Suicide Sqad getting a bad rap but I liked it?
It’s taken me a while (a week) but I finally got round to seeing Suicide Squad and despite the mixed reviews from many different sources/mainly critics, I had a real good time. This is no masterpiece but I didn’t expect it to be. I expected it to be an entertaining popcorn fest and that is exactly what we got. I don't often write reviews and wouldn't call this a review either. Just a quick recap on the things I like and the things I didn't. This is for anyone that has seen the movie, not to be read if you don't want any spoilers.
I thought Jared Leto as Joker was fantastic. He bought the intensity and charisma you would expect. We did not see Joker face off against Batman which I would also consider a good thing. This movie got me really excited to see Batman face his arch-nemesis but ultimately I would prefer to wait until it can be really fleshed out in a solo Batman movie which should be happening anytime soon.
Margot Robbie embodies the crazy badassery of Harley Quinn perfectly and although we only see a few flashback sequences explaining her origin, we get the character and what her true motivations are, especially by the end of the movie. The on screen version of the character is pretty loyal to the Mad Love story by Paul Dini and we even see Harley Quinn in her classic comicbook/animation costume albeit very briefly.
This is pretty much a Deadshot movie. Will Smith’s character is a gun for hire who has never killed women or children. I guess this was contrived so that we could identify with the character which I have no problem with at all. In an effort to humanise the character further we learn that he has a daughter and as the movie progresses it becomes clear that this is pretty much the only reason Deadshot does the things he does. At least that’s what I got from it. I am just happy to see Smith in a summer popcorn movie once again and feel this role is well suited. We got the usual Will Smith charm that we have come to expect from him over the past few decades.
The movie has a great soundtrack but does sail dangerously close to music video territory. I think the soundtrack must be a double CD release. Do they still sell CD’s? There are some really good tracks in the movie and most fit well with the story.
This is Jai Courtney’s best ever movie and provides much of the comic relief. Most of the scenes were given away in the trailers but all the same, it was still good to see them in context. We don’t learn too much about the character other than he has robbed every bank in Australia, some more than once and moves to America for a fresh challenge. Flash catches Captain Boomerang red handed and then promptly disappears from the movie not to be seen again during the movies two hour running time. I did not expect to see Flash in this movie and although the scene was short it was definitely sweet.
As with almost every film there are some flaws with Suicide Squad.
Amanda Waller is portrayed as a really devious, manipulative and murderous government agent. I must admit I don’t know too much about the comicbook character but I felt some of her actions in the film were added just to say “see, the bad guys aren’t so bad, in fact they are probably better than some of the good guys”. I get it, I didn’t need it rammed down my throat and would have preferred to have seen more from say the Batman which brings me on to my next point.
Where is the Batman? I never thought that we would see much of the caped crusader in Suicide Squad but given that he features in the start of the movie, in flashback form and we know that he is still alive. Where is he when it’s all kicking off? I appreciated that they mentioned the death of Superman but nobody even mentioned the obvious exclusion of the Bat. A quick one liner explaining that he is off recruiting the Justice League or that he has disappeared since Superman’s death would have sufficed.
The main villains of the film were pretty weak, even by comicbook movie standards and their intention is not really clear. I think they wanted to kill the world because humankind turned their back on them?! Does that mean they were once good or at least worshipped? I missed that if anyone can kindly fill me in.
There are not too many things I would have changed and as I said I was really entertained by the movie in the way I expected/hoped. This is the third movie in the DC movie world and although I am not a DC fanboy I have enjoyed all of them, for the most part. Yes even Batman V Superman in its own way. Since reviewing BVS when the movie was released and even after seeing this movie I maintain that the DC movie universe will be elevated by seeing the whole cinematic universe played out. The team are using non-linear story-telling in a way that I think will make much more sense in the long run.
Will Smith - Deadshot
Viola Davis - Amanda Wallerdavid ayer
Jai Courtney - Captain Boomerang
Jay Hernandez - Diablo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Killer Croc
Cara Delevingne - June Moon/Enchantress
Joel Kinnaman - Rick Flagg
David Ayer - Director/Writer
Bruce Franklin - Associate Producer
Andy Horwitz - Co-producer
Geoff Johns - Executive Producer
Steven Mnuchin - Executive Producer
Alex Ott - Co-producer
Charles Roven - Produced By
Deborah Snyder - Executive Producer
Zack Snyder - Executive Producer
Richard Suckle - Produced By
Colin Wilson - Executive Producer