Suicide Squad is a valiant effort to inject some optimism into the DCEU (DC Extended Universe). It does… to a certain extent with its considerably lighter tone compared to previous entries in the DCEU, not so much of a brighter environment to say the least. But it isn’t enough to save a clusterf**k train of the second and third act from crashing into a bigger muddled shitshow in the end. Plot holes are aplenty in this film and it feels as though there is a crap ton of deleted footage which didn’t see the light of day, that is the theatrical version as evident from the cutting which left much to be desired.
For me, the best way to describe the storyline would be inefficient. In the real world, the government is the epitome of inefficiency as universally known. It would go about solving a problem by going through one big loop when there is a straighter and more direct path which it can take and that is the problem which is holding back Suicide Squad. Instead of taking us en route to defeating the villain’s side baddies and ultimately the big boss, it brings us on a bewildering journey of saving characters, side plots and random action sequences (no spoiler) which completely deviates from the entire plot. I don’t even know what the point of all that was as it didn’t help me understand better the motives of characters and more.
I can’t say a lot about the Enchantress because it’ll spoil the film for those reading but know that she ruined the film for me. Absolutely one dimensional and mundane with belly dancing and hula hooping to go with it. How I wish I could find a f**k to give about her. Unfortunately, I found none.
The above situation is similar with the character Slipknot. His superhuman power consists of using a grappling hook. By the time you finish reading this sentence, he will be gone with the wind.
The first act of the film actually showed a lot of promise. It does an excellent job of letting us have a glimpse of the characters’ backstory and how they ended up in prison. Some sweet cameos and easter eggs for people to buzz over. Seeing the squad gear up and get back into doing what they are best at was spine-tingling.
I think it is to be expected that there will be characters who will not be showered with so much attention and thus not much building of their character given that there are ten personalities to be delved into. This is also the first time we would be seeing them on screen. But those who were chosen for some form of humanization were solid. Deadshot and Harley Quinn nailed it and they were the best things about the movie.
Other than being kickass, Will Smith and Margot Robbie really embody their respective characters. Will Smith brought his charisma and humour to Deadshot which is very much needed given the grim tone of previous DCEU efforts. His displayed skill set is second to none given his name. Margot Robbie’s HARLEY QUINN, holy shit. She was made for this character. Everything I wanted from the cinematic portrayal of Harley. The over the top craziness, the sexiness and those notable one liners she always says, OHHH MR J!!! BATSY BATSY BATSY!!! It made me smile ear to eat hearing those lines executed so perfectly in that maniacal Harley Quinn voice. If I’d ever have a psychotic girlfriend, please let it be Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
ON TO THE JOKER. My friends asked me, ‘Hey did you like the Joker?’ I told them it is not that I didn’t like the Joker. I wasn’t given enough time to like and appreciate him. It’s not rocket science. The character people are going to look forward to seeing when entering the cinema is Jared Leto’s THE JOKER. The questions everyone are asking, ‘IS HE BETTER THAN HEATH LEDGER’, ‘WHAT IS HIS JOKER LIKE’, ‘IS HE GONNA SUCK BECAUSE OF THOSE INCORRIGIBLE TATS’. I’m going to disappoint everyone now by saying his appearance, let alone his influence in the film is very minimal. I can’t think of any standout awe-inspiring Joker scene in the show. There is no interview scene like in The Dark Knight, no magic tricks. However, Leto’s Joker is by no means flawed whatsoever. I liken him to the Jack Nicholson Joker and Heath Ledger Joker blended together. The best of both worlds. The notorious gangster and the demented madman. It’ll be intriguing to see what more he has in stored for us given the recent spate of controversy surrounding his screen time. I’m sure this won’t be the last of him.
Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller is perfect. Uncompromising in her work and no nonsense in the supervillains she is dealing with. She dominates the room when she’s on and you can see that very distinctly when she works. She owns the superhuman world and if you were a meta, you wouldn’t want to be screwing around with her. She would be the Nick Fury of the DCEU. *enter post credits scene*.
Soundtrack is awesome. It adds another level of energy to the already somewhat dynamic and spirited theme.
In the end, Suicide Squad boasting a star studded ensemble cast with out-of-comic-book performances as well as cool cameos simply cannot cover up the film’s deficiencies in its wayward storyline. If I were the perfect and entirely unbiased site that is ROTTEN TOMATOES, I would give Suicide Squad a high 50%
But don’t listen to my shudder inducing, clichéd and totally unprofessional opinion. Who the hell am I. Please, please go watch it for yourself and form your own opinion. Support the DC Universe so we can have more Batfleck.
Directed by: David Ayer (Fury, Sabotage, End of Watch)
Written by: David Ayer
Based on: Characters from DC Comics
Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevinge, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood
Running time: 123 minutes
Genre: Fantasy/Science fiction