Film Reviews: Suicide Squad
Suicide squad is a highly anticipated comic book film where a US Intelligence officer puts together a plan to assemble a team made up of the worst of the worst. Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and others team up, against their will, to fight The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) who is trying to take over the world.
A disappointingly thin plot line drags this movie down as it relies on the popularity of certain characters (The Joker, Harley Quinn and Deadshot) to carry it through to the end. Although it was nice seeing The Joker AKA “Mistah J” he really felt like a spare part that could have been cut from the film entirely had it not been for the Harley Quinn back story. Seeing more of Killer Croc would have been nice as him and Captain Boomerang were the funniest things about the film. There was so much forced humour in this film – most notably the cliched “clear my browser history” line *yawn*. Other than that this is a fun film.
Margot Robbie is, naturally, one of the stand out performances as Harley Quinn. There was a lot of pressure on her to get the character right, and she did a great job. Maybe it’s because there wasn’t much of him and I didn’t get a chance to know his portrayal, but Jared Leto as the Joker didn’t do it for me, perhaps if he reprises the role with more screen time it would be better. Most performances are great, particular stand out is Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Cara Delevingne’s performance as The Enchantress fell flat in my opinion, but I am sure she did the best she could with what was given.
There is some good editing, and fantastic use of colour in the film, but nothing too impressive. Any film that relies on special effects and characters alone is going to be a bit boring and that’s what it was. If anything a whole film of Harley Quinn’s backstory would have been a lot better received because the best bit about Suicide Squad was seeing everyones backstories after that it feels like that’s all we’re given to get to know the characters and the rest is all about senselessly fighting, not that the characters had a choice in the film, but the writing could have been a lot better.
Don’t let this put you off. This is a very fun and moderately entertaining film, just a bit of a disappointment from such a highly anticipated flick.