Suicide Squad

9 Overall Score
Plot: 7/10
Characters : 9/10
Soundtrack: 10/10

Great characters and soundtrack.

Lead up to conflict was a bit rushed.

Suicide Squad
Will Smith, Margo Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto
Directed by: David Ayer
DC Comics/DC Entertainment/Warner Brothers
2016

An honest review of Suicide Squad.

Plainly, Suicide Squad does DC justice. I can NOT believe it received such bad reviews. It had much fewer flaws than Batman v Superman and yet, it got worse reviews than the Ghostbusters reboot. As Martin Dunn said, the plot is like a comic book and comic books can sometimes be convoluted. The lead up to the conflict was a bit rushed and fewer characters would have been better, but most everything else was well done. I understand that DC is trying to build the world up as fast as possible to catch up with Marvel, but I think a slower pace would do the characters more justice.

Speaking of Marvel, stop comparing DC films to the Marvel formula. There is a difference between comparing the quality of two movies and holding them to a misguided standard. So many critics have been comparing Suicide Squad to the formulas in Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool, but all three are very different types of movies. Superhero comedies do not have to be like Deadpool. Superhero joked do not have to be structured the same way as Tony Stark’s one-liners in the Avengers. DC is not Marvel and I say that as a life-long reader of both. Rant over; now let’s get to the rest of the review.

The actors were amazing. A+ casting. I genuinely enjoyed this movie and a huge part of it was how well the actors were able to stay true to their characters. Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn. Period. The scenes with Joker and Harley were incredibly well-written and arguably the best parts of the movie. They reflected the evolution of Harley and her relationship with Joker and added a ton of depth to the Joker himself. Suicide Squad could be the beginning of Harley’s journey away from her abusive relationship with the Joker.

I did not like Jared Leto’s Joker. I loved the voice, the laugh, and the acting. He had the Joker down. Part of my dislike could be from my dislike for Leto, but I just didn’t like “club” Joker or “thug” Joker. I was hoping for more of an underground gangster type of thing, not some strip club pimp.

I was pleasantly surprised by Will Smith’s Deadshot. He was funny, but was a complex character with a lot of depth to him. The little background intros for the characters were awesome. Diablo and Killer Croc also saw a lot of character development throughout the film. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Diablo. Katana was a but out of place, however. She’s a great character but she was kind of random and really did not belong in this movie. Even Captain Boomerang, the comedic relief in the film (with some very good metaphorical character development), was better placed than Katana. A standalone film would have done her more justice. Viola Davis, by far, was the best iteration of Amanda Waller ever, whether it be television, the big screen, or even her comic book counterpart. I did not think Cara Delevigne could pull off a role like this, but boy did she ever. Joel Kinnamen is one of my favorite and most underrated actors. He did Rick Flag some serious justice. I don’t think he could have been cast or written any better. And lastly, Batfleck, as always, was bomb as f**k.

Needless to say, the soundtrack was on point. With a beautiful mix of classics like Seven Nation Army and Dirty Deeds and tasteful choices in pop music like Purple Lamborghini and Heathens, it really ties in well with the themes of Suicide Squad. You can check it out on Spotify or Youtube right now.

There are lots of other little surprises I wish I could spoil for you, but I promised I wouldn’t. I highly recommend this film. Even if you have no interest in watching it, I encourage any DC or comic book fan to go see it and give DC the support it needs to kick off its big screen empire. My only regret was the trailer scenes that were cut from the movie, as I wish there was more.

 

 

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