Doing sequential art sessions with teenage delinquents always went the same way. Using comic books and sketching with them to try to get them interested in drawing, narrative and storytelling could only hold them for so long before they inevitably asked me to ‘draw a ganja leaf, bruv.’
It was an inescapable fate. Showing the little scumbags some of the greatest art work on the planet (and my own) was just not cool enough for the 14 year old shoplifting gangbanging goonies.
Being a narcissist and artist, of course I would draw the ganja leaf for them.
As an artist I only live for approval and praise from others. And I got more ‘that’s proper, bruv’ s by doing a 30 second sketch than I did from showing them my entire portfolio (justifiably most would say).
Basically, talent, dedication, storytelling, beauty and striving to create something worthwhile was secondary to a shitty half remembered teen-rebellious 'sick' doodle.
And that’s what the Suicide Squad motion picture reminded me of.
Now I liked the film. It was fun, and colourful and fast and explosion-y. It was popcorn pretty. Very hard to hate anything in it. Go See it. I recommend it. Genuinely.
It just felt like it was pitched to a group of teenagers in grey tracksuit trousers and then changed to fit their feedback.
A film that worked along the lines of ‘and then this happens and then this happened and then this happens and then this happens.’ When writing for the teenage wasteland you apparently have to lose the subtlety. And apparently the original Joker design was a bit too restrained. His bleached skin, green hair, purple suit and psychopathic murderous actions aren't enough to convey to the audience his utter depraved madness. Yeah, his original comic book look was a bit wacky but young movie audiences need the wackiness spelled out on the characters face. Literally. Having a tattoo that says ‘im fucking crazy’ on his forehead or something equally as overtly lazy is what the audience now need.
It does seem like I’m moaning about this movie but I’m not. Genuine. I liked it. It was lazy but so am I. I’m sat here with no pants on, covered in my own shit and semen as I couldn’t be bothered to find my trousers, wank rag (brutalised sock) or wipe before I left the house. The other people in the Library seem like they cant be arsed to make a fuss about it so its of no matter. See we are all lazy.
The makers of Suicide Squad knew we are lazy and knew we didn’t need to see an entire film, just one scene repeated over and over.
Here is that scene
- ‘I hate you all. You are a load of rubbish. But also the government is a bit poo. You guys are ok.’
- ‘I’m Will Smith from some of my serious movies but I’m also Will Smith from some of my funny movies to, so I will be delivering lines in two half’s. A serious tough guy dark line with a joke at the end. Think, Bagger Vance of Bel-Air. Also I’m not going to wear this mask, yes I know it’s the only thing that makes this character design interesting but I’m Will Smiths so here is my Will Smith face. Serious Tough guy line, levity. Also relate to me as I have a nice kid in this and as we all know spunking out a baby makes you a great person. There is no such thing as a shitty parent. Grim line, flippancy.’
- ‘My personality is of a highly sexed 8 year old that you want to fuck. Also something about Mr J. Wacky talk. Sexy talk. Mr J again. Wanna see my arsehole? ‘
- ‘Gooday mate, I’m the comedy foil. Wanna see me throw a boomerang? Neither did the production company, so I only threw 3. I really want to get away. I’m off. Back now, for no reason.’
- ‘And I’m a crocodile.’
Gun play. Big explosion. Repeat scene until you fill 2 hours. Bigger explosion. The end.
That’s basically it.
I liked it. Genuine. I really did. Genuine. I’m not kidding. I don’t know how I can make my typing sound less sarcastic in your head.
I enjoyed the Suicide Squad film.