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November 17, 2017
Suicide Squad (2016) --- "An Expendable Team Of Supervillains Must Battle A Mysterious And Powerful Entity While Avoiding A Psychotic Clown."
Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own. (1)
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There seems to be a trend going on with DC Extended Universe films and that is the use of a dark themed film, which is opposite to Marvel’s more lighthearted films. We start to see this theme begin in Christopher Nolan’s 2005 film Batman Begins and carry on throughout the DC films that followed in its wake –even Wonder Woman (2017), who was more like the love child of DCEU and Marvel, had a small measure of darkness in it. And now we have the long awaited and much-anticipated film, Suicide Squad (2016) directed by David Ayer (Fury). Suicide Squad has some big shoes to fill after the widespread disappointment from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). This is a difficult task for just one film and yet Suicide Squad delivers and improves the weak aspects that BvS failed to do while still being its own style.
Writer/Director David Ayer has masterfully introduced some relatively unknown super villains to the world and then forces them to be in a team together. The film is essentially a darker version of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014/2017) otherwise known as a less vulgar version of Deadpool (2016). The set pieces and visual effects were amazing. The music is as eerily poetic as it is appropriate for the film throughout. Panic at the Disco’s rendition of the iconic Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody serves as the background for the film’s aftermath, sending viewers home on a great note. The best part about the entire film is the action, which is very involved and strategic, with the majority of being focused on the final battle. Another highlight of this film are the performances of such a star-studded cast with there being two strong performances by Will Smith (Focus) and Margot Robbie (Focus). Will Smith as Deadshot, who is the sanest character in Squad, showcases many subtle nuances of his more grungier, sarcastic, and deadly type of character. Margot Robbie as the famous Harley Quinn is outstanding. Gone is the weak humor and overemphasized jersey accent, instead she is great at making the scenes fresh. The chemistry between Smith and Robbie’s characters is great. Together with their funny and electric, although their banter is slow to start but great at the end. Jared Leto was intriguing and eerie as The Joke but I wish that he had a little bit more screen time. Leto takes his portrayal in a completely different direction than Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal. With Ledger, we see the mass murdering, crazy-genius, Clown Prince of Crime but with Leto, we see the more physiologically messed up side and how easy it was for him to turn Harley Quinn crazy; “…she’s crazier than him…” The rest of the Squad and supporting characters are great and once the entire Squad comes together it makes for a pretty impressive team.
The only issue that I found was Cara Delavigne’s portrayal of June Moore/Enchantress. While she did offer a great villain presence, overall she was a bit lackluster. Considering that the film has a pretty dark film one would expect for the villain to be very dark as well, I just felt like others could have played the part just as good if not better. Also, her chemistry with Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) was a bit bland and sometimes felt forced.
Overall, Suicide Squad (2016) is a pretty impressive film and a great addition to the DC Extended Universe. It is unclear whether we will see any of the Squad cameos in the upcoming Justice League or future Justice League films but I can say that I am excited for Suicide Squad 2 (TBA). Not only is the film a great piece of entertainment but it also proves that Warner Brothers can learn from their mistakes and give audiences what they are asking for. Of course, not everyone will like it but that is to be expected with almost any film. I highly recommend this film for anyone.
"Let's have some fun."
- The Enchantress
Worth Seeing: 3.8 of 5 star
Worth Buying: 3.8 of 5 stars
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