“Suicide Squad” stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Ezra Miller, Viola Davis and Ben Affleck. “Fury” and “Sabotage” director David Ayer directs this new DC universe story that shows a secret government agency that recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for clemency. This “Suicide Squad” must band together and stop the mystical witch known as the Enchantress before she destroys the world. The Suicide Squad packs all of their comic book origins and compiles them up into a fun Anti-Avengers type film, similar to that of “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“Suicide Squad” was a majority of people’s most anticipated film of the year. The marketing for this movie has been so perfect and fun, and after the mixed to negative reception of “Batman v Superman” people were crossing their fingers that “Suicide Squad” would deliver. However the reviews started to come in and people have been trashing the film, mostly the critics, even more so than “Batman v Superman.” “Suicide Squad” was my most anticipated film this year next to “Rogue One” and I had high expectations. Now I loved “Batman v Superman” and I was curious into how “Suicide Squad” would play out. So now that I’ve seen the movie, I have to say that I had a really good time with this one. Is “Suicide Squad” a really good movie? No, but it was fun, and entertaining as heck.
The strongest part of “Suicide Squad” was the team themselves. The film goes through this hyper meta musical montage that introduces all of the characters and it was visually fun and stylish and seeing how the characters came together was such a blast. Will Smith and Margot Robbie were really good here, and after seeing their chemistry in “Focus,” I was sold on these two. I am not the biggest Will Smith fan, but sometimes he just crushes it and he does here. Margot Robbie nailed it as Harley Quinn, truly embodying and representing the DC character. She was the biggest standout here and was the prefect casting choice. Ben Affleck’s role as Batman was small but it was a really cool sequence that was perfectly placed in the film. And Jai Courtney really surprised me as Captain Boomerang, adding a lot of really funny dialogue and humor to the story. And Viola Davis was another perfect casting choice playing Amanda Waller. She is cunning, evil and deceitful and her character development was intriguing.
Some other great things about “Suicide Squad” that I should note are the action sequences. David Ayer really knows how to direct good action and that’s all “Suicide Squad” is. It’s really quirky, stylish and fun action with cool characters that make those sequences matter. The visual effects, for the most part were really well done minus some shots of the villain and her whirlwind glowing thingymajig that just looked like gobblygook. But otherwise the effects were cool and the action was fun and pure escapism. There was also some nice sprinkles into future DC films, more so with Batman and the Flash which were kind of exciting. But it truly was the team dynamic that made “Suicide Squad” so enjoyable. And the character of Diablo; wow. Let’s just say he was one of the best members of the team. That’s all I will say.
As far as negatives go, I had some issues with the movie. First off, I didn’t mind the villain being Enchantress. But what I didn’t understand was her motivations behind her actions. Her character development really made no sense to me and I didn’t really buy the reason the Suicide Squad was going after her. The actual plot of the movie had a ton of holes and certain sections of the film made no sense story wise. And I think that was “Suicide Squad’s” major flaw. This story was kind of dumb, and the mission that these villains undertake is sort of lame and uninteresting. Another big criticism that I had was Jared Leto as the new DC iteration of the Joker. Look I’m all for new and different iterations of Joker as a character. I have no problem with that. And I thought Jared Leto’s performance was well done and you could tell that he really got into the film. Leto and Robbie really captured the spirit of the Harley and Joker relationship, like the animated Batman series and comics. But for whatever reason, Leto just didn’t feel like the Joker. He is portrayed more like a rich, good-looking but freakish mob boss. He wears bling and has the silver teeth, probably being knocked out by Batman. But I don’t know, I can’t really put my finger on this new Joker. I didn’t really like it. You can’t compare it to Ledger’s Joker, not for a second. But what I wanted was to see another telling of Joker and we got that but it just wasn’t the Joker. I can’t judge it too harshly because Joker is only in the film for about 7 minutes so I will give it a semi-pass for now. I want to see how Leto interacts with Affleck in the solo Batman film. Then I will judge it but as of right now it’s not working for me.
“Suicide Squad” wasn’t the film that I was expecting nor hoping for and it wasn’t the big bang that Warner Brothers hoped it would be. But I still enjoyed the movie quite a bit and I loved the chemistry of the supervillain team. The word is that there are two different cuts of the film with a longer and darker one looming on the blu ray horizon. I want to see that film. Seeing as how “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was black and white different, I have a feeling “Suicide Squad” might be the same when out of DVD. “Suicide Squad” is harmless fun that dives deeper into the DC cinematic universe and it starts planting more of those seeds leading up to a Batman solo film and “Justice League.” Should audiences see this film? Yes, absolutely. It may be big, silly and dumb, but my gosh was it a fun ride of crazy.