Suicide Squad | Film Review

★★★★☆ Suicide Squad, DC Entertainment

After a frantic year of superhero movies (Captain America: Civil War, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and X-Men: Apocalypse), an antihero film is just what we all need a taste of. After months and months of waiting patiently for the release of Suicide Squad, it has had a very diverse effect on those who watched it. Some say it was unsatisfactory and a frantic mess, but others like myself, found the film to be quirky, full of excitement and at times, quite emotional.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad | Screen Rant

Based on the aftermath of what happened in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, a plan is set in motion by the government to put together a team of the deadliest ‘bad guys’ in the world. When Midway City turns into the catalyst of a plot to exterminate the entire human race, the new enforced Task Force X must come together and become something they never thought to be: Heroes.

It is quite rare to see a superhero film solely based on its villains, which is a refreshing twist on the everyday normality of what a hero actually is. What we have to remember is that director and writer, David Ayer has created this film and adapted it for the big screen just from the original DC comic books. This was never going to be an easy job, especially trying to shape itself to fit within the contents of one film.

The film starts off quite slow, but however I found it quite intriguing (spoiler alert) when Viola Davis’ character government agent Amanda Waller, individually goes through each of the ‘squads’ members, who they are and what makes them so dangerous. It’s like going through a very lousy Tinder profile, one by one.

There are moments through the film where it is just pure darkness. The screen is just so black that you can’t really see what on earth is going on. After a short time reliving the dark ages, BOOM, the bright lucid lights appear and you might question have I just witnessed a strange occurrence in the middle of the cinema. The atmosphere throughout is pure anarchy, deadly weapons being thrown about like they were toys, and do not even get me started on the mayhem and the death toll that followed it.

Jared Leto’s The Joker and Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress actually have very little screen time compared to their fellow villains, which was quite disappointing. Yes we all know who The Joker is (and have had several discussions about who plays the better version, is it Ledger, Nicholson or even the newly brave Leto?), and we are somewhat aware of the captivating yet absolutely batshit crazy Harley Quinn, but the others we know nothing about. So who are these mysterious characters?

Floyd Lawton AKA Deadshot, “the most wanted hitman in the world”, is played by none other than Mr Will Smith, who immediately just makes you crack a smile every time he comes onto the screen. You’ll almost love him just for his sass and mischievous banter, forgetting the fact that he’s a paid assassin.

Then there’s Dr Harleen Quintal, the former psychiatrist turned psychopath Harley Quinn. She is played by the gorgeous Aussie Margot Robbie, who is also weirdly enough the love interest to the man, who we never thought would know how to love, The Joker.

We then have the others, Cap’ Boomerang (played by Jai Courtney) who I don’t quite get. Where did he come from, and why is he even here? He just seems to enjoy throwing his boomerang around all the damn time and trying to play it cool.

Tatsu Yamashiro, also known as Katana (played by Karen Fukuhara) is a late bloomer. We know nothing about her until a far distance into the film. It turns out she’s an acquaintance of Ms Waller with the same agenda as the government. She also comes with an added bonus- a samurai sword with the trapped soul of her late husband. Spooky.

Then we have Waylon Jones, also known simply as Killer Croc (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). He is virtually half man half crocodile who lives in the water or id very damp conditions. Don’t grow too fond of him, not until the very end anyway- He has a few humorous lines, but other than that he is pretty much only there to make the group look more avant garde.

Next we have The Flash himself… actually not quite. His name is Chato Santana aka El Diablo (played by Jay Hernandez). He is the only man who refused to take part in any violence, and wanted to live out his prison sentence in peace and tranquility. He was the lone wolf. As you can tell by the name given, he controls fire and boy does he light up our screens alright.

The last two come as a pair, Dr. June Moone (played by Cara Delevingne) and Col. Rick Flag (played by Joel Kinnaman). This couple could be Romeo and Juliet in a parallel universe. The tragedy that follows them is simply horrendous. Dr. Moone one day, whilst discovering some ancient caves, she was possessed by some sort of God. She is known as Enchantress, and she (from time to time) takes of the Doctors body. It is like a personality disorder to the extreme.

Now she may not be part of the squad itself, but Amanda Waller has got some balls. She does not give a shit, she knows what she wants and doesn’t let anyone or anything stand in her way-she simply holds her own. As Deadshot puts it “that is one mean lady”.

The main plot was rather unimpressive and did not meet expectations. I did not hate it but I purely loved it for its soundtrack, comedy moments and the sex appeal of both Miss Harley Quinn & The Joker.

The film is not as badass as we thought, but no doubt the best thing about this film is the portrayal of Harley Quinn by the uniquely talented Margot Robbie and Will Smith’s Deadshot. Their fine acting skills, along with their individual versatile personalities makes them pretty much the only ones worth watching. However, I always say to never base all your thoughts on what the critics might say, you might lose out on a film you might just grow to love, in the end.

 

 

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