Movie Review: Suicide Squad

I want to assemble a task force of the most dangerous people on the planet, who I think can do some good.

Written and directed by David Ayers, Suicide Squad is the is the third movie in the DC Cinematic Universe. Suicide Squad stars Will Smith as Dead Shot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

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After the events of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) plans to assemble a task-force made up of criminal meta-humans to fight their battles for them against super-powered entities.

The Good

The main thing that stood out in Suicide Squad was it’s lighter tone. Unlike Batman V Superman and Man of Steel, Suicide Squad offered more jokes and much to the movie’s credit, it worked. With the two hour running time, you never feel any dragging moments and for some scenes it’s entertaining.

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Some of the performances were great, mainly Will Smith as Deadshot and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. For a character who’s supposed to be villainous Will Smith gave Deadshot a lot of humanity, especially showing how much he loves his daughter, though at this stage it’s difficult to paint him as a villain. Viola Davis on the other hand was terrific as Amanda Waller. In a movie supposedly filled with super-villains she undoubtedly out shined them all. Her portrayal of Amanda Waller was intimidating and incredibly dangerous and without a doubt the star of the movie.


The Bad

Unfortunately the star power and the hype behind it can’t save this movie as the whole story itself was a mess. There’s very little cohesion on the squad and the script. Apart from Margot Robbie and Will Smith, you don’t care about the rest of the members in the Suicide Squad.

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Another disappointing aspect of the film is the main antagonist. Simply put, she’s dull, one-dimensional and unintentionally laughable at times. However the biggest disappointment was the film’s third act. Where it should’ve been the most exciting part of a movie, in this film it was quite the opposite. Every action sequence seemed to be covered with dust, rain and flashing lights making it difficult to see what’s happening. Not to mention several of the characters have gained new abilities and items without notice. In return took away any cohesive story telling this movie had.


Rating

Overall, Suicide Squad was another disappointing turn out for the DC Cinematic Universe. Though it still manages to help build that said universe, it barely fixed their main problem which is establishing characters the audience could care about. Even with the addition of The Joker and a cameo from The Batman, Suicide Squad still failed to impress.

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Several performances on the other hand were good even Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang was fun to watch. In the end there is still something here to enjoy, but fans of the comic books might find themselves disappointed by the whole film.

Good Bad 2.3/5
  • Will Smith as Deadshot
  • Viola Davis as Amanda Waller
  • Enchantress hand effect!
  • Lame Antagonist
  • Messy 3rd Act
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