Suicide Squad is the latest DC film, this time around they are dealing with the bad guys by giving them a chance to do some good. There was a lot of hype, some really nice looking trailers filled with good music but when it came out to mixed reviews but I was determined to go into it with an open mind.
A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos.
Unlike Marvel who have been building their cinematic universe for a while now but DC decided to jump straight in with an ensemble of villains. The squad consists of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara).
Some of these characters and names are familiar to the general public but some of these are not. Thus the film spends a great deal of time introducing us to the characters and how they were captured in the first place. The result of this is that is takes a while to get to the action and even longer to find out what is a stake should they fail.
Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is the government agent in charge of the team while Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) leads the team while out in the field. These two characters hold the team and the film together as they move to complete their own agendas in the midst of chaos resulting from ancient beings bent on the destruction of humanity.
Cara Delevingne also turns up as June Moone/Enchantress and has some interesting moments but that is really all they are. We didn’t get to see much of June Moone so I can’t really speak for her but Enchantress was pretty cool, her powers were interesting but her goals were not that clear and that really let both her and the film down.
Suicide Squad also brings us the latest incarnation of the Joker, this time played by Jared Leto. Much has been said about his method acting and while I liked his performance in this film, I felt like we hadn’t really seen enough. All I know is that this version of the Joker and Harley Quinn work really well together and I want to see more from them.
The opening of this film has some of the strangest music choices I have seen in quite some time. It is like they saw what Guardians of the Galaxy did and they said lets just do that. Now the only problem is that the way they do it doesn’t quite work and while I like some elements of the films style, there is a lot they could have done to make it better.
For me the standout performances have got to go to Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Deadshot and Harley Quinn worked really well alongside each other and Diablo also proved to be rather interesting. Deadshot and Diablo both had some pretty cool action sequences and the scene at the bar was one of the best scenes in the entire film.
However while they were good, I was less than impressed with Boomerang and Killer Croc. This is not to say that they didn’t have some good moments but Boomerang didn’t seem to add much to the whole team and Killer Croc proved to be a bit hard to understand at certain points throughout the film.
Suicide Squad is a decent film but not a great one and that is a shame because it really could have been something special. Many of the characters and elements in the film work well but there are many more that don’t but while I personally wouldn’t buy it on DVD, the only way you will know for sure is if you go and watch it for yourselves.
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