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Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer, and it stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis. It is the third film in the new DC Cinematic Universe that started with Man of Steel back in 2013. In order to prevent rogue metahumans from causing damage, the government, lead by Amanda Waller, forms a team of expendable villains that they can use for any mission they see fit. This team (composed of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, and several others) is sent on a mission they know nothing about to stop something out of their comprehension. As you can imagine, this rag-tag "team" becomes a bit too much for the government to handle.
Suicide Squad is perhaps the most anticipated film of the summer for some people. The marketing for this film has been fantastic, and the introduction of a new Joker played by Jared Leto definitely has people interested. So does Suicide Squad meet any or all expectations?
The best way I can describe Suicide Squad is to compare it to a kid driving for the first time. It begins with a lot of unannounced slamming on the brakes that abruptly stop the car from really going forward. As you get going, this new driver gets more comfortable with the way the vehicle works, and the drive starts to become much smoother and even fun at times. However, there is still the occasional tight turn or slam on the brakes.
I walked out after Suicide Squad had finished with a smile on my face. This is a fun movie, that you can really enjoy...if you're willing to just relax and admit that it has flaws.
Let's start with those. There is a truly entertaining film here. All of the ingredients are there. However, they are unevenly spread and covered up by unnecessarily long flashbacks that it becomes difficult to see that fantastic film at its core. This film jumps right in at the beginning by introducing its characters in an NFL-esque starting line-up montage, filled with descriptions and backstories that could have been slowly fed to the audience throughout the two-hour run-time. However, all of these backstories are given to you right up front, and it makes the film feel abrupt and uncoordinated.
Also, the villain in this film really weighed it down. It seems ironic, in a film based entirely around personifying villains that the antagonist would be a two-dimensional evil witch that whose only goal is to make humanity bow. It's such a cliche villain motivation. Cara Delevigne's performance doesn't help either. It's a by the numbers performance for a typical villain you've seen plenty of times before.
Although it may sound like I'm bashing on this film, I actually really enjoyed it overall. It has some really deep-rooted flaws, but there are a lot of things to like in this film. Particularly, the actual team of the Suicide Squad, and the members that make it up. Will Smith was fantastic in this film, mainly because he wasn't Will Smith. He was Deadshot. Yes, Smith brought his personality to the character, but he still kept the core of the character, and the aspects that make him a criminal. Jai Courtney, who plays Captain Boomerang, was very funny and entertaining. He didn't have a whole lot to do, but he definitely added more enjoyment to this film. Jay Hernandez played El Diablo, and he brought a much-needed sense of humanity to the cast. Many people may walk out of this film with Diablo as their favorite character, deservedly so.
Now onto the couple everyone will be asking about. Margot Robbie and Jared Leto as Harley Quinn and the Joker. Robbie was perfectly cast for the role of Harley Quinn. She really embraced the character and what she is. Her performance brought the quirkiness of Quinn to the forefront; however, she was still somebody you don't want to be fighting against. She wasn't afraid to play dirty. I'm torn over Leto's Joker, mainly because there isn't much to go on. He isn't in the film very much. From what we see, his interpretation is a new and fresh take for a modern audience. In several cases, he really brought that feeling of controlled insanity to the scene he was in. That being said, I can't help but feel that some of his lines weren't delivered as well as they could have been. However, I am waiting to pass judgement until we really get to see him interact with Batman, which might not be for a few years still. As of now, I think Leto was good, not great.
The relationship between Harley and Mr. J was an interesting one to watch, but I feel like they never fully captured what makes their relationship what it is. Yes, we get that they are two insane people madly in love with each other, but this isn't some high school melodrama. We never really saw the abusive side of their relationship, which is an essential aspect that is needed to truly understand these characters.
Again, I'd like to stress that this is a really fun movie. The banter between characters was entertaining, and the interaction between the government and the criminals really made for some interesting scenes. Also, the action scenes were very well directed by Ayer. For the most part, you really get a good look at what's going on, and yet they give you interesting perspectives. The soundtrack in the film also adds to that fun vibe. There are so many great songs in this movie that you can't help but nod your head at times.
Suicide Squad is a really fun movie. However, the uninteresting antagonist, poor editing, and overall discoordination keep it from becoming a great one. Will Smith and Margot Robbie both give great performances. Jared Leto's Joker isn't in it much, but he was pretty good when he was. If you're looking for just a fun time at the movies, then yeah, I'd recommend Suicide Squad. If you're looking for a compelling story and great characters that make for an overall amazing experience, Suicide Squad might not be for you. I still thought the movie was pretty fun, but it is a little disappointing. I wanted to love Suicide Squad, but I ended up merely liking it.
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