Director : David Ayer
Starring : Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne
Review : Suicide Squad is a small leap from the not so good theatrical version of Batman v Superman (which, btw is pretty excellent in its ultimate cut) but choppy editing, an underdeveloped villain and some horrendous overacting here and there will make you lament for the giant leap it could have been.
A montage of excellent scenes, character moments and great dialogues is what Suicide Squad is. These moments never really gel together and you will be left wondering who the hell edits the DC films. The first thing Warner Bros need to do is get the guy who cut the trailers of the film to actually edit the film.
Suicide Squad Blitz Trailer
Suicide Squad is a bit of a mess. That said, it is fun, colorful at times, violent when required and mildly satisfying. So here goes the character reviews :
1. Floyd Lawton/Deadshot (Will Smith) : Needless to say the biggest star among the lot has one of the most meaty roles and Will Smith makes full use of it. From a quirky introduction scene, to a fight with Batman (yes, you read that right) Deadshot is the moral core of this endeavor. His scenes with his daughter are endearing. But the best of the lot is a fight scene with the faceless villains where he, single handed (or double handed because you know he can shoot with both of them), kills hundreds of them. Just moments before Rick Flag had accused of him being an assassin and pointed out that the main difference between a soldier and an assassin is that a soldier fights on while an assassin runs away when he has got his money. The entire theater erupted into applause when he proved Flag wrong just minutes later. He also shares an interesting camaraderie with Harley and a few juvenile and over the top dialogues being the marksman’s only misses.
2. Christopher Weiss/Slipknot : The less said the better. What a waste!
3. Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) : Suicide Squad has to be the only film Jai Courtney is good at. As the crass, short tempered Aussie who loves pink unicorns, Captain Boomerang screams for being part of the Flash movie. Please WB, make it happen!
4. Chato Santana/El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) : El Diablo showcases the film’s biggest strength and weakness all at the same time. He is a complicated character, a gangster who has been cursed with the power of fire. A power he is reluctant to use. A power that was the cause of death for his wife and children. There are moments foreshadowing how superpower can be a drug, irresistible yet self destructing. Thus it becomes doubly frustrating when that aspect is left out for periods of mindless CGI mayhem. Hernandez does a competent job at portraying the character’s inner turmoil and pain : but a little bit more of screen time and backstory would have made El Diablo the breakout star from Suicide Squad.
5. Waylon Jones/Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) : Damn, he looked menacing. The make up artist did a more than commendable job on this man. He has a small role though, with no reveals about how he became what he is. Hopefully they will pick up on his story in a later installment because over here he is the comic relief. Yeah, I know the scariest looking guy acting as the comic relief is a kinda twisted, but then so is the film.
6. Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana (Karen Fukuhara) : So, so fucking disappointing. I know they are maybe hoping to explore her character in depth later, but Katana is a personal favorite character of mine. And here she has been relegated to the role of a mindless killer machine acting as the bodyguard of Col Flag. There are a few fleeting moments of emotion but those scenes are badly overacted. The girl playing her on ‘Arrow’ was by far a superior choice.
7. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) : Viola Davis kills it as the no nonsense, no guilt, no compassion badass. Some of her scenes are a bit illogical, but she has just nailed the character. One of the highlights of the film and I will purposefully not reveal much about her but she is one mean bitch. Also watch out for the mid credits scene.
8. Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and Dr June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) : Spoilers here so you know the drill.
Dr June Moone’s body is inhabited by this spirit/witch Enchantress. Amanda Waller has her under her control, only when she doesn’t. Enchantress goes rogue and she along with her brother Incubus wants to rule Earth and be worshiped once again thus becoming the chief antagonist of the film. Cara Delevingne has precious little to do as Dr Moone apart from sobbing but has a big role as Enchantress. As I mentioned before the plot here is cliched and a bit underwhelming which pulls down the second half of the film. It is almost like watching a MCU villain. *shots fired*
Col Flag is an uptight army man who falls in love with Dr Moone. Joel Kinnaman lacks much screen presence though, and I can only salivate at the prospect of Tom Hardy playing this role as it was initially supposed to. Flag reports directly to Amanda Waller and is the leader of the Squad. For him however the mission is personal as he wants to free Dr. Moone from the Enchantress.
9. Joker and Harley Quinn (Jared Leto and Margot Robbie) : First let me make it clear. Joker and Harley have a dysfunctional relationship. This has always been the case. Harley is abused sexually, physically and mentally. Yet they love each other. I understand vanilla people have a tough time understanding this concept, but this is how it is. Harley Quinn is not a feminist icon, nor was she is ever intended to be. She is crazy, she is damaged and she is dangerous. Guess what? Margot Robbie is the definitive Harley. She is the center of attraction : an oversexualized psychopath. That’s what she is. “All of us here are attractive outside, but from inside we are ugly. All of us. Except Croc. He is ugly from the outside too.”
Frankly, I’d have loved a bit more of Joker. Or if he was a bit more central to the plot. But then he is not, he is used sparingly and to good effect. He is not Heath Ledger’s Joker, he is not necessarily someone who will give you quotable anarchist philosophy every now and then. But he will want to show you his toys every every now and then and good chances are that you will not live long to tell the tale.
Conclusion : The film takes its anarchist theme a bit too literally and lets everything loose from plot points to editing. But barring these *minor* hiccups : this is a film for comic book lovers of all kinds. Amanda Waller while talking about Killer Croc says : ‘He looked like a monster. So people started treating him like one. Then he became a monster.‘
That is the central theme of Suicide Squad. Ordinary people becoming monsters. Maybe it was just one bad day, maybe it was the society. And honestly that aspect is not explored enough. But at the end of the day you want to watch Deadshot shooting the hell out of people, you want to see a fucking crazy Joker, you want to watch Harley Quinn in her, *ahem* shorts bashing people’s skulls in with a baseball bat. And in all these aspects, Suicide Squad delivers and how.
Rating : 6.5/10