Suicide Squad

Suicide squad

After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released to terrible reviews but an impressive opening weekend, all eyes are on DC’s latest release Suicide Squad. But is this DC offering worthy to stand against the Marvel franchise?

At Belle Reve Penitentiary, intelligence operative Amander Waller (Viola Davis) leads a secret government operation to use the most dangerous supervillians and force them to help save the world for leaner sentences (and under threat of the bombs in the necks exploding). However with a team as deadly as Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) not everything goes exactly to plan.

Ok so Suicide Squad is an improvement on the dull Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and is not as bad as some reviews would suggest. However it is a long way from being a completely successful film.

The film starts off well, as we are introduced to the team and Waller’s plans. These are the strongest parts of the film as we are thrown into the world of the Suicide Squad. I liked seeing Deadshot and Harley Quinn’s backstories although maybe could of done without so much of the cute kid in Deadshot’s story. Providing humour and lightness with her maddness, Harley Quinn was the best character in the movie with an interesting backstory . However I wanted the film to go deeper into her character (such as why would a supposedly intelligent character fall for someone like the Joker? I know she went crazy but was there more to it?) instead of focusing on so many shots of Margot Robbie’s ass-as great as she looks. Viola Davis is also good as Waller,who might be more evil than those she has locked up, and Jared Leto brings his own unique (and brief) take on the Joker which makes you hope he appears in the solo Batman movie.

Out of the rest of the Suicide Squad only Jay Hernadez’s Diablo is vaguely interesting. The others are just there to fill up the numbers. Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) just doesn’t work as the main anagonist. As for one of the film’s few “good guys”, soldier Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) has an uncompelling backstory and no chemistry with his on-screen romantic partner.

The film’s main problem is the tone, which is all over the place. Then there’s the script which is a bit too cheesy in the dialogue at times. The characters’ motivations aren’t always convincing either and they come together as a team a bit too easily for me. One character refers to the other in the squad as family which seems a bit far fetched (even in a film with witchcraft and the like). Acquaintances maybe, even friends at a push, but family? The film hasn’t done enough for the audience to feel that connection between the characters. Also for bad guys we also don’t see them do that many bad things, maybe they have been toned down a bit too much?

Rating 3/5 – lower your expectations and you may kind of enjoy this messy but interesting DC addition

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  1. Yes Lauren yes! This is what I’m talking about. You gave a clear and concise review highlighting the pros and cons of this film. Now while I can kind of agree with this film being better than BvS, at the same time, there was actually some elements I liked from that film more than this. But that’s another topic for another time haha.

    With SS I felt like the story had no proper sense of flow, and their was three tiers of characters; top tier was Deadshot. Harley and Amanda Waller, second tier was Diablo, Rick and Joker, and then there was everyone else. I hate how this film wasted Katana and how the team didn’t properly come together as a unit. The film was great at points, but as a cohesive film its not solid.

    • Thanks, this film was a bit of mess in places and then had realy good moments in others. I found the editing and direction a bit confusing sometimes as well. I would probably have to see the film again to work out if it is better/worse than I think it is.

  2. Great review! Definitely want to check this out still – the opinions have been all over the show, which always makes for an interesting watch. I never expected it to be great or anything, so I am at least not going in expecting the next Dark Knight or anything. Will see, will see. I am glad you liked it, even if you didn’t love it.

    • Thanks Zoe, it’s definately one to watch, if just to have an opinion on it yourself and see if the criticism is justified. As long as you know it’s not going to be another Dark Knight then you won’t be too disapointed-I hope!

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