Over the weekend I went to see Suicide Squad. Having not read any of the comics I knew little of what I was letting myself in for, but my girlfriend was excited to see it so off to the cinema we went.
Following on from the events of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, a secret government scheme called Task Force X is created. A group of supervillains all with their own unique set of skills are thrown together in order to take on a secret mission to save the world.
First off, I felt like I was being sold a different story with the trailers. To me, it seemed like Task Force X was going to do battle with The Joker as he tries to win back the love of his life Harley Quinn but that was not to be. Instead we get some weird goddess and her brother who decide that they want to destroy all of humanity by building a machine and so it’s up to our group of supervillains turned superheroes in order to stop them.
The goddess is Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress and one of the most bizarre villains I’ve ever seen. She spends the majority of the film building a machine to destroy the world using here powers which involve doing some weird belly dance, shuffling around and speaking with a voice that is more annoying than Batman’s. This was by far the biggest disappointment of the movie and a real shame that there wasn’t a more iconic villain for the team to take on.
As for the Squad themselves, there was a mixed bag. Will Smith’s Deadshot was awesome and one of his more fun performances in recent times. This was old school Smith, it was like watching his Bad Boy’s character and although not all of his lines were great, the Fresh Prince was on fine, fun form.
Margo Robbie was the spot on choice for Harley Quinn, she looked amazing and I thought she came across as the sweet yet psychotic murderer perfectly. I’d really like to see a solo Harley Quinn movie showing us in greater detail how she came to fall for The Joker.
The biggest surprise for me was Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang. After seeing him in some dreadful roles it was great to see him in a movie where he was funny and interesting to watch, whether this continues remains to be seen.
The rest of the squad could have been awesome, but sadly wasn’t. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc looked great, but had some dreadful lines and enjoyed throwing people a lot. Flag was good at barking orders but didn’t really come across as a leader, maybe it’s because of Joel Kinnaman’s head looking far too small for his body, or maybe I’m just picky. The fire dwelling El Diablo, played by Jay Hernandez had arguably the most interesting back story and power, but instead was made in to a Mexican stereotype with a pyro problem. The last one is Karen Fukuhara’s Katana, a lethal assassin who carries a sword which holds the soul of her murdered husband, that’s about as interesting as she gets.
Oh, I almost forgot Slipknot (Adam Beach), but the fact he’s in it for about 30 seconds seems almost pointless to mention him.
The woman behind Task Force X is Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, who will stop at nothing to get the job done. Although she looks like a harmless government official, she’s in fact a truly nasty piece of work that will destroy anyone or anything that stands in her way. This was an awesome performance where I genuinely disliked her when present on screen and even annoyed me at how unnerved she was at some of the choices she made.
I thought Jared Leto was a great choice to take on the job as The Joker and after letting it all soak in, I still can’t quite make my mind up about him. I don’t think there was anywhere near enough screen time for him and the only part he really played in the film was helping Harley Quinn breaking from Task Force X. I liked his look, he was really creepy and can be a villain to remember but I need to see more from him, with a bigger plot, more time on screen and definitely more violent and crazy antics.
I loved the first 40-50 minutes, getting to know everyone, all their backstories and especially the coming together of the group. In fact, that’s my favourite part in most types of these films, my all-time favourite being Armageddon’s team montage. It was also fun to see a couple of Justice League members making short but sweet appearances. The second half we learn the main villains aim of wanting to destroy all of mankind, and from there it just gets a bit boring and samey. It was all repetitive and just a bit dull. I didn’t like the weird alien/monster creatures TFX had to battle and I’ve never known a film to a) have so many helicopter crashes and b) everyone survives them.
Overall I would give this a 2 out of 5, thankfully it was much better than Batman V Superman. The “new” DC isn’t quite there yet in comparison to Marvel but they are on their way. With Justice League in the not too distant future, I am struggling to see what part, if any, the Suicide Squad is going to play in this universe. I’d like a sequel but one with a much more menacing and relatable villain. I’d be up for seeing these guys make an appearance in Justice League but I doubt it’ll happen.
If you go and watch this, I can guarantee you a few laughs, but a lot of these may come at the expense of Cara Delevingne who sounds like a 13-year old boy who’s just hit puberty.
Thanks for reading.