The DC Extended Universe follows up Batman v Superman with the Suicide Squad.
So we have to address the recent backlash against the film – and whilst we can see why most critics hated it, we have to disagree. We genuinely enjoyed the film, although it definitely had it’s problems. And we’ll get into those a little further into the review. But the film is hugely brave in terms of it’s choices, even if those choices really didn’t play out well. But at least Suicide Squad is different to your average superhero flick. With a wide variety of different characters, and two important cameos, it’s an enjoyable ride.
Whilst it’s clearly an ensemble cast – the film has a hard time deciding which character is most important to the story. And this is one of the reasons that it’s a little messy. It skirts around a couple of flashbacks to give the audience some context. However, we’re supposed to connect with most of these colourful characters via some helpful disposition from various dossiers and meetings. And given the weight of the flashbacks that we get to see – it’s a shame that the writers couldn’t give us more of that.
What little we see of The Joker and Harley Quinn interacting was absolutely brilliant. It’s not like anything you’ve ever seen before, but it’s still recognisably brilliant. There’s a couple of visual throwbacks to the classic versions of the pair. Fans of the red and black Harley suit should keep their eyes peeled for a quick glimpse of Margot Robbie in the costume. But as we said, we don’t actually see much of the pair interacting. Which is strange given at how much The Joker was a part of the promotion for the film. But what we saw of Leto as The Clown Prince of Crime was brilliant – it’s a completely fresh take on the character. But it’s completely let down by the fact that he’s only in it for about 10 minutes altogether. We don’t feel like we’ve got a complete grasp on Leto’s performance, but we loved what little we saw.
Unfortunately, the villain of Suicide Squad was a complete disappointment. There seemed to be no real motivation behind them, and their plan for world domination was so stereotypical it felt like we’d already seen it before. Wait, we have. The finale played out a little similar to the recent Fantastic Four reboot, and that in itself was disappointing. The only form of retribution in the film were the smaller character moments and the dialogue between the group. Some of the dialogue was absolutely spot-on. We couldn’t get enough of the team’s constant bickering and bantering throughout the film. And whilst we were initially apprehensive of Will Smith’s Deadshot – he proved to be one of the more intriguing parts of the script. Especially given his motivations across the plot. We have to say that Viola Davis’ performance as Amanda Waller was nothing short of intimidating. Even if she first came across with more bark than bite – she proved to be truly unrelenting.
What is hugely clear throughout the course of the film, is that the cast and the characters were written and acted fantastically. It’s even shot brilliantly. Some of the action sequences feel exciting and genuinely fun. But the editing and the overall make-up of the film felt very weak. With some scenes and shots feeling completely pointless – it was hard to see which direction that it wanted to take.
Suicide Squad is an enjoyable superhero/supervillain flick that will entertain comic-book fans, and a definite improvement from Batman v Superman. Some fans won’t be pleased with these updated versions of Joker and Harley – but it’s something enjoyably fresh and shouldn’t be shunned whatsoever. We genuinely enjoyed the characters and their actions in the film, even if it had no idea what to do with them sometimes.
Suicide Squad's strengths lie in the characters and their smaller individual moments. But in terms of it's plot, it's unbelievably messy.
- Squad goals
- Smaller character moments
- The Joker.
- The villain + their motives/plan
- Viola Davis