I’ve never looked into doing a trailer review before, however my boyfriend suggested it and it seemed like a good idea – so here’s a review of a trailer for something admittedly a little bit different to what I would normally go to watch; DC’s Suicide Squad.
If, like me you’re almost completely oblivious to the comic-book worlds of Marvel and DC (almost!), Suicide Squad is essentially DC’s way of doing some major character development for the villains that feature in their comics. Some are already quite well-known amongst the general public such as the Joker (Jared Leto), who’s known for being Batman’s nemesis in the city of Gotham. However this feature sets out to expand the DC universe further, by introducing to mainstream audiences characters; Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc, Katana, Slipknot and El Diablo. Don’t worry if you’re confused with all these different characters, their relevance will become clearer as you read this post – besides some of the characters are explained in an easier, more humorous way throughout this trailer.
Anyway – first let’s take a look at the actual trailer;
Straight away the trailer captured both my and the audience’s attention by its choice of music; Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. This is a key part of the trailer’s structure, as the majority of the shots are paced in time with the music. In my opinion the choice of music is what sets this trailer up to be as good as it is, it’s a perfect anticipation-building soundtrack. The first part of the trailer begins much like a standard feature film; introducing the characters and a vague introduction of the plot.
“I wanna assemble a taskforce of the most dangerous people on the planet”
After this we hear a voiceover, this voiceover makes it clear to audience members who aren’t as knowledgeable of the comics, who exactly everyone is and why they’re classified as ‘dangerous’. This is shortly followed by a comedic sequence starring ‘Harley Quinn’ seemingly talking to ‘the voices’ in her head (or is she?). Here – perfectly timed might I add – the pace changes. As Queen begin to up their pace and sing “Bismillah! No, we will not let you go!”, the visuals become much more action-packed and violent. By this point I was completely hooked and I was going to see Suicide Squad this August no matter what.
After Queen finish yelling “NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!” in our faces, the visuals go black and then the villain we’ve all been waiting for is finally revealed. The Joker playfully says to his victim “I can’t wait to show you my toys”, as the audience sit here telling ourselves we cannot wait to see this film and see how Leto will portray the king of all super villains.
This point is where the soundtrack really builds, we’re shown explosions between each (Beelzebub has a devil put aside) “for me”, followed by the clicks and shunts of weaponry as the squad prepare for battle (which is more like chaos). The most epic part of the trailer follows, as Queen launch into their guitar solos whilst we’re shown shot after shot of battles and overall destruction.
Finally to finish off the trailer another comedic sequence featuring Harley Quinn (who is set to be one of the fans’ main interests of the feature), she casually smashes in a shop window and steals a pretty-looking silver purse. She therefore sums up her actions and the trailer with “we’re bad guys, it’s what we do”.
So there you have it – my breakdown of the second Suicide Squad trailer, a trailer I did not expect to affect me as much as it has, but I will most definitely be buying a ticket to see this feature at my local cinema in the summer. Let me know what you think of my trailer review and if I should do more posts similar to this in the future. Thanks for reading 🙂