with a boomerang and a woman who fights with a baseball bat to fight supernatural forces within Gotham? Ok.
  • Why was The Joker handled so terribly?
  • Did the film need to take 30 minutes (maybe a slight exaggeration) to introduce all of the villains?
  • Enchantress is an ancient, supernatural, inter-dimensional being…and she just stands on a platform, kissing zombies and doing weird and embarrassing dance moves? Sure.
  • Speaking of Enchantress, what was she even trying to accomplish? Did the film ever even say what the machine she wanted to build was going to do?!
  • Even more on Enchantress: When June was just a human and she fell into the ruins, why did she decide to snap the neck of the idol she found? Wouldn’t she want to save it and bring it back to her camp or something?
  • There is an army of zombie soldiers coming after him and the rest of the city and El Diablo still has trouble using his powers to defeat them? I can’t be the only one who has trouble believing that?
  • Why are all of the character motivations so poorly done? Also, are we supposed to dislike to villains or what? The tone of the film is all over the place.
  • Amanda kills all of her workers for seeing to much and then..gives the Suicide Squad special prison perks? What?
  • Did Katana really need to be there?
  • Why was there little-to-no characterization besides really poorly-made flashback sequences? This should not be such a big issue with an ensemble cast such as this one. Example: Literally the only thing I can tell you about Killer Croc is that he is a cannibal and likes hoodies and BET.
  • Did no one (besides Deadshot) really notice that Harley Quinn had been texting the Joker throughout the movie? Why was she even given a phone?!
  • “She had a mouth” – Was this scene really supposed to be funny?
  • Is Cara Delevingne just a terrible actress, or did the terrible role she played ruin any chance of a good performance?
  • Did all of the superheros in the DC Universe just decide to take the day off when all of this was going down? Why did people like Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash decide to leave the fate of the world in the hands of people like Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang?

Mess. 2/5 (or 1.5/5? Still debating.).

2016 Personal Ballot (updates are in bold)

Best Picture
The Handmaiden
La La Land
Hell or High Water
Sing Street

Best Director
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Park Chan-wook – The Handmaiden
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
Jon Favreau – The Jungle Book

Best Actor in a Leading Role
1. Denzel Washington – Fences
2. Joel Edgerton – Loving
3. Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
4. Ryan Gosling – La La Land
5. Chris Pine – Hell or High Water

Best Actress in a Leading Role
1. Emma Stone – La La Land
2. Kim Min-hee – The Handmaiden
3. Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris
4. Kim Tae-ri – The Handmaiden
5. Rebecca Hall – Christine

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
André Holland – Moonlight
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
5. Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Viola Davis – Fences
2. Janelle Monaé – Hidden Figures
3. Lucy Boynton – Sing Street
4. Naomie Harris – Moonlight
5. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Best Original Screenplay
1. Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
2. Sing Street – Simon Carmody, John Carney
3. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
4. Hello, My Name Is Doris – Michael Showalter, Laura Terruso

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung
3. Fences – August Wilson
4. Loving – Jeff Nichols
5. Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder

Best Film Ensemble
1. Moonlight – Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monaé, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali
Hell or High Water – Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kevin Rankin, Katy Mixon, Margaret Bowman
3. Fences – Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney
4. Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monaé, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge
5. The Handmaiden – Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook, Moon So-ri

Best Original Score
1. La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
3. The Handmaiden – Cho Young-wuk
4. Loving – David Wingo
5. The Jungle Book – John Debney

Best Original Song
La La Land – “Audition” by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Sing Street – “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Gary Clark
3. La La Land – “City of Stars” by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
4. Sing Street – “To Find You” by Gary Clark
La La Land – “Another Day of Sun” by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Best Production Design
1. The Handmaiden – Ryu Seong-hie
2. Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena
3. La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig, James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock
5. Hidden Figures – Missy Parker, Wynn Thomas

Best Cinematography
1. La La Land – Linus Sandgren
2. Moonlight – James Laxton
3. The Handmaiden – Chung Chung-hoon
4. Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Deadpool – Bill Corso
2. Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, Christopher Nelson
3. Sing Street – Barbara Conway, Sandra Kelly
4. The Handmaiden – Song Jong-hee

Best Costume Design
1. The Handmaiden – Jo Sang-gyeong
2. Sing Street – Tiziana Corvisieri
3. La La Land – Mary Zophres
4. Hidden Figures – Renée Ehrlich Kalfus
5. Captain Fantastic – Courtney Hoffman

Best Film Editing
1. Moonlight – Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
2. La La Land – Tom Cross
3. The Handmaiden – Kim Jae-bum, Kim Sang-bum
4. Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
5. The Jungle Book – Mark Livolsi

Best Visual Effects
1. The Jungle Book – Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Adam Valdez
Passengers – Pete Dionne, Sebastien Gourdal, Erik Nordby
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
4. Deadpool – Alex Burdett, Jonathan Rothbart, Ryan Tudhope, Alex Wang
5. Hell or High Water – Jeremy Cox, Scott Hastings, Daniel Holt, Michael Prawitz

2016 Ranked (updates are in bold)

1. Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
The Handmaiden (dir. Park Chan-wook)
La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle)
Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
Loving (dir. Jeff Nichols)
7. The Jungle Book (dir. Jon Favreau)
8. Fences (dir. Denzel Washington)
9. Hidden Figures (dir. Theodore Melfi)
10. Deadpool (dir. Tim Miller)
11. Finding Dory (dir. Andrew Stanton)
12. Hello, My Name Is Doris (dir. Michael Showalter)
13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (dir. David Yates)
14. Christine (dir. Antonio Campos)
15. Captain Fantastic (dir. Matt Ross)
16. Passengers (dir. Morten Tyldum)
17. Sausage Party (dir. Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon)
18. The Girl on the Train (dir. Tate Taylor)
19. Suicide Squad (dir. David Ayer)


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