Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Comic, Superhero.
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davies, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Jim Parrack, Common.
Year Of Release: 2016
Certificate: 15 (UK) PG-13 (US)
Runtime: 123 Minutes
Director: David Ayer
Synopsis: “A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos.” IMDB
After the critical beating Batman vs Superman received in March, the world let out a unified sigh and with that another nail seemed to have hit the DCEU coffin then the fans for the chance to see it and it swayed back into the more positive. Jump forward 4 months to the release of Suicide Squad and the exact same thing happened, even down to the reasons why critics were giving reviews, in no way do I believe there is some vendetta to keep DC films down, but there is definitely something going on between critics and DC films, which will hopefully be resolved very soon!
The basic plot of Suicide Squad without giving too much away is that the worst of the worst villains are banded together Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang and Slipknot by the incomparable Amanda Waller in order to take on jobs that nobody else can do or are willing to do for that matter, like take on a witch hellbent on taking over the world.
The film starts in a very strange way, we get a quick backstory to Deadshot and Harley setting up the feeling that they are very much going to be the driving force in the film, which isn’t a bad thing. Two powerhouses names like Will Smith and Margot Robbie can help sell anything, heck they made “Focus” enjoyable and took it to $150 million. They don’t really take away from the rest of the cast too much in my opinion, while Robbie excels as Harley Quinn that was already evident from the small clips in trailers my only complaint with her is that I wish she was given a little more substance at times it felt like she was just there for quips nothing more, Will Smith plays Will Smith bringing the old adage “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” to more relevance. Another absolutely perfect casting was Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, not only did Courtney deliver his comedic lines to perfection his love he showed for his little pink unicorn is incredibly funny. One that did surprise me was Cara Delevingne, I usually find her to be a bit bland and uninteresting, this time around I thought she was really good as Enchantress and Dr June Moore. Onto my favourite performance in the film, Jared Leto, Mr Leto was an absolute scene stealer everytime he popped up he gave me goosebumps and made me feel uncomfortable, which is what I expect from the Joker. He has a very small amount of screentime, but it is more than enough to get me extremely excited for his return. All that needs to be said about Viola Davies is BADASS!
The film isn’t perfect, it does have some pacing issues along with the narrative being a little messy in the beginning, as Hamish over at HC Movie Reviews said “the majority of the film feels like one big finale” to an extent I kind of get where he is coming from. The film found itself very quickly in the action, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing this time it just felt a little too quick, lack of proper back story or character development made it feel a little rushed. Personally knowing the characters from other mediums I had a little more insight, but for the average film goer who doesn’t follow the books a little more time on characters would have been much better suited. That’s not to say the action is anything to be scoffed at, throughout his career David Ayer has excelled at putting together magnificent action sequences, “Sabotage” showcases that talent incredibly. While the film feels like one big action scene, I found it to be a very enjoyable 2 hours, even if I would have LOVED to have seen Poison Ivy as the Enchantress role, not sure why but throughout watching I just kept thinking Poison Ivy would be perfect here.
Another solid positive from the film I found was the soundtrack, it was absolutely brilliant, the choice of songs was just incredible. It has been a LONG time since I was able to hear the name Lil Wayne without throwing up in my mouth, but the choice of “Sucker For Pain” just fit the film perfectly. Not only was the choice of music brilliant, but the use of effects were great, I have seen a few people complain about CGI in the film, please inform me on HOW you make a film about supervillains with superpowers fighting an all powerful villain that is tearing the world apart without CG. The visuals are a big part of what made this film so enjoyable, there is an incredible sequence with El Diablo that made my jaw hit the floor, the visuals mixed with Ayer’s approach to action blend together in the most beautiful way.
Overall, I found the film to be extremely enjoyable but not without issues, which unfortunately seems to be the Warner Bros/DC trend in recent films. All 3 of the films within the DCEU have had their issues and the standout issue throughout all three seems to be in the editing room they just don’t flow how they should. Plus the choice to make Joker in a similar vein to his earlier roots as a gangster/underworld boss was just pure nerdgasm worthy! While the film gets off to a bit bumpy start, they are just trying to give us a very quick backstory without losing out on the fun stuff, should this have came a few films down the line when the villains had popped up in solo films with their heroes? Probably, but that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment.