If there is something you need to know about me it’s that I am a huge Marvel and DC fan. So, when Marvel kicked off their Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC followed a few years later, I secretly lost it. These two comics giants have been waging a war against each other for decades while geeky fandoms opposed each other underground. If it doesn’t ring a bell, no worries, click on the links and let this new world of wonders sweep you off your feet.
If that helps, Suicide Squad is the latest entry to the DC Extended Universe, which includes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more. Obviously, as soon as Suicide Squad hit the theatres, I had to go see it. I mean, I have been waiting for over a year and the promo was just crazy!
Suicide Squad is a loose adaptation of the comics with plenty of changes that core fans won’t like in all likelihood. Not surprisingly, the plot and the characters’ development are thinly written, even caricatural at times. Here is the pitch: a band of super bad guys is put together by the US Government and sent on a suicide mission to take down an even bigger bad guy. Yeah that’s it. Don’t tell me you were expecting more from a supervillain action movie?!
The team is composed of Deadshot (Will Smith), the one that never misses his target, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), ex-psychiatrist and Arkham Asylum inmate with a very deranged mind and a taste for violence and murder, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), with pyrokinetic abilities (complicated for: he can control fire), Killer Croc the cannibal (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), half human, half crocodile, Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), known thief and Spliknot (Adam Beach), renown mercenary.
They are all supervised by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) on the field and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), a government official. They’re out to kill Enchantress, a thousand-year-old witch who possesses Dr June Moone’s body and set out to destroy our world. Yeah, just that.
Have I lost you yet?
So if you’ve read most of the critics online, you know Suicide Squad didn’t do very well on that front. But don’t let that stop you. I believe most critics are not comics fans and expect too much of action movies they don’t really understand the origins of.
I enjoyed that movie a lot and following the huge catastrophe that was Batman vs Superman last year, it’s a relief. If I’m being honest, the movie is way far from perfect with loads of plot holes and as usual, secondary characters are not fully explored… but they’re secondary characters, so…
Let’s be real for a second here. When a movie, part of such a huge franchise comes out with a cast of big actors like Will Smith, Viola Davis (she has two Tony Awards and received an Emmy last year) or Jared Leto and let’s not even mention Margot Robbie, who is on everybody’s radar since her big break in The Wolf of Wall Street, you know the movie is going to focus on them.
There is a very simple reason for that: they carry the movie. They are the caution that will make people decide if they want to see it or not. Once you understand that, it’s easier to set your expectations.
However, with so many characters running around, I think they did a pretty good job in giving everyone a bit of screen time.
Needless to say, Will Smith and Viola Davis nailed their roles.
Smith is used to that kind of action / war hero type of roles and we’ve seen him take down enemies ranging from simple thugs to aliens countless times. His rendition is a nice show of its own to watch.
Davis plays the ‘baddest’ of them all. In my opinion, she is the REAL villain of the story. She has no remorse… and most probably no soul either. Thrilling.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is absolutely adorable. Yes, I said that. She was clearly the comic relief of the movie, maybe to a fault at times. But this character is at an all-time high peak of popularity since its reintroduction into the Arkham Asylum video game. They wanted to play on that and I get it. Robbie did a great job at portraying the psychopathic childlike woman completely crazy about her longtime lover, the Joker. Easter-egg: we get to see her original jester costume.
Jared Leto as the Joker had the most difficult mission of them all: give life to a character the late Heath Ledger nailed for centuries to come. I think it’s the main reason why people were so disappointed. Months and months of promo have put forward Leto’s character, leading you into thinking he would be the big bad wolf ravaging Midway City… which he’s not. He is indeed, very secondary to the story. Disappointing, just because I loooove Jared Leto. However, his performance as a very punkish Sid-Vicious-type of Joker, if not groundbreaking is promising. We will most definitely see him again in the future.
Cara Delevingne as Enchantress… So Delevingne who used to be a model has decided to become an actress and for such an inexperienced one, she landed quite a big role here. Initially I thought she would be part of the background characters. How was I wrong! I was not convinced at all but Enchantress’ grungy look is definitely a nice shot… and compensate for the lack of facial expressions. It’s the character I liked the less.
There’s not much to say about the other characters quite frankly, apart from El Diablo who has his own redemption storyline. But here again, the hype was never about them and no one stands out particularly or steals the show like it happens sometimes.
I simply liked the movie. I had a great time. I laughed, I gloated and globally, took the movie for what it was — a supervillain action movie.
Of course it’s Hollywood and filled with feel-good intentions and ‘we are a family’ BS.
I’m happy DC stayed away from the grim, dark universe we’re used to with Batman. Suicide Squad is still quite dark — it’s DC’s trademark — but the neon colours and the humorous tone are a welcomed change from Batman’s and Superman’s all-righteousness and seriousness.
Loved the Harley Quinn / Joker chemistry, twisted relationship and undying love (I’m a romantic like that). If you go, stay until the end of the credits for a special surprise.
Next big DCEU movie on the line (after Wonder Woman that is): Justice League, which will see Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Superman team up to fight a new big villain.
I would rate the movie a good 7/10 but I am completely biased, full of bad faith and not ashamed of it.
Let me know if you go see it and what you thought of it. Happy weekend!