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Spoiler Free Review for Suicide Squad

Title: Suicide Squad

Date: 2016

MPAA: PG-13

Director: David Ayer

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto

Synopsis: A secret government agency recruits imprisoned super villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

Suicide Squad is the highly anticipated new movie from the DC Universe based on the highly popular comic books of the same name. This movie is anticipated for a number of reasons. First of all, it will be the first movie to feature the very popular Batman character, Harley Quinn, as a live action character. This will also be the first time since Heath Ledger’s legendary character in The Dark Knight that there will be a live action Joker, who is played by Jared Leto. Leto is coming off an Oscar win for best supporting actor, so he seemed like a good fit to take on the Joker, as is Margot Robbie who is one of the most popular actresses working today. This film has some great stuff about it, but a lot of flaws unfortunately. Let me start with the positives.

There are some fantastic characters in this movie. As mentioned before, The Joker and Harley Quinn are both featured, and they are fantastic. Let me start with Leto’s Joker. I wouldn’t go as far to say that he was as good as Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger’s portrayals, but he was still very intriguing to watch mainly due to the fact that he was original and made his own. Leto’s portrayal is a lot more creepy and insane, and is modernized very well. Although, there wasn’t a classic Joker scene that stood out for me. Pretty much every scene that Heath Ledger’s Joker was in was extremely memorable, but there wasn’t one scene from Leto that really stood out. This is mainly due to the fact that he has only a small part in the entire film. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was one of my favorite characters. She was a scene stealer throughout, and made for some great comedy. Robbie did a great job not making the character one-dimensional and added some much needed depth. She provided a lot of charm and a lot of crazy which sums up Harley Quinn in a heartbeat. I hope to see more of these characters, hopefully in the new stand alone Batman film. The last character who I loved was Will Smith’s Deadshot. I was not very familiar with this character, not having read the comics, but he was very cool to watch and had some of the best lines in the whole film. I loved seeing this performance, because it reminded me how much of a star Will Smith is, and how it’s been a long time that he had such a fantastic, juicy role like this. There was also a good back story with his daughter that made him a little more sincere than the other characters. This leads me to one of my biggest problems with the movie.

Most of the characters in Suicide Squad are one-dimensional and hard to root for. This is because a number of reasons. Fist of all, the writing is very poor. A lot of the writing, especially in the first act, is just spoon fed to you, about who all the characters are and what they did, and are capable of doing. This is something that could have been handled a lot better. Second of all, the chemistry with the characters in the squad wasn’t very good. A perfect example of what I was looking for is the characters in The Guardians of the Galaxy. Those characters had such great chemistry together. They were all performed very well, were very memorable, and comedically bounced off each other very nicely. And two of them were CGI characters! With this film, a lot of the characters are forgettable and not performed very well. In the squad, I was only a fan of maybe half of the characters. I will talk a lot more about my thoughts of each character in my spoiler review for this film.

Suicide Squad is a classic example of style over substance. This has been a huge problem with the new Zach Snyder led DC films, and this movie was no exception. There was so much CGI, colors, shapes, and music thrown in the movie to enhance it and make it more entertaining, but it was handled poorly. This is just lazy filmmaking and didnt give the film any meaning, besides just being cool to look at. The editing in this film was also handled very poorly. This film did not have a good pace to it, and felt like there were a lot of scenes taken out.

Overall, Suicide Squad is an entertaining film to say the least, but has a lot of obvious flaws. This film could have been the DC film that rejuvenated the franchise, however it struggled with a lot of the same problems that the previous DC films had. It lacks heart, emotion, and morality like a comic book movie should have. I understand that this is a film that is centered on villains, but the audience should feel sympathy for the characters and tension during the action scenes. Suicide Squad basically had none of that, and it lacked in quality because of it. The villain was also handled poorly in this film. This villain should have been very intimidating and memorable, because basically the heroes in this films are villains as well. However, the villain is very insignificant and unremarkable, at times very lauhable as well. There is a lot more I can say about this movie, but overall it is just very disappointing. There are some great characters in this film, but overall it’s just a mess, because of how poorly edited it was. I’m still wating for that fanastic DC film that can rival some of the best Marvel films, but Marvel is still dominating DC at the moment. My grade for this movie is:

2.5/5

3 Comments

  1. Jason

    Nice review. I agree with you. I’m still waiting on a super awesome DC film that could rival a MCU movie. Suicide Squad has potential and some redeeming qualities (its not a huge trainwreck like 2015’s Fantastic Four), but it wasn’t worth the hype.

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    1. Brendan Bellavia (Post author)

      The difference with this and the Fantastic Four film was there was basically no hype for that nightmare of a film, and really no promotions at all. However, with Suicide Squad, this was easily one of the most anticipated films of the year. There has been so much promotions and interviews leading up to the film. I was so confident it would be good. The fact that it did not live up to the hype makes it even more disappointing than the Fantastic Four film. That’s just my opinion. I still hope to see Margot Robbie and Jared Leto again though. I wouldn’t say I hated everything about Suicide Squad. It’s just another disappointing DC film just like Batman v Superman. Maybe Wonder Woman or Justice League will turn things around.

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      1. Jason

        Oh I agree with you on Robbie and Leto. Hopefully, Wonder Woman or Justice League will be better.

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