Suicide Squad Review

It was reasonably enjoyable. It wasn’t great, but it could’ve been.

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Here’s where the majority of the population has a beef with the movie — the trailers that preceded the movie created a sense that the Joker would be the villain of the movie, and the rest of the super villains (the Suicide Squad so to speak), would be the heroes of the movie. Turns out, all of the Joker you see in the movie, you’ve already seen in the trailers. There are no other Joker scenes save a couple. Nada. Zilch. He’s not the villain of the movie. In fact, he’s not even in the movie.

This feels like such a betrayal because for the past couple of years, we’ve been hearing non stop about how Jared Leto in his latest foray as a method actor, has developed a new unique Joker perspective. We’ve seen Jared Leto take on the Joker perspective to a whole new level — he’s sending his co-stars uses condoms, he’s terrifying them, Will Smith says he doesn’t like Jared Leto anymore because he’s crazy and this one’s my favorite, Jared Leto is showing up at a children’s hospital dressed as the Joker and in character, in Lincoln, Nebraska where he’s scaring the bejeezus out of the under treatment children.

And then, he wasn’t even in the movie except for the 5–7 minutes that he was.

So now that we’ve got the Joker out of the way, let’s talk about the rest of the cast. Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie was absolutely brilliant. I think DC should do the right thing and give her her own standalone movie franchise. Will Smith as Deadshot was spot on as well. The rest of the cast did reasonably well, and that perhaps is what is going to be the saving grace of the movie because when you get to the plot of the movie, things start unraveling pretty quickly.

It’s about Amanda Waller, a high ranking government official running the ARGUS (Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans) program who decides she can assemble a band of super villains (Suicide Squad) who will then go on to fight potential enemy meta humans (think Superman but one who’s deeply against humans and this world). One of the members of this group is called Enchantress (played by Cara Delevingne) who, because she’s a witch, can basically do whatever the fuck she wants, and that’s exactly what she does. She can teleport, transport, transform, create an army, destroy the human race, and that’s basically her goal. And surprise, she goes rogue and out of Amanda Waller’s control!

And the rest of the movie is basically the other super villains trying to fight Enchantress and her power. But the essence of the movie doesn’t come through though.

It’s a movie about super villains, and yet here they are, and you’re rooting for them, and humanizing them and wanting them to win. In actuality, David Ayer the director, should’ve taken a look at Netflix’s House of Cards. That too is about a villain in the form of Frank Underwood, and yes you root for him, and want him to win, but you also hate him and despise his ruthless power grabbing plays which leave a sick feeling in your stomach. You don’t really hate the super villains in Suicide Squad though.

If Suicide Squad had delivered that kind of an experience, it would’ve been an example of a masterclass. But it doesn’t. It falls short. And for that reason, yes you should go watch the movie — it’s an enjoyable two hour experience — but you shouldn’t expect too much from it.

Rating: ★★★☆☆