When DC announced that Suicide Squad was going to be a live action movie, I was intrigued from the very start. I would have never guessed that they would take the chance with so many unknown characters in one movie and attempt to pull it off. This is why out of all of the DC movies, this was the one I was most eager to watch. Were they able to pull off what Marvel did with Guardians Of the Galaxy? Or, would it crumble under the weight of the on set troubles reshoots, and the two previous movies that were ill received? Though the movie does have its problems, I walked out of the theater with a smile on my face.
What do you do when you have to clean up a mess but you don't want to take responsibility for it if things go south? You recruit a team that can be thrown under the bus if need be. This is the idea that the Suicide Squad plays with. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) takes it upon herself to form a group of criminals, some with extraordinary abilities to do what others cannot do. Deadshot (Will Smith) is an assassin that never misses a shot. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is an ex-psychologist that ended up in prison for reason which are explained in the movie. We're also presented with “metahumans” El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) who can create flames from his hands and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who has super strength, can swim like a crocodile and looks like one as well. The rest of the crew is eventually rounded out by Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Rick Flag (Joel Kinenman) is tasked with keeping them under control with the help of explosives implanted in their necks that he can detonate if they decide to get out of line.
The movie starts at 100 with stylized introductions and slight backstory as to why and how all of the criminals ended up in prison. Some slick cameos and inspired, but, sometimes odd musical choices punch up these sequences with a Guy Ritchie type flair. It certainly breaths some fresh air into the universe that has been decidedly dark in the previous two films. The characters interactions are entertaining and the dialog, while sometimes cringe worthy, is fine for the most part. The film screams for an R-rating. The stand out to me was Will Smith as Deadshot. Its very difficult for him not to be himself in movies and well, once again, he fails but, in this roll it fits perfectly. He has some of the funniest dialog in the movie and he somehow manages to be the moral center in a sea of immoral people. Margot Robbie as Harley was as good as I expected it to be. She was able to portray her brand of crazy and not seem like she was acting. The other stand out was Viola as Amanda Waller. She was a straight up cold hearted unapologetic bitch. She played the hell out of her role and I loved it. The Joker (Jared Leto) makes several appearances and while he was really good, his lack of screen time will disappoint some people. The rest of the cast served their purpose but, Joel Kinnaman on the other hand was not good at all. Almost all of his line delivery was terrible. I was not a fan.
After the hyper kinetic beginning and after the group forms we get the main gist of the plot. They're tasked to rescue someone and that's where the film kinda falters a bit. The middle section drags slightly. After the initial adrenaline shot it gives you in the beginning it's pretty noticeable. However the action sequences which are shot a little too close for my taste, but they kept it from becoming boring. As you would expect, every character gets their moment to shine in one way or another. Truth be told the remainder of the film is kinda paint by numbers plot wise. This isn't a necessarily bad thing it's just sort of the nature of the beast. With all the bad reviews that this film has gotten, I truly do not know what everyone else watched. Does the movie have its problems, absolutely but it is not nearly as bad as people are making it out to be. Plot wise, its easy to follow. The directing was fine and the editing which people seem to have the biggest issue with was only slightly ridiculous toward the end with ill timed super slow motion shots that were completely unneeded. The ensemble cast felt like they had pretty solid chemistry with each other and the movie was just all around fun. I'll say this I had more fun watching this movie then I did with BvS hands down. If you're looking for a movie you can go out watch and have a blast with for 2 hours I'd recommend it.
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