DIRECTOR: David Ayer
WRITER: David Ayer
CAST: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Scott Eastwood, Jim Parrack, Ike Barinholtz, Corina Calderon, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Common
Suicide Squad is the third installment to the DC Extended Universe, after the aftermath of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman no longer exist in this world and due to the event of his death and the fear that still exist when it comes to meta-humans like him, the government under the leadership of Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis, under a secret government agency, assembles a group of criminals and meta-human called the Task Force X, who are government’s back up escape goats and are sent out for suicidal mission, that comes sooner than what they anticipated when an uncontrollable force hits Midway City and the government has to send out the Task Force X on a mission that none of them wants to be apart of.
- The main story of the Task Force X and how Waller ends up capturing them, with flash backs as a way to tell the story of their previous lives was nicely done.
- The majority of the characters were very likable, to likable, to passable. Can’t say there was a character that felt “quite vexing”. Characters like Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Diablo (Jay Hernandez) utilize as best as screen time gave them time to and it work for what it was worth.
- While Will Smith as Deadshot was a standout in the film, he carried this movie in many ways, much like how Deadshot does in the comics. Smith came through with the entertainment by having some of the best moments and lines in the film, next to that of Harley Quinn.
- Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, seriously want to type this all out in caps lock simply to be able to emphasize how amazing she was in the film. Anyone who’s familiar with the character beyond the animate series from the 90’s and are fans of the character of every version, will quickly recognize that Robbie greatly did her homework when it came to the role, she even got the accent right! There’s no doubt she’ll become a fan favorite.
- Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was the next to best casting next to Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, she played the role perfectly and showed she did her homework on the character as she pulled the scary menacing characterizes that Waller is known for perfectly.
- Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, he had a few great laughable moments in the trailer, but it was a bit unexpected and surprising for it to carry on as much as did into the film and having it actually really work. He was most definitely was a highlight of the film when it came to the comedic relief, as his moments helped lighten up moments when needed be.
- Speaking of lighting up moments, this film had a fair amount of it with the humor in the film, with the majority of the characters having their time to shine with the laughs and fun.
- The other standout of the film was the action sequences, which the film had a lot of that were very engaging to watch.
- Visually the film was fantastic to look at, there wasn’t crazy amount of CGI used in the film throughout majority of the film, but when it was, it was clean. There was also a lot practical effects that worked nicely with the CGI, like with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc.
- With the visual also comes the music, which the film had a great soundtrack of old classic rock songs, mix with current music, to that really set the mood for many of the scenes, while the original soundtrack had it’s moment to shine during key moments.
- For any major DC fans there’s a lot to bite into, as there’s moments where you’ll geek out and find yourself wanting to high-five random people around you. Such things being the cameos seen in the film and a few quick shot of The Joker and Harley Quinn, that if you’re a fan of the artist Alex Ross, it’ll make you want to jump out of your seat with excitement. David Ayer definitely wanted to pander to the hardcore DC fan with the film.
- The Joker’s screen time wasn’t what was led on to be believe of him. Actor Jared Leto went through a lot to become the The Joker, appearance and character wise. Top that off with the overall marketing for the film, it was jarring to see so little of the character, to the point of noticing moments that were filmed and even shown in the trailer of the character, not appear whatsoever in the movie. Granted the movie is called “Suicide Squad” and The Joker was never apart of the team in the comic book series. But with all the hype surrounding the character leading up to the release, audience members are going to be led to believe one thing, when the reality of it is different. There’s also the issue that there’s so little of him shown, that forming an honest opinion on his performance is almost feels impossible to do, due to not having the opportunity to have a real grasps of it. But what was shown of it, does leave you wanting more.
- The main villain of the film was lackluster to say the least. Sadly wasn’t very memorable, which only becomes worrisome when looking at the future of the DC Extended Universe and what this character can mean down the line if they were to appear again in another feature film. It just felt very generic, something that other comic book films have been accused of doing with their villains and it was disappointing for it to happen as well in Suicide Squad.
- Cara Delevingne as June Moone / Enchantress and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flags were two of the passable characters. Being a fan of Delevingne it’s hard to say this, but she was the one of weakest among the actors and her character was a hit and miss at times. While the romance subplot with Kinnaman as Flag felt very unnecessary, as it felt like it was only put in place to give the Flag character substance and a reason to lead the Task Force into the craziness that was taking place in Midway City, when his reasoning to lead the Task Force at every point should simply be because he’s a soldier, sent on a mission.
Overall what makes Suicide Squad great are the main leading characters and how much fun the movie is, there’s most definitely more positive than negative when it comes to it, that regardless how weak some of the story elements and characters are or the lack of a character, you as a fan will end up not caring and having a good time with the film, because the things that worked, REALLY WORKED!