We begin this review with an honest and open opinion on what DC films have to offer. Leading up to the release of Suicide Squad, DC fans have cried foul at movie critics for once again rating one of the DCEU's films at a ridiculously low score. As much as we want to be objective, we all have a bias when we consume entertainment. That being said, I can see why critics didn't love it but I do not think it warranted such a low score. It's a ridiculously low score.
Suicide Squad starts off with a bang, the first 20 minutes or so delve into how and why each of the main core squad members ended up in Belle Reve Penitentiary. The Deadshot backstory was one of the most well handled of all the backstories. Will Smith gave his villainous alter ego a lot of humanity, his chemistry with the young girl who played his daughter came off genuine which only helped make his character one the audience could relate to but also have us asking "How far is too far gone?" Some of the more emotional beats of the film come from Smith's Deadshot which could lead some to believe the character might not be so bad after all. Deadshots arc was definitely the most fleshed out of any character in the film.
In a surprise and breakout performance, Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang brought out the Australian-native's most fun and memorable role yet. Used as most of the films comedic relief, Captain Boomerang was definitely a fun character to watch on screen, even though he wasn't featured as much as some other characters. I am positive however that we could see him end up in a future DCEU film other than a sequel to Suicide Squad after his backstory involves a short cameo from a certain member of The Justice League.
Now a character I never heard of but after watching the film became one of my favorites was Diablo played by Jay Hernandez. The silent pyro-wielder metahuman goes through an arc not many fans saw coming, including myself. Although given very few lines in the actual film, the delivery and power behind every word was well executed for the limited lines he had and was a strong character overall when it came to villains and who they are at their core. Heading down the pipeline, Killer Croc, Katana, and Slipknot were underutilized characters that really didn't serve much purpose except for when it was convenient. Joel Kinnaman as Lt. Rick Flag was exceptional, just enough to make us care about why he is a part of the squad but I hope is more better developed in future films. Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was spot on! All the qualities you know to hate her for she has. Now this film did have its hiccups. mostly technical like editing. Some scenes felt like they were missing an extra line or two from certain characters that when another character would respond to them it sounded off. The movie was also hurt by the 1st act straight to 3rd act structure. It made for certain squad members arcs to happen suddenly and out of character. Much like the Suicide Squad, the film was out of control, but in a good way.
Now we do not want to end this review on a bad note so you may have noticed that we left out certain characters from the beginning of the review. Lets talk Joker and Harley! First, lets begin with Harley as part of the squad. Margot Robbie had the honor of bringing the "Joker's Girlfriend" to live action form for the first time in history. The character of Harley Quinn Robbie pulled off in true Harley fashion. Some of her jokes were hit or miss but her origin and arc in the squad were fun to watch and we could not look away. She was not over-sexualized like most people were complaining about from watching trailers but she did use her attractiveness to her advantage as Harley has in the comics before. Now for the surprise of the film? Not really. Jared Leto's Joker was one every comic book geek was waiting to see and you do. Leto's take on the Clown Prince was one of if not the highlight of the movie. His Joker was menacing and more in his thoughts than past incarnations. You could really see the wheels turning behind those maniacal eyes. The Joker & Harley relationship was so gripping and complex I wish we could have seen more but I am hopeful with the Harley Quinn standalone film announced earlier this year could pair the two again in what should be some of the dark rom-com DC could and should deliver!
Overall, the film wasn't perfect. The performances alone are enough to carry the movie and although editing may have made it hard for regular movie goers to follow these characters, the movie was fun and well worth the watch. 8/10
SPOILER REVIEW COMING WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10th!