It was top of the UK box office for two weeks and no doubt you’ve seen DC’s latest attempt to rival Marvel already? For those that haven’t, here’s JABBERMANUK ‘SPOILER FREE’ review of the latest comic book movie to hit our shores, The Suicide Squad!
Ok, so it came as no surprise, this latest instalment in the DCEU, got ripped by the critics. Coming out on the back of Batman V Superman : Dawn of Justice (which struggled to live up to expectations), it was always going to get tough treatment from the critics.
Being a huge fan of this movie genre, I went to see this film with an open mind and left pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t actually, as dire as some would have you believe.
The film is set within the DCEU timeline after the recent events of BVS and your immediately introduced to Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), giving you the back story of the all the “worst of the worst” comic villains she can assemble, for a government led ‘Suicide Squad’ to save the earth from meta-humans and the like!
Each character gets a respectable amount of screen time (at this point) as you get an insight into the life’s of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and The Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), with Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara) as the government led duo, to keep all the ‘bad guys’ in check.
You could argue the intro, is the best part of the film! I’ll stop myself there before I go into spoiler territory regarding the storyline and plot of the movie but I find myself siding with the reviews on this matter.
I agree with the critics, the storyline could have been (a lot) better but overall, it delivered for me on action (Though the protagonists ‘army’ was lame!), humour (mainly led by Smith & Davis) and entertainment.
If you’ve seen trailers/ promo material re: the film, then you’ll know poster girl ‘Robbie’ is dominant throughout the movie and the fan favourite gives a shining performance as Harley Quinn.
Not only is her character the eye candy of the movie (semi-pornographic some reviews have stated-who’s complaining?!), but credit due, she brings Quinn to life with a naturalistic performance that brings the comic book character you grew up with in print/animations, come to fruition on the big screen.
You realise pretty early that the film revolves around (what become the two ‘leads’ of the movie), Deadshot and Quinn.
Smith delivers some good one liners and the unfolding relationships between Flag: Waller, Flag: Deadshot, Deadshot: Quinn and most notoriously Quinn: Joker, keep the interest – as you can only be intrigued to their outcomes.
Which brings us to Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker.
He was never going to be as strong a performance as Heath Ledger and you’d be mad to compare the two. All in all, though at times, stuttering and spluttering, I thought he gave a well-balanced portrayal of a somewhat younger, punk-rocker like Joker, whilst maintaining the dark and twisted edge of the cult Batman villain.
I don’t want to give any spoilers away but he did feature in the movie more than some film reviews had me previously believe.
The film does, unfortunately go on for a bit too long, no doubt due to the pointless stretching out of Deadshot’s storyline / role in the movie and his ‘Big dramatic slow-mo moments’. As much as you learn to respect Smiths portrayal of the ‘lead man’, it needlessly focuses on his personal storyline/role too much in the movie, in my opinion, neglecting the other members of the ‘team’ screen time, as a result.
All in all, it’s a good watch. No CIVAL WAR – don’t think DCEU will ever match Marvel, but if you love your comic movies as I do, it’s a worth the trip. You do leave wishing Warner Bros had the balls to make it an R rated film (its villain led after all!), to give it the much needed ‘darker’ edge it lacks. Smith’s character could of had a bit more ‘evil’ about him too (His ‘I’m not a bad guy’ image does start to grain on you towards the end of the film) but, it does what it always intended to do! It is no ‘Guardians’ but it introduces us to new characters in DCEU, as well as sets us up for a new Joker: Quinn solo movie no doubt!
JABBERMANUK STAR RATING (out of 5) :
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