Characters: These portrayals were amazing. Will Smiths role being my favorite. He plays the murderous Deadshot and while a lot of this movie felt like it was his own rather than the entire Squad itself. It still worked. As for the rest of the characters, the film doesn’t explore them that much with the exception of fan favorite Harley Quinn of course. The biggest disappointment for me was the villain (I’ll explain why once I get to plot) he didn’t add much and just didn’t fit all that well with the story for me. Another issue I had with the film was Harleen being way too sexualized. We either get a shot of her behind every 30 seconds she’s on screen or she’s practically stripping in a club. Granted though I will say that that aspect calms down as the story moves on and she does get more interesting. The other characters barely get any backstory or lines and its quite distracting once you realize Killer Croc only gets 4 lines and grunts the rest of the time. I guess you could say they were playing with the fact that him being treated like a social outcast made him an extreme introvert but I still believe that he deserved more as he’s, in my opinion, a more interesting character than people give him credit for. Amanda Waller was played amazingly by Viola Davis. El Diablo was also quite amazing and his backstory i think really made you feel for him. I don’t want to say anything about Jai Courtenys role because i really believe he had some of the best moments in this film. Am I forgetting any one ? Rick Flag was okay but from what i can tell no one is seeing this film for him. I think most of us are seeing it for what I’ll be discussing next.
The Joker: What can I say ? Jared either nails it or completely fails in this movie. Let me just say I was really worried at first. I’m a big fan of this character and while I knew Jared Leto would be great in this role, I (like many) hated his design. The problem I believe is we weren’t told what kind of Joker he would be, but once I found out he would be more of a ”Gangsta” Joker I was sold. It was really inventive and something we hadn’t really seen before. The design began to make more sense when this was said. My problem though is his performance felt like a tipping scale. At times he was The Joker we all know and love. at other times he just felt like a wannabe. He was though (this may be my fanboy side talking) mostly done well. He’s definitely no Heath Ledger, but i can say that I think (this will sound blasphemous to some) he was an edge better than Nicholson.
Story: This is where my biggest problem with the movie starts. The movie begins by introducing each character, each with their own song. Now I wouldn’t mind having songs in this film, but within the first 10 minutes half the soundtrack is played. It felt like a glorified commercial. As for the plot, its really over done. Villain+thingy that shoots at sky= portal. That seems to be the process for super-hero films (or even big budget blockbusters like Ghostbusters 2016) all of a sudden. The villain simply didn’t cut it for me, at least not with the setting. In the movie magic is introduce, which I never personally saw the Suicide Squad dealing with. I always saw the Squad as a military special ops force that deals with problems too big for the government but to small for Superman. Mostly because in the comics that’s what they are. So when i see a man who shoots things, a crazy woman, a strong cannibalistic guy, a man with ropes, another man who throws boomerangs, and a man who shoots flames from his hands, go against MAGIC. I’m sorry I cant buy it. Sure you could say that where the Suicide aspect of their name comes in, but wouldn’t it have been cooler to see some extremely dangerous and complex hostage situation with The Riddler ? That would be fun while also being grounded and more at the Squads level of danger. Though the story has many problems i did surprisingly enough though still loved every second. It was when Deadshots excellent marksmanship is first introduced that i realized this a pop corn film and wants to be treated like one. It’s not a film aiming for an Oscar so don’t treat it like one.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, I still think this film is worth seeing in theaters. I’ve already pre-ordered my blu-ray and I’m already excited to watch Suicide Squad movie again. By the way, there’s a mid-credit scene so be sure to stay in your seat when the film ends.