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Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

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Directed by: David Ayer

Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Karen Fukuhara

**NON-SPOILER REVIEW**

 Suicide Squad is hotly tipped to be one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters. It’s a unique take on traditional comic book movies where the focus will be centred on the villains and what a cast of villains you’ve got here! You really do have the ‘worst of the worst’ as Amanda Waller describes in the trailer.

Like Batman v Superman, this film has generated a ton of negative reviews. Hey, I liked Batman v Superman. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but the criticism is way over the top.

The fallout of Superman’s death has made people come to terms that they’re all expendable. Just what would people do if a Superman terrorist was to attack Earth? Amanda Waller (Davis), a U.S. intelligence officer, decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains with nothing to lose for a top-secret mission in exchange for reduced prison sentences. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful villain, while the Joker (Jared Leto) has his own agenda.

 

Dear critics, what the fuck is wrong with you? This film was awesome!

 

Seriously, Suicide Squad is worth your time. It’s far from a perfect film. The plot isn’t great, but it’s still an entertaining film. It could have been better.

All the cast deserve praise. To me, the whole squad meshed perfectly together and you could sense a real comradery between them all. You know that scene in the trailer where they’re all at the bar? There’s more to it. There’s some dialogue in there that really makes you think, it tugs at the heartstrings and makes you realise that these guys are finally bonding together and starting to care for one another. They’re really beginning to form Task Force X.

Not all of them got proper character developments, that’s the problems when you’ve got like seven characters to juggle around with. The only two who were given the spotlight were Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).  I’ll go into more detail about them and my thoughts on the other characters right now:

 

Slipknot: He’s so irrelevant that he doesn’t get a backstory. He’s described as ‘the guy who can climb anything’. That’s it! Fucking jobber!

Killer Croc: Adewale describes Croc as a ‘cannibal with rage issues’. That’s being polite. Killer Croc is a violent, raged animal with an immense hatred for humanity. The guy is a fucking monster! I like how they’ve gone with makeup as oppose to CGI. I just wished that he got more dialogue, other than growling and looking menacing. Croc still has more to add in this film universe.

Enchantress: Although I liked Cara Delevingne in Paper Towns, I wasn’t too sure about her in this film other than the excuse to dress her up in a skimpy outfit. Her character is entirely misguided. The chemistry between her and Rick Flagg (Kinnaman) is pretty awful.

Rick Flagg: Why was he the heart of the piece? Flagg is a complete cliché. A grunting berk who plays errant boy to Amanda Waller. Imagine how different this character would have been had Tom Hardy remained in the role.

Katana: I liked her. I just didn’t like how she was introduced. She just appeared out of nowhere, and Rick Flagg is like ‘that’s my bodyguard’. There’s this funny scene where Harley Quinn introduces herself to her and Katana just looks on with this sour look on her face. The majority of her dialogue is in Japanese and I have no problem with that, but the problem I do have, like with many other characters in this film, is that she gets lost in the shuffle at times.

Deadshot: Deadshot is a really interesting character with an emotional heart. Unlike other Will Smith films where he’s always over the top and in your face, he takes a step back here and doesn’t steal the limelight from the other cast. He blended in perfectly with the rest of the cast and that was really refreshing to see, especially from Will Smith. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him in future DC films. The only criticism I can give, which is no fault of Will Smith, is that Deadshot is the subject of a ‘save Martha’ moment.

The Joker: Jared Leto must have been under immense pressure to deliver here after taking over the role that Heath Ledger played to perfection. Leto’s Joker isn’t in it that much, he’s almost like a supporting character at best, and that’s common knowledge. It’s a very different take on the Clown Prince and I like what he’s doing with the character. He’s a very vain character who takes pride in his appearance. He dresses well and is covered in gold, much like a fucked up Mr. T. I remember thinking how deceiving the trailers because they make you think that Joker has this big role to play but he doesn’t (there’s actually a ton of scenes from the trailers that are absent from the movie). He pops up and disappears, he disappears for so long that you forget that he’s in the movie. Bottom line, Jared Leto makes a good Joker. I can’t wait to see more of him. This is coming from someone who isn’t a massive Joker fan!

Harley Quinn: I’m pleased to say that Margot Robbie was perfect as Harley Quinn. She is a proper nutjob! You can tell that she’s having a ton of fun with the role. Robbie has mentioned that she drew inspiration from the animated series and you can see similarities between the two. The only problem I have, and it’s a minor one, is her accent. It drifts in and out between her regular Californian accent and her Brooklyn accent. It’s not off-putting, but it is worth sharing. £10 says that a ton of lasses will be dressing up as her for Halloween. There have been rumours for a spin-off Harley Quinn movie with appearances from other female members of the DC universe (Gotham City Sirens, anyone?) and I welcome that. And yes, her classic outfit makes an appearance!

El Diablo: Not going to lie, I’ve never heard of this guy but by God did I feel for him in this film. He’s like Mr. Freeze in the sense that he doesn’t want to be the villain but is forced into it. He’s constantly wrestling with his conscience before giving in to pressure and finally unleashing his powers. Jay Hernandez is excellent at showing remorse for his actions and struggling with his inner demons. Every change is earned and every emotion displayed is authentic.

Captain Boomerang: The best way to describe Boomerang is that the guy is a twat. He’s a first class prick. And you know what? I loved the guy. Yeah, Jai Courtney is one of the standout stars in this film. Who would have thought it, huh? He’s a selfish guy who puts his own motives first, not forgetting bonkers, outrageous and colourful. He’s a far cry from the campy comic book version. He went above and beyond of what was expected of him. Fantastic character.

Amanda Waller: Viola Davis’ performance in Suicide Squad is like what Gal Gadot’s performance was to Batman v Superman. She’s going to make women proud of her performance. She was the best character in the film, and Davis deserves a ton of awards for her performance. Waller operates on a completely different moral plane to the rest of the cast. She’s focused, she’s driven, she’s determined, she’s strong-minded, she’s unflappable, she’s intelligent, she’s guilt free. There’s this scene where she shoots members of her own team because “they weren’t cleared”. It’s moments like that which clearly demonstrate how deep her cold heart goes.

It’s also common knowledge that Batman makes an appearance. It was great to see, I had a smile on my face when he appeared. it was great to see Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight; he truly relishes the role. He loves playing Batman, I love him playing Batman because he’s my favourite on-screen Batman to date. It was great to see him interact with some members of the Suicide Squad, and it was great to see them set up for future films in the DC universe. Like Joker, Batman isn’t in it that much, yet it’s simple and effective.

The Soundtrack is phenomenal. The soundtrack you hear in the trailers is also in the final cut of the movie. I’m not the one to buy movie Soundtracks (only got one, and that’s American Beauty) but I’ll make an exception for Suicide Squad.

A lot of critics talk about how choppy the second and third act of the film is, and I agree. You can tell that some scenes have been cut out from the final cut and I don’t understand why. I really don’t. I didn’t really care too much for the main villain either. The villain just feels very cookie cutter and a cheap trick. If you’ve seen the film then you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

Is the film better than Batman v Superman? In terms of entertainment, yes, but in terms of story, I personally felt BVS had a better story.

The film is fun. There are a lot of comedic moments, even a tearjerker as well, but the final part of the film just didn’t sit right with me. Was the studio under pressure to cut corners? I don’t know, but I’m interested to find out more. The acting was great; the actors knew their characters well. Just a shame some of them were underutilised.

Minus its flaws, I did enjoy Suicide Squad.

I do recommend it.

Rating: **** (Champion)

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