Suicide Squad Review

 

Suicide Squad is a 2016 superhero film directed by David Ayer, based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name, and third installment in the DC Extended Universe.  The film stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, and Karen Fukuhara, and follows a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller (Davis) recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for leaner sentences.


Positives:

  • Great performances
  • Great action
  • Good humor
  • Interesting characters
  • Entertaining story
  • Good soundtrack

Negatives:

  • Writing could’ve been ironed out better
  • Lackluster antagonist
  • Underplayed Joker subplot

 

Plot:  The story is actually pretty interesting though it’s hardly original which is probably the reason for it not being as compelling as it could’ve been.  There is this romance story between Quinn and Joker that’s actually a good subplot for the Quinn character but it doesn’t really fit into the bigger picture. There are some instances that could’ve been fleshed out a bit better such as a bit more backstory on certain characters especially enchantress.  But the story does a great job of giving backstory while keeping up with the main and not making it feel overbearing or messy.  (3 out of 5)

Characters: The film features terrific characters and despite their criminal backgrounds the characters are actually pretty likable with depth.  Deadshot’s storyline about him being a mercenary and a concerned father.  Rick Flag is a good character; he has this emotional relationship with June, this professional relationship with Waller, and this camaraderie with Deadshot. There is the relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn which despite their dangerous personalities actually have a deep romantic relationship. Santana is perhaps the most human of the group because he doesn’t want to get into the fight. (4 out of 5)

Cast: Great performances by the main and supporting cast.  Robbie was terrifically cast for the role of Harley Quinn.  Davis completely kills as Amanda Waller, definitely has that commanding presence though she doesn’t physically seem threatening. Leto does a great job as the Joker, giving him a more mobster feel to the character.  Great chemistry between Smith and Kinnaman. (4 out of 5)

Visuals: The film features great visuals.  The practical effects for the Killer Croc design look pretty good although there some moments where the fangs seem more like a hindrance.  Enchantress in her witch mode had that moving shadow look while her goddess mode is filled with brilliance that set the tone for the two looks.  Now the film’s highlight is the Joker character design and to that end the make-up department deserves a thumbs up.  The character looks absolutely mad with all the tattoos and clothing while also making him appear as a criminal, the real look of a crime lord.  The other costumes look modern and don’t stand out like they’re cosplaying but look more tactical. (4 out of 5)

Score: The soundtrack was actually pretty good.  It does a great job of giving the film a fun and exciting feeling.  There are some instances where the music does seem out of place.   A bit too cheerful in dark or serious moments. (3 out of 5)

Writing: David Ayer does a good job directing this film.  For one, between the writing and the performances the characters become likable.  The editing and script do keep the movie at a good pace balancing action, humor, and drama. The writing could’ve done a better job of fleshing out the antagonists.  Plus, the writing does a disservice to the Joker and Harley Quinn storyline where Joker should’ve played a bigger role in the story. (3 out of 5)


The Verdict:  In the end, Suicide Squad is a great comic book movie with lots of fun and lots of humor.  The film does suffer from writing that could’ve been better, lackluster antagonists, some unnecessary characters, and a Joker storyline is completely underplayed.  However, the film does feature great performances, great characters, great visuals, great humor, a great soundtrack, witty dialogue, and badass action sequences.  Suicide Squad gets 4 out of 5.

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