Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysteryious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.
(Before I get started, thank-you to Warner Bros for the screening invite last night (even though I didn’t go) I’m honored to be asked to attend, it means a lot.)
In what was one of the most highly anticipated and most heavily marketed films of the year, Suicide Squad was sure to be great wasn’t it? Well not quite, however it still manages to be a great time at the movies and that’s what we’re all looking for.
Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer and much like some of his other credits, it feels like it was re drafted in the editing room more than a few times. They often try to patch the story up by throwing in classic rock songs like “Sympathy for The Devil” and even “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also suffers from some noticeable re shoots that help bog down the story. Sloppy editing is going to be my major flaw with this film. There are certain scenes, in particular a Harley Quinn elevator scene that were obviously added after various re-shoots and serve as no help to the rest of the story. Disruption comes from all angles in the form of constant unneeded flashbacks that are meant to tell an origin story we are already aware of. As the film tries to deliver a nihilistic sort of teamwork between characters, it often just sets them to exchange words and move on to the next scene. My huge disappointment comes from how great the trailers were, but in reality many lines of dialogue were cut specifically for previews and make zero sense in context. In terms of predictability, nothing really comes out of left field. I called the villain and the first death two months ago, but that’s my own fault for breaking down the marketing. Speaking of the villain, not quite what you would hope for and sadly this film follows the typical big wormhole coming down from the sky logic, which has been proven to be non pleasing to audiences *cough “Fantastic Four” *cough. Not quite that bad, but comparable.
As easy as it is to point out flaws, I almost feel the need to come to the defense of Suicide Squad. The exposition scenes were sloppily done but I enjoyed them nonetheless. As much as the story doesn’t benefit them, you have a great time watching the characters and their on screen portrayals. Particularly Harley Quinn, in which Margot Robbie does an outstanding job. She enters each frame as an over sexualized vixen, just as the studio intended. Jared Leto in the form of the clown prince of crime also does a fine job. Even in his limited screen time, I like where the DC universe is taking him. Although he serves a quite the draw in ploy in the film’s marketing campaign, he has no real place in the story and serves more a disruption than anything else. Here’s to hoping he is the main villain in Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman film. The entire cast does quite well, but you don’t really care to notice. I was even quite fond of Jai Courtney’s performance……this is a first. Out of it all, Will Smith is a fantastic Deadshot. He is undoubtedly having the most fun of the cast and it shows. Quite possibly my favorite character portrayal since Heath Ledger as the Joker and that is saying something.
DC’s third film in their new universe is a much needed improvement over Batman v Superman. However they still have serious problems to correct before their slew of releases in 2017.