Suicide Squad is written and directed by David Ayer and stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis. The film is about a government agency that recruits dangerous supervillains in order to fight in an incredibly dangerous mission.
This movie has had some terrific trailers, has a great premise and a superstar cast, and for me, this may just be my most anticipated film for the remainder of 2016, so the expectations were high.
Let’s start off with the pros here, and the biggest one of the entire film is Will Smith as Deadshot. Smith is great in the role, as he is consistently charismatic while also being awesome in the action shots. He is also the only character with which I felt any emotion with, as his backstory was pretty well handled.
I also quite enjoyed Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and I don’t like Jai Courtney in pretty much anything. Courtney brings some solid comedy to the group and brightens up the screen when he is involved. Viola Davis is also good in her supporting role as the woman who brings the squad together, as she plays an intelligent, powerful Amanda Waller very well.
Ben Affleck as Batman does make an appearance, and he is terrific in his short screen time, and I wish there was more from him in this movie. There is also a cameo from a different superhero that worked well, but I won’t ruin the surprise.
There are a few action sequences, specifically one involving Deadshot, that were pretty great to see, but the highlights are when the Suicide Squad members work together. Whether it was in banter back in forth or in a fight with an enemy, this movie works best when it gives us what it promises to in the premise.
Unfortunately, and I say this from the bottom of my heart, Suicide Squad doesn’t live up to its promises nearly enough.
Much of this film feels weighed down and overstuffed with too much backstory, too many characters to fit in, and too many story elements that make this movie feel like a complete and utter mess.
The pacing of this film just does not work, as too much time is spent on introducing the squad members and their backstories instead of using that time to develop them into legitimate characters. While I know these characters needed some introductions, there was certainly a smoother way to do it than they do it in here.
Margot Robbie looked to be an excellent casting decision, and in the trailers, she looked as if she was going to be phenomenal. It turns out that Robbie is simply okay as Harley Quinn, with some of her scenes paying off, but just as many of them falling flat and becoming annoying over time.
Even worse, Jared Leto as the Joker is a massive disappointment. Leto gets the whacky, crazy portion of the Joker correct, but fails to come off as intelligent or menacing in the slightest. It’s hard for anyone to compare to Heath Ledger’s brilliant take on the Joker in The Dark Knight, but Leto feels as if he’s trying to rip off that performance instead of trying something new, and it just doesn’t work.
Aside from Leto’s performance, this movie would go so much smoother if Leto’s Joker was completely cut out of the script, or if it was a much larger component to the story. His character adds nothing to the film, and he comes off as more of a poor distraction to the better movie whenever he comes around.
There is a character that becomes the villain in this film, and I won’t spoil who that is, but they are horrendous as the villain. This performance is incredibly over the top in all the worst ways, and with a confusing backstory to boot, I found myself rolling my eyes instead of being fearful of this villain.
When it comes down to it, Suicide Squad is not nearly as fun as it should have been. There are moments I liked here and there and overall it is not a terrible time while watching, but there are also so many flaws that cannot be overlooked. The unnecessary use of Jared Leto’s Joker, the truly terrible villain, the mess of a plot as well as the poor pacing makes Suicide Squad easily the most disappointing film of 2016.
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