| A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.
I wanted to like this movie. I really really did. So no matter what you accuse me of after this, I am a big DC universe fan and really wanted to see them finally find some footing like in the Nolan days. Sadly this movie was a huge let down (huge may even be an understatement). The first act is all one giant spoon fed exposition as we have only a few of the casts backstories jammed down our throats. The rest of them are left one dimensional and they never feel more real than cartoons. A good film doesn’t need to spend so much time shoveling out exposition. Look at (and I know I’m going to get burned alive for this by fanboys) Guardians Of The Galaxy. That movie just did such a great job creating rich characters, each earning their time on screen, who’s chemistry with each other was electric that you got everything that you needed to know about them.
The threat in the film is way too supernatural and cartoony (and far to familiar) to fit the gritty dark world surrounding it. It’s amazing how many possibilities they could have taken with those villains at their disposal, and thinking that this was the best they could do is pretty baffling. I recommend you to watch Assault on Arkham which is an DC animated movie from 2014 with the actual Suicide Squad. Put that animated movie next to this, and it wins the Oscar for Best Picture.
The action has it’s moments but it’s also pretty repetitive at times. Sure there was some moments that I enjoyed. It’s just as a whole the movie was a let down. The cameos were fun.. I guess. Even the music, which throws in everything from rap to classic pop, is excruciatingly literal-minded. The entire movie felt like a giant advertisement to buy the soundtrack with how often songs were forced in, especially in the first act.
So this is normally where I write one of my favourite quotes of the movie. So… yeah…
Look, I enjoy films as a hobby and as a job, but I also love comic books and its world and characters, so you can say I’m biased towards comic book movies by giving them high ratings if they are a lot of fun to watch, but especially if their well made. But I couldn’t help but cringe and shake my head several times during this film. The screenplay was generally poor, the dialogue lacked substance nor importance or assisted in adding depth to the characters.
Will Smith is great at playing Will Smith. He’s as charismatic as ever and definitely adds some fun moments. However he is NOT Deadshot and portrays the character far more as a redeemable hero than he is meant to be. Margot Robbie delivers and stays true as Harley Quinn. This also counts for Jay Hernandez as El Diablo. The three of them were the few things that the movie kind of delivers on. Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang is fun, but under used. I kept forgetting that Killer Croc was in this movie. Same for the rest of the cast that does okay, but with 0 depth to their characters. And the villain, I won’t even start about that…sorry (hint: It’s not the Joker as it was advertised).
Jared Leto as the Joker … oh man, where oh where did you go wrong? This is the first cinematic version of the character that falls flat (hard). He brings nothing memorable or interesting to the character. With how much he was hyped, with his method acting and claims about how terrifying he was on set, I definitely expected more. True, his screen time is minimal, but the second you saw the other Jokers that’s all you needed to know and they turned iconic. Leto’s joker didn’t get even close. I expected so much more from him and now I’m very unenthusiastic of him appearing in future films.
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall. Uninspired and unmemorable. It’s not going to do much to help establish the DCEU. They really need ‘Wonder Woman’ to be something special to pull this Cinematic Universe out of this state of just being “OK” (or not even OK). Let me put it like this; seeing ‘Suicide Squad’ made me realize that Batman v Superman wasn’t so bad after all. There I said it….
‘Suicide Squad’ gets a 4.5/10.
PS. Yes, I was very displeased with the movie, hence on how this review was written (unedited).
PPS. These tweets explains exactly what’s wrong with film studios these days. Check it out here.
PPPS. Cara Delevingne using her powers as Enchantress in Suicide Squad. I was laughing so loud in the theater when I saw this…