Before seeing Suicide Squad on Monday, I watched a video by Jack Howard where he talked (or ranted, rather) about this film, and it worried me slightly. Sucide Squad has a lot of mixed reviews, so before I get too into this review, I’m going to say one thing: Suicide Squad is an entertaining film. It has all the good components of an actions film, good actions, a little bit of comedy, a few tears, and a killer soundtrack.
However, it’s by no means perfect.
Let’s start from the beginning. Suicide Squad begins when Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to put together a team of super-villians to got out on a suicide mission to defeat an evil witch named Enchantress (Cara Delevigne). The plan seemed foolproof, if the squad was successful, Gotham would be saved and then they can throw them back in prison, if the plan back-fired, they would use the villians as scapegoats. This is where we meet all of our baddies: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). Freshly plucked from America’s prisons and mental asylums, they given plenty guns and ammunition at their disposal, with only Captain Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Waller’s right hand man, to babysit and watch their every move.
If you watched Jack Howard’s video, you’ll notice how he mentioned that there are no scenes in the film, just “heavily edited moments”. I both agree and disagree with this, because there clearly are scenes, however the film itself is very choppy and slightly random at times. It seems like director David Ayer tried to fit in so much at once and tried to keep it under a certain time frame, that they had to get rid of things, causing gaps in the narrative. There is no ‘one’ main character, and the film tries to follow everyone’s back story a little bit, so we don’t really get much time to really invest in these characters and care about them.
I think one of the good points of the film is definitely its stellar cast. Viola Davis’ character is a baddest bitch you will ever meet (although I already knew this from her performance in How To Get Away With Murder). Will Smith made a hitman slightly more human. Margot Robbie is fantastically twisted as Harley Quinn. There’s no doubt that these actors really threw themselves into these roles, it’s just a shame that they had such little time to delve deeper into their characters amonst all the othr choas going on in the film.
This may or may not surprise you, but the Joker isn’t really in the film that much. This isn’t really a spoiler, because in all the marketing for Suicide Squad always had the Joker seperate from the rest of the gang. I do wish they had explored the Harley Quinn/Joker dynamic a little deeper, but unfortunately, though they had filmed a lot of their back story, a lot of it just didn’t make the cut as otherwise it would have diverted it from the story. Which is a shame, because it means that we didn’t get to see Jared Leto’s true Joker potential – especially hearing about how he went full method and never broke character during filming – but perhaps this will be explored in future movies.
You can tell that this movie wasn’t what they originally wanted it to be, but you can also tell that Ayre put his all into it; he just unfortunately came up a little short. He’s kind of relied on the fact that they’re going to make more films to expand on this universe, which if you ask me, I think is a bit lazy and money-grabbing, but that’s just me. Suicide Squad is a bit of a hot mess, but it’s an interesting and fun hot mess all the same.
DC tried, but I think ultimately Marvel do it better. Perhaps if they had released other films exploring the back stories of each character and how they ended up in prison, and then made them come together in Suicide Squad, everything wouldn’t feel so all over the place and like everything had to be done at once. I still enjoyed it though, and would definitely recommend seeing it if you like comic books and cool rock montages.
I hope my review didn’t deter you guys too much!
Have any of you seen Suicide Squad yet? What did/didn’t you like about it? Let me know!