A Tumble-Down Suicide Squad Weekend

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Friday morning began like most any early morning as I prepared for my day-job. That is, until my feet hit a slick spot on my tiled kitchen floor.

Just like a participant in an action film combat sequence, everything happened so fast. I remember a momentary realization that I was falling, coupled with my mind going into red alert mode and screaming, “Holy Shit!

Fortunately, my previous years of rapt attention to superhero movies and Jason Bourne films served me well as I thrust my palms out before me to avoid what was destined to be a face-plant against cool ceramic tiles. However, the toes of my left foot hyperextended against the tile, sending a wave of pain through them. Oh, and of course, I tweaked my back a bit, too.

Fortunately, aside from a left-foot-limp for a few days and an achy back, I’m none the worse for wear.

Thank goodness for Advil.

As of today (Sunday), I’m well on the mend and don’t anticipate any trips to the doctor anytime soon. Jeesh, how James Bond and Jason Bourne make it look so easy.

*sudden realization* Man, I really need to hire a stunt double for myself for future accident-related events.

So, enough pain for one weekend. Let’s bring on some pleasure, shall we?

On Sunday afternoon, I limped across the parking lot of my local Warren Theater to meet a friend to see a movie together. Yep, that was a gold medal effort, my friends.

My mood immediately improved when our server delivered my steaming hot platter of nachos.

Appetite satisfied.

Even better, I’m happy to say that Suicide Squad didn’t disappoint in the least!

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

OMG, I’m SO IN LOVE with Margot Robbie and her portrayal of Harley Quinn!

She. Is. Amazing.

*Mic drop*

Is it weird that when I start dating again, I’d love to have my very own Harley Quinn waiting in the wings for me?

Yeah, probably. Moving on.

Jared Leto as The Joker.

Jared Leto as The Joker.

I was particularly impressed with Jared Leto’s performance of The Joker. After Heath Ledger’s portrayal in The Dark Knight, anyone who took on the role of Joker was bound to face a daunting task. Jared Leto did NOT disappoint. He did a wonderful job at presenting another variant personality to the big screen for such an iconic villain. (Interesting enough Heath Ledger and Jared Leto shared a trait in being method actors, where they immersed themselves fully into a character while they were shooting their films.) Even better, the royalty of comic villain couples shared impressive and palpable chemistry together when they appeared on screen. Leto and Robbie are either very happy working together, or they are simply gifted actors who put up a believable front. I would love to see a Harley Quinn/ Joker helmed film in the future with these two amazing actors reprising their roles!

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

Hats off to Viola Davis who did an outstanding job portraying Amanda Waller, the epitome of organized government evil, if ever it could be embodied in one character. In watching Davis’ performance, one easily believes that such characters exist in key positions of our government today. *shiver*

Will Smith as Deadshot.

Will Smith as Deadshot.

Of course, Will Smith did an admirable job as the famous DC villain, Deadshot. He brought a level of compassion to the character through his love for his young daughter. It humanized his character nicely, and Smith is such a gifted actor that he adds to the character’s appreciation.

The other actors did admirable work, as well, including James McGowan as machine gun-wielding Panda Man. *pausing to chuckle* Sorry, but you get used to random villains dressing up in all manner of outfits as they spread their mayhem across the screen. Naturally, Panda Man is one of the Joker’s many thugs. Seriously though, the rest of the cast did a very good job, though I won’t go into further detail about them in this post. Suffice to say, there is a healthy compliment of characters to reprise if there are future Suicide Squad films.

If you love good music in your movies, the film’s soundtrack doesn’t disappoint, either.

As soon as I returned home, I purchased the Suicide Squad soundtrack and immediately uploaded it to my iPhone. There are some EXCELLENT songs on that soundtrack, my friends!

My favorites include: Heathens by Twenty One Pilots, Sucker for Pain (very appropriate for me this weekend!) by Lil Wayne, Wiz Kalifa, & Imagine Dragons, Wreak Havoc by Skylar Grey, Medieval Warfare by Grimes, Gangsta by Kehlani,, and Panic at the Disco’s impressive version of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Have you seen the film yet? If so, drop me a line and let me know how you liked it. Oh, and if you like the soundtrack, be sure to say so, too.

Until later, enjoy life; be kind to those around you, and Happy Reading! Peace.