Cert: 15 Runtime: 123 mins Director: David Ayer Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevigne, Karen Fukuhara, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Viola Davis
Don’t forget: we’re the bad guys
The DC cinematic universe continues with Suicide Squad, The Joker returns along with some new cinematic faces. The casting of Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie gave this film some credibility before production. David Ayer driving the ship made it even stronger, with films like Fury and End of Watch on his CV we had a good director. Then comes the film critics slamming it! This was some Batman Vs Superman deja vu, so the mass public now has panned it too even with out seeing it. For me personally I hope they are wrong. So what is Suicide Squad about? With the world at risk from an entity that’s believed to be impossible to overcome, U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to reach down the rabbit hole and pull together a team of incarcerated super villains to face this foe.When a chance at redemption is laid on the table, can these crackpots manage to pull together and succeed in the face of an almost-certain chance of failure? Or will they regress to their self-interested roots when it’s discovered they weren’t chosen for their slim chance of succeeding, but for their culpability when things inevitably go wrong?
Suicide Squad has a simple premise, and hasn’t got as many layers as other DCU movies. This is a good thing personally, but it’s also a hot mess! First of all the positives, Margot Robbie is as good as everyone’s been saying. She provides some great comic relief but she does embody the Harley Quinn we wanted. Jared Leto’s Joker, is a grower the longer he was on screen the more I liked him. I am still sussing out his character but so far so good. Make him the main protagonist for Affleck’s Batman movie! Leto and Robbie had great on-screen chemistry, but her delivery of the word ‘puddin’ felt forced and fake. Will Smith’s Deadshot is probably his best work for sometime now, he had a good backstory and he had a great raw core. He was also hilarious! Jai Courtney wasn’t terrible for a change FYI. But Kinnaman, Delevigne, Fukuhara and Agbaje were so two dimensional. There was no character development at all and it shows through out the movie. Special mention to Jay Hernandez and Viola Davis they may hadn’t been fleshed out that much but they delivered some great scenes.
David Ayer did a decent job with Suicide Squad, but it’s not this best work at all. Some of his choices were very questionable. Especially the final battle scene, the main villain was just shadowed out so you don’t really see much of this person. I did like the choice of colours and the aesthetic of the film. He really did create an interesting world and some good characters. As he wrote it as well he did an OK job, the first segment was great then it falls flat-ish and then it becomes entertaining again. The action sequences work well, but they were to far apart. The soundtrack was great too, the mix tape works well through out. Probably some of the worst editing I have ever seen. It hurt my eyes so much sometimes, it feels like it has been cut numerous times. The film also had a lot of missing content from the trailers. Which is a giant shame, the re-shoots must have had a great deal to do with the final flow of the film. As many people have mentioned I hope for a ultimate cut with blu-ray. Suicide Squad has it’s flaws but I had a good time with it.