It wouldn’t be a DC release without controversy. When the low mid thirties Rotten Tomatoes score was released, fans lost their minds (again). One fan went as far as setting up a petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes. It got 17,000 signatures. Yeah…. How crazy is that?
Nevertheless Suicide Squad is here. The anticipation nearly killed us. Some excited to see the follow up to Dawn of Justice, because they loved the film. That’s more on the side of the coin where I lye. Other people are now more cautious about this release. I really loved BvS despite its issues. It was a blast finally seeing the holy trinity on screen, now I get to experience Harley Quinn and Joker. What more can a comics fan ask for?
Suicide Squad centers around the governments response to the events of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) wants to throw gas on the burning flame by sending out a team of imprisoned metahumans or super villains. Among them are Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and oh yeah, The Joker is in this movie. Played by the great Jared Leto. If that isn’t enough for you Batman makes a small appearance. Good luck containing your excitement.
Suicide Squad is a mixed bag for me. In the end the positives out weigh the negatives. The best aspect here is the cast. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto all are spectacular in this film. As expected. Deadshot was the character that had the most character development. Will Smith really sunk his teeth into the role and gave a great performance.
The standout is Margot Robbie. She morphs into Harley Quinn here. She nails down everything that is essential to that character. I never thought that this is Margot Robbie doing a Harley Quinn impression, I just thought it was Harley Quinn.
Jared Leto brings such a unique spin to this iconic character. Everything about it, from the way he looks with the bright green hair, and tattoos, to Joker’s mannerisms. It’s like a more gangster, crime boss Joker. The way he handles himself, too the purple Lamborghini he drives. The relationship between Joker and Harley gets a spotlight through flashbacks, it was nice to see that brought to life. David Ayer captures that relationship so well, it feels like such an important piece of the movie, as it should.
There are a couple glaring negatives with the film. One is the editing. At some points you’re watching a scene, you’re getting invested, then Ayer just takes you into music video mode. Don’t get me wrong, the montage of the character intros were great. It was just edited so choppy at points.
The overall story can be considered a bit bland. Take any save the world story line and put the Suicide Squad in it. The villain is just such a disappointment. Right when it’s revealed you know exactly where you’re going on this journey.
All that being said, negatives and all. Suicide Squad is still a great time at the movies, and a welcome addition to the DCEU. For me they are 3/3. I thoroughly enjoyed the Squad, The Joker, and the cameos. Ayer does a great job with the action and it moves at a rapid pace. See Suicide Squad if you’re a fan of these films.