Evil Movie Review: Suicide Squad
Last Thursday night I went to see Suicide Squad (SS). All in all, I liked the film. It passed my all important “How many times did I look at my watch” test with a score of 0. It was fun to watch and most of the characters were interesting. SPOILER ALERT! Although I will try to avoid too many spoilers, there is a chance there could be some minor ones.
Although the movie is about the creation of the Suicide Squad team, it focuses most of it’s time on Deadshot (played by Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie). The film also spends a decent amount of time defining the character of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), preparing the character’s role in the upcoming Justice League storyline. Waller’s background is not the focus, but rather her characterization; we learn who she is through her actions. This is something that I generally prefer (one of the things I liked most about Hunger Games actually). I like when a movie shows me who a character is, rather than trying to tell me.
Although not my favorite version, SS’s Joker (Jared Leto) was a good addition to the movie. Although his appearance is anything but subtle, his characterization is toned back a bit. I could see how this might bother some people, but this movie is not about him. He is only there to support Harley Quinn and help the audience learn more about who she is. The Joker has been updated to reflect the current image of a gangster. He is less 1940’s Italian mobster and more 2010’s inner city gang.
This movie does feel like it was influenced a little too much by other movies. The relationships between the characters and the soundtrack have a very distinct Guardians for the Galaxy feel. I know that they also changed some of the movie (not sure which parts exactly) after the negative reviews of Superman vs Batman (SvB). In general, this may have been a good thing. My major complaint with SvB was how tedious it was. The story in SS was no stronger than BvS, but the movie was far more entertaining (and let’s face it, that is the whole reason we watch movies in the first place: to be entertained). The characters were lively and well acted, the the story moved along with little unnecessary plot. They did not spend a lot of time setting up future movies save for Wallers character (who also drove the plot) and a during credit scene.
To sum up, SS is a fun movie. If you are looking for a deep story with great social commentary, look somewhere else. If you want to be entertained for a couple of hours watching a group of villains being manipulated by “good guys” who may be worse than they are, see Suicide Squad.
Posted on August 8, 2016, in Evil Movie Reviews, Movies and tagged Batman, DC, DC Comics, deadshot, evil movie review, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, movie reviews, Movies, Suicide Squad, The Joker. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.