Review: Here we are. The end of what turned out to be a very lackluster summer movie season. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that thought Suicide Squad was going to end the summer with a bang. With a great director(David Ayer), a great cast, and a bunch of great trailers – it was only right that our expectations were high. Maybe even a little too high. After finally watching Suicide Squad, I am happy to tell you that it doesn’t suck. However – it’s not the great movie we(or I) was expecting.
Right from the start of the film, we learn that this story does in fact take place after Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. We see the funeral(from BvS) and shirts that say “Remember”. I purposely didn’t say who’s funeral just incase you haven’t seen BvS, but come on – it came out last March. You should know who I’m talking about by now. We see Amanda Weller(Viola Davis) then give a backstory for each member of the Suicide Squad while pitching the idea of Task Force X.
We also see how a lot of them got captured(*cough* Batman *cough*). The two characters with the most backstory have to be Deadshot(Will Smith) and Harley Quinn(Margot Robbie). I just have to say THANK GOD the two characters were played by the them because they 100% delivered. Don’t worry though, this isn’t the Will Smith show as many believed – but he is somewhat the leader of the Squad outside of Rick Flag. Margot Robbie may have been one of the most perfect casting choices in history as Harley Quinn. She had the look, the attitude, and most importantly the voice down. I don’t see her getting her own spin-off, but I have a feeling we have not seen the last of her.
Another character who stole the show was El Diablo(Jay Hernandez). Not only did he have a great backstory as well, the man went OFF during some scenes. It was a beautiful sight. Everybody else was good enough in their roles. Yes, even you Jai Courtney. The villain(who I won’t ruin) came off as very generic. Not only was the villain a dud, but the villain’s army was so generic that it felt like I was watching a movie based on the zombie mode in Call of Duty. But we did get a great action scene of Deadshot fighting a whole bunch of them(the audience went crazy for that).
So by now, you know that I was a fan of the acting in the movie. The storyline itself was decent, but it was the corny one liners that I had a problem with. Remember when Suicide Squad went under reshoots(which is normal), but the rumors were that the studio did it to add more humor? Yes BvS was very dark, but for some reason I feel like the dark tone would have worked here. We’re dealing with villains. Are there some funny parts? Of course. But the one liners are just really, really bad. You can see that Warner Bros. and DC wanted this to be their Guardians of the Galaxy. But unlike Guardians – it didn’t have the perfect blend of comedy, action, and story. It was somewhat of a mess. At least the choice of music was very good. Hey, the soundtrack was great…just like Guardians.
Alright – the moment you have all been waiting for. Time to talk about Jared Leto’s Joker. Easily the character that everybody was waiting for, and most likely one of the main reasons you guys will be watching this movie once it hits theaters. First off, I am a fan of Jared Leto’s take on the Clown Prince. I’m really hoping that the next Batman movie has Ben Affleck taking on Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. The problem with his appearance in this movie is that it is very short. I felt like we only seen him for a total of 10 minutes(which was probably 20) out of an almost 2 hour movie. The main reason The Joker is in the movie is for Harley Quinn’s story, and nothing else. The chemistry between Leto and Robbie is INSANE. It did feel good to see Joker and Harley together for the first time on the big screen. It would have been wiser to show him at the very end and give us a full Batman movie with him being the villain though.
Would I recommend seeing Suicide Squad? Yes I would. The movie visualy looks stunning and like I said earlier, the soundtrack rocks. Add in David Ayer and the stellar ensemble cast and it’s far from a bad movie. It was just kind of a mess. But that’s what happens in movies with a ton of characters. At the end of the day – it just didn’t live up to my own hype. Walking in I was hoping it’d be on par with Captain America: Civil War, but even though it didn’t come close – it’s still a decent watch. Also, yes – it makes me excited for the future of DC movies. Especially the upcoming Batman film. I will be giving Suicide Squad a 6/10.