A Suicide Squad Movie Review

Suicide Squad is a popcorn action movie, no more, and no less in the same genre as action movies like London Has Fallen, and definitely not better than the latest Jason Bourne.

Suicide Squad is a movie with Supervillains doing what should have been the Superhero’s work. You could see how screwed up things would get from a mile away while watching Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller sell the idea of using Supervillains as weapons to fight off the next metahuman threat to the U.S. Government. Ironically, Suicide Squad’s band of criminals had none of the angst, nor character friction of Nick Fury’s Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy or The A-Team. That said, Suicide Squad is a movie you don’t watch for the insane plot. Suicide Squad is a movie you watch for Will Smith’s well flesh out Deadshot, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who was simply sexy crazy perfection.

Suicide Squad had funny moments, mostly driven by Robbie’s Harley Quinn. but make no mistake, this is not an action-comedy that the trailer might suggest. This isn’t a fun movie. This isn’t like a misfits movie Guardians of the Galaxy. This really is a movie about Supervillains saving the day because they were forced to do it.

Suicide Squad isn’t so bad as the critics say, if they were honest about it. If the movie had a crappy plot, Suicide Squad at the very least tried to find some redemption in character development, with three character arcs attempting to show that even super villains can love. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was spot on. Likewise Will Smith’s version of Deadshot was great as well, and I’d like to see both in future instalments.

There were other memorable characters. Colonel Flagg, the flawed Special Forces field commander of Suicide Squad who fell in love with Dr. June Moone. It was also excellent to see perfect portrayals of Killer Croc, and Katana. It was also nice to see Captain Boomerang on the team.

For some reason, Leto’s the Joker didn’t quite feel right for me. Perhaps, I simply didn’t care enough for a cartoonish version of the Joker. He wasn’t scary real as Heath Ledger’s Joker. Perhaps, because the latest Joker in my head was the nightmarish superhuman Joker that Scott Snyder penned in his Batman: Endgame run. In Suicide Squad, Leto’s Joker is more gangster than sociopath, more… human rather than supervilliany. What more, Leto’s Joker served only as a prop to humanise Robbie’s Quinn, if only for that one second in the film. I don’t think it was Leto’s performance, but more of how this Joker was written.

Suicide Squad isn’t a bad film, as many critics say it was. It wasn’t Fantastic Four bad. The cinematography wasn’t as dark, and brooding with garbage for a soundtrack as Batman v. Superman. The movie was violent from start to finish, and the R-13 rating was well deserved. This is not a movie you bring kids to, for the really adult theme. That said, the characters were true to their comic book form, and it was like watching a comic book. I watched the movie at an odd time, and the crowd while far from the comic book crowd of fan boys and girls, was laughing at the jokes.

I was expecting to find as critics pointed out that the movie was badly edited. It wasn’t. It wasn’t awkward or disjointed. It really had the most cartoonish of plots, and there isn’t much to go about it, but you don’t really expect an action movie to be of Oscar material, do you? Again, this really isn’t a movie you go see for the plot, but as a fan, I loved how Deadshot and Harley Quinn came to life. Suicide Squad is a popcorn movie. Go see it. It is a must see again — if only for Will Smith’s Deadshot, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.