After waiting a couple of weeks, we finally went and saw Suicide Squad on Thursday! Myself and my boyfriend had been eager to watch it since the first trailer, but of course, the minute the movie was released, it received a whole bunch of negative reviews from critics… Well, I’m here to tell you: DON’T LISTEN TO THEM!
Suicide Squad is the third movie in the DC Extended Universe franchise (Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice being the first two). The story begins after the events of BVS. Intelligence operative Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) who works for a top-secret US government agency, has plans to assemble Task Force X – a squad consisting of the world’s most dangerous super villains: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtnay), Slipknot (Adam Beach), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), El Diablo (Jay Fernandez) and Enchantress (Cara Delevigne). Waller recruits these infamous “bad guys” (who all reside in Belle Reve prison) and puts them under the command of Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) for dangerous black ops missions in return for leaner sentences, believing they have nothing to lose. As a fail-safe, nano bombs are injected into the criminal’s necks, ready to go ka-boom if any were to stray from the objective. Fighting alongside the squad is deadly assassin, Katana (Karen Fukuhara), ready to let her soul-trapping sword meet the neck of any nemesis she faces.
However, things take a turn for the worse when the scorned Enchantress escapes, frees her evil brother Incubus and decides to take revenge on humanity for trapping them for thousands of years by raising a monster army and using a mystical weapon within Midway City. After flagging up as a terrorist attack, the squad are sent to eradicate the threat.
Overall, I loved the tone of the movie. Dark, but not too “gritty”… There’s plenty of humour as well as thrilling combat scenes. The violence isnt’t ridiculously bloody and certainly not gory, making it suitable for older teens. I particularly liked the colourful on-screen trivia introductions of each squad member: straight to the point, easy to follow and showed enough back-story to sum up each criminal’s story and individual personalities without the need to read numerous DC comic titles beforehand. The songs featured throughout the runtime are literal perfection, featuring killer numbers such as “You Don’t Own Me“, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “House Of The Rising Sun“.
I could sit here and tell you one thing I loved about each individual character, as I really do believe the production did such a great job with each and every one, giving them clear objectives, thoughts, and feelings. But out of the whole cast ensemble, the members I believe deserve the most praise for terrific character development are Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and El Diablo. These three squad members I found the most interesting because they are more than just ” the bad guys” – we get to see their humanity grow with the story as it moves along.
Deadshot may had made top dollar being an assassin before his incarceration, but the one thing he cares about more than anything in the world is his young daughter, desiring only the best for her future. Every decision Deadshot makes, he makes with her in his first and foremost thought. He even missed the chance to end his nemesis Batman as he refused to kill anyone in front of his beloved daughter.
Harley may be the Joker’s Queen, but she is also intelligent, agile and badass in her own right. She is shown to harbour a wide range of emotions, including being upset and hurt, but she generally covers up that vulnerable side with a wide grin, witty remarks and maniac giggle.
Gangster El Diablo gave himself in when he burnt his house to the ground murdering his wife and two children inside… Except, he didn’t mean to do so. His fiery meta-human powers lost control in a heated argument. El Diablo has been living in regret since, even refusing to use his powers and trying his best to reform.
Oh, and although Captain Boomerang is mostly just a straight-up thief, I must say the addition of his pink fluffy unicorn fetish was very welcome, and the Captain did provide some fantastic humorous moments throughout.
The majority of the negativity from critics of SS derived from the fact many of Jared Leto’s scenes were cut. While I can understand the disappointment (Leto did such a fantastic job of bringing the deranged psychopath to life in his own unique take on the character), what we need to remember is that Suicide Squad is NOT about The Joker. He is but a supporting character. Personally, I feel that The Joker had more than his fair share of runtime, regularly making many a delightfully-disturbing appearance throughout the movie at plot-convenient points, such as flashbacks or intervening in the government’s antics. The hard fact is that too much of The Joker being featured wouldn’t have resulted in the Suicide Squad story as it stands… We’d have a different movie entirely.
However, I believe a movie revolving around The Joker definitely deserves to be put straight into production with Leto reprising his role, and there’s so much source material Warner Bros can work with to create a perfect movie about the character: there’s side-plots, origin stories, iconic Batman showdowns… Suicide Squad was merely a platform to introduce the character into the current DC Extended Universe, but it just wasn’t the movie that was ever going to make The Joker the star attraction.
I hope you enjoyed reading my review. Ultimately, superhero movies like Suicide Squad are always gonna be marmite – you just have to go into the cinema with a clear mind and just go with it, enjoy the on-screen antics that are thrown your way. It’s a big, bright and bold, and that’s what makes Suicide Squad a winner in my eyes. I can’t wait to see what the DC Extended Universe brings us next!