Suicide Squad (2016)

“Everyone’s has a weakness, and a weakness can be leverage.”

After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s critical flop, the DCEU is in deep water and can not afford another mistake. Could Suicide Squad be it’s saving grace? Come read my review, and let’s find out. Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer, and stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingine, and Karen Fukuhara. A quick rundown of the plot is this: after the events of Batman v Superman, Amanda Waller recruits a rogue gallery of super villains who must complete a mission in exchange for clemency, and to save the world from an unknown threat. It is very hard to believe that we are already witnessing the 5th comic book movie of the year; the year is really flying by. I’ve been anticipating this film for a while now, and when I received an opportunity to watch an early premiere screening with the entire cast, I took full advantage.

The first act of the movie gives us a little background information about what happened in Batman v Superman, as well as some backstory into the lives of a few of the Suicide Squad members. Right off the bat, we see the film take a heavy focus on Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Considering Will Smith and Margot Robbie are the two biggest names attached to the cast, this doesn’t come off as too much of a surprise. Going into this movie, I didn’t expect to walk out of this film having Diablo, played by Jay Hernandez, be my favorite character. Out of the entire cast, he is easily the most complex. Jay Hernandez did a stellar job portraying him with a strong level of motion, depth, and line delivery. He is one of the few bad guys you can’t help but feel empathy for. He is the only one that is against it all, that doesn’t find enjoyment in all the senseless killing and fighting.

Viola Davis deserves an Oscar nomination for her role as Amanda Waller, in all honestly. She is mean, large, and in charge. She absolutely nails the role as the frighten government official, and does it perfectly. Jai Courtney may also have found his breakout role as Captain Boomerang; he is a funny character, but is unfortunately only ever used as slight comic relief. His character does not receive enough screen time at all. Cara Delevingine does an awful job as June Moon/Enchantress. She captures the dualities of her normal self, as well as her witch alter ego, but unfortunately falls under the list of characters with cliché motivations. She is by far the worse comic book villain of the year.

Will Smith as Deadshot is charming, and charismatic. But Will Smith is still, well… Will Smith. His performance didn’t give us anything we haven’t already seen from the actor. Jared Leto gave us a fantastic Joker, but ultimately did not receive enough screen time for me to make a proper full judgment of his character. Maybe his eventual appearance in a Batman solo movie will allow me to judge him; but with what he was given, he did quite well. Joel Kinnaman was great as Rick Flag, but as is the case with the rest of the cast, he ends up overshadowed by Harley Quinn and Deadshot. Killer Croc barely had any lines throughout the entire movie, and when he did speak, he was unintelligible. He has one shining scene in the movie, and that’s where his glory ends. Katana is an extreme bada**, but isn’t used to her full potential either. I feel she was just used as a plot device, which Is unfortunate to experience (yet again) for a female actress. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn though, considering she is just about everyone’s most anticipated character for the film, just came off as annoying to me. I understand that it’s her quirk, but she just ended up coming off as over-the-top and annoying. Even though not all of the cast had their time to shine, they did have great chemistry together. The action choreography incredible, and it’s awesome knowing the cast did their own stunts. The soundtrack and score were great as well, but it would obnoxiously take the scene over at certain moments; a good example being Rick Ross’s Purple Lamborghini. The film is paced pretty well until the 3rd act, where thing start to stretch out and get kind of boring.

The soundtrack and score were great as well, but it would obnoxiously take the scene over at certain moments; a good example being Rick Ross’s Purple Lamborghini. The film is paced pretty well until the 3rd act, where thing start to stretch out and get kind of boring. My biggest problem with Suicide Squad though, is the tone. It still feels like DC doesn’t know which direction to go, tonally. There would be intense, serious moments in the film, ruined by a one-liner. It feels like the people at WB don’t know what they want at this point. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is unique and different and refreshing. But it’s hard to watch it without realizing how unbalanced the DCEU feels at this point. Overall, I enjoyed Suicide Squad. Was it a great film? Far from it. It was a good film, but the lack of character development from the lesser-known members of the Suicide Squad, as well as the uneven tone, stop it from being a great film. All I can say is, it is definitely the start of the “new” DCEU; I am sure of it. SuperSam Rating: 5/10

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  1. Great review. Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed with the movie but I did like Margot Robbie and Will Smith’s performance. I feel like it’s a shame that they felt the need to include the Joker/Harley Quinn love story when there wasn’t any room for it. It felt forced and out of place. The movie had so much potential so I hope there’s a directors cut floating around somewhere. Anyhow, I enjoyed reading this. Would you be keen on sharing your work on Moviepilot/Creators? Feel free to shoot me a message (contact details are on my blog) if you’d like me to expand on that. Would love to hear from you.

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