It seems oddly fitting that one of the last movies of the summer movie season is as mediocre as most movies this summer have been.
Suicide Squad is the newest film in the DC cinematic universe and tells the story of a group of supervillains who are recruited by the US government to help stop a major attack in a way only they can.
This movie needed to be good to really give people hope for the DC universe of films after the subpar Batman v. Superman. Unfortunately it fails at that. However there are several things to like. The first is Will Smith as Deadshot. It’s spot on casting and Smith is excellent. He had by far the best moments of the movie and is the most significant form of comic relief. The story actually took some turns that I didn’t guess it would based on the trailers. It felt very inventive at times and kept me guessing for the most part. The team has great chemistry and there are parts of the film that are incredibly entertaining.
With all that said, the movie is a bit of a mess. The first half or so feels so choppy and thrown together that it’s very hard to follow. There are flashbacks at the beginning that are supposed to introduce us to the characters. But most of those do a very poor job, especially for those of us who have no real previous exposure to the characters. There also seems to be a lot of forced tension in the movie, followed by major motive changes by the characters that don’t make any sense. But hey, Jared Leto was at least supposed to be decent as Joker right? Wrong. He’s awful. I hated his Joker. He and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn both take it way too over the top that it becomes cartoonish. Maybe that was the point, I personally just didn’t enjoy it. Both Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson both has just the right amount of crazy to make that character their own and I think Leto takes it too far. It became annoying more than anything.
Overall, Suicide Squad was a disappointment. It had a lot of potential that it doesn’t quite live up to. But it does have some good aspects and some very entertaining parts which makes it very hard to score. In the end, I’ll give Suicide Squad the same score I gave the theater release of Batman v. Superman, a 2.75/5.
For the record, I’d bump the Ultimate Edition of Batman v. Superman to 3 or maybe a 3.25. I haven’t gotten around to reviewing that yet and don’t know if I actually will. But that version does make the movie flow a little better and adds a little more to it.
Anyway, let me know what you thought of Suicide Squad in the comments.