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Suicide Squad (2016)

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Suicide Squad – Film Review

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtenay, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevigne, Scott Eastwood, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Director: David Ayer

Synopsis: A group of criminals are recruited into Task Force X to run covert missions for the government in exchange for time off their prison sentences, and when the world comes under threat, they must unite to save the world.

Review: It has been hard to ignore the rise in prominence and popularity that comic book movies had enjoyed in recent years. Yet so often with these movies it’s a tale of good going against bad. Yet this trend has for the most part been abandoned this year, with Marvel’s heroes turning on each other, and DC’s flagship characters going head to head. Now DC, who it could be argued has some of the best villains in comic books, now rips up that formula even more. This time it’s not good vs bad, it’s bad vs evil as writer and director David Ayer presents as the movie’s tagline states: the “Worst. Heroes. Ever.”

In a world post Batman and Superman’s tussle, people seem to be afraid that the next person who possesses superhuman abilities might not be so friendly as the Man of Steel. So, government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) creates Task Force X or as she puts it “A team of very bad people who I think can do some good.” Leading the line up for this team is Will Smith as Deadshot, a lethal assassin who is always on target. Next on the roster is Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, the significant other of the Joker, who like her “puddin” is just flat out crazy but a lot of fun to watch.

These two are the main players in this squad, but they are aided well by Jai Courtenay’s Captain Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as the beastly Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as the lethal Katana and Joel Kinnaman as the team’s leader Rick Flagg. While it would have been great to see Tom Hardy play the role, Kinnaman brings steel and grit to the role, showing he won’t take any nonsense from the team.

All of the team play their roles well but the leading lights by far are that of Robbie as Harley and Smith as Deadshot, with the former stealing the show on more than a few occasions. but Davis is also on top form, although her methods do leave a lot to be desired. Of course, there is the small matter of Jared Leto’s Joker. Following the brilliance of Heath Ledger was always going to be a tough act to follow but Leto impresses in the role, and he more than looks the part as the Crown Prince of Crime. Yet his role in the film is minimal which is undeniably frustrating. Cara Delevigne completes the roster as the mysterious Enchantress, a lady who is harbouring some very dark secrets.

In the wake of the misfire that was Batman V Superman, Ayer had the unenviable task of steering the DC universe out of the doldrums in the wake of Marvel’s continuing dominance of the market. The script is a little bit choppy and uneven in places. Certain characters could have been better fleshed out, as such character development for some characters is very thin on the ground. Yet for those that have that character development, it is very interesting to watch. Ayer also helms the action scenes excellently, with some scenes being tremendously impressive, although some scenes are somewhat choppily edited. The score by Oscar winner Steven Price is also first class and does help get the blood pumping, which is also aided by a great soundtrack. The real villain here (no spoilers!) was undeniably creepy and on the whole did a very good job in presenting a force for the squad to tackle.

After the negative reaction that greeted Batman V Superman, fans must have wondered if it would have been a fatal blow to the DCEU before it has even got going. This latest offering has also had a less than kind critical reaction, yet it is by far the best DCEU movie we have so far. The board is set and the pieces are moving at long last, and with a solo Harley Quinn reportedly in development, don’t be surprised to see the squad reunite for more madness later on down the line.

A few script issues and the lack of character development and screen time for certain characters is undeniably a bummer, but there is more than enough for DC fans to sink their teeth into and enjoy.


6 thoughts on “Suicide Squad (2016)

  1. Well I don’t agree at all, this movie is just a mess to begin with only the first half of the movie saving it from being a unwatchable.

    Lets start with the characters:

    Captain boomerang while one of the stars in the movie, being well played by Jay courtney. He never gets a moment to shine with his boomerang which is just silly. The whole movie they were teasing his boomerang for him to only use them as a drone,WTF?
    Then when he leaves the bar as an asshole not wanting to help anybody and then comes back 5mn later, ready to die for the tea; it doesn’t make any sense. Why would he come back willing to fight? His character motivation in the end doesn’t make sense at all.

    Then we have diablo who also sacrifices himself because he considers the other teammates his family, also why would he do that, just because harley kissed him on the cheek once….
    Again not a character motivation earned here.

    As for Croc, he gets no backstory or character motivation at all, also don’t know why he is willing to sacrifice himself in the end.

    Finally the joker is probably the most disappointing part of this movie with him being out of character in the comics by being traded from an anarchic devil to a romantic mobster. And when he tries to play the joker, it feels like jared leto trying to play jim carey, trying to play the mask trying to play the joker. Also he disappears after the helicopter crash not knowing where he went and only reappearing out of the blue in the end to save harley from prison which he could have done from the beginning.

    As for the villain, from her horrible bland relationship to rick flag to her shitty goals, weird belly dance, horrible acting and WTF brother god, lets just not go there.

    Also weirdly, the villains were not villains in the movie with deadshot and diablo feeling more like heroes compare to waller in this movie. What’s the point of making a movie about villains if you are not going to portray villains.

    As for the story, it is quite bad, with 3 helicopter crashes (the team, joker and harley, waller) in less than 30 mn showing that they didn’t even know what they were going to talk about.
    A story that also feels very very simple in it’s execution. and as for the editing, let’s just not go there. A movie also that feels like it’s just following the music best off to make us not think of what a shitty movie it is.

    So I just want to se you explain your A-.

    If you want a better suicide squad movie and what it should have looked like, just watch: Batman: Assault on Arkham.

    Now that’s what a suicide squad movie should have been like.

    1. Nick, if you read my review you’ll understand why I gave it an A-, I address its problems such as choppy editing in parts and the lack of character development and screen time for certain characters. But Harley and Deadshot in particular were excellently portrayed, the story is decent, action is exciting, villain was decent and was certainly better than a fair few of the MCU ones. And on the point of villains, not being villains, that’s the point. They are villains but with the world at stake, they have to become heroes, hence the movie’s tagline “Worst. Heroes. Ever.” It is by no means a perfect movie and is certainly not the best superhero movie out there, but as I said I stand by my opinion that it is a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to watching the DCEU develop.

  2. I hear you, but you’ve really got to check out “Batman:Assault on Arkham” just to see how much fun and packed with good quality can come from a suicide squad movie in contrast to the one we got two weeks ago. You won’t be disappointed!

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