Directed and Written by David Ayer
Starting: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Cara Delevingne.
After a lengthy exposition of who is going to be a main character in the story, by telling us their stories with the least amount of finesse, a group of “villains”, plus Katana and Rick Flagg, have to go and rescue an important person from the middle of the city, where the main “villain” is developing a weapon to bring down humanity. The mediocrity used to explore this basic action plot, as well as the addition of mostly-bland characters, created a fun but insipid movie. I say the trailer was better than the entire work.
The movie should have been called “Deadshot and Harley Quinn, plus the other ones“, it would have fit the movie much more. The only characters properly introduced and given any exposition and convincing backgrounds were Deadshot and Harley Quinn, while the others were left as background noise or the occasional funny quote. The members of Suicide Squad were delegated to simply being there to aid the main two people. This is not to say I disliked that they were the center of the story, but the lives of the other characters could have been explored much more in order to make us care more for what happened in the story. At least make me dislike them, as they are suppose to be the bad guys. Instead most of them seemed misunderstood, rather than psychotic, and we are given more to associate with them than with the “good guys”, such as Amanda Waller. (Not that you’re suppose to like her either, but she is meant to be more bad-ass than evil, while the squad is meant to be people we hate but depend on.)
The thing that saved the movie, for me at least, was the diverse cast of characters, and the actors that portrayed them. Will Smith was fantastic, as he usually is, as was Viola Davis. Both of these actors knew how to get into their roles. It felt nice to see so many different people of colour being on screen. Even as some did not have the best representation they could’ve had, what they got was much better that some I’ve seen in other superhero films. My main issues with the characters came from El Diablo and Killer Croc, who were both portrayed as a gang-banger (which he was/is not in the comics) and a stereotypical black man. It felt extremely lazy to make these two have no personalities asides from what our minds can make up.
The other disappointment came from Katana’s minimal scenes and background. She is one of the most amazing fighting ladies this world has to offer, and her story is intriguing and shapes who she becomes. A quick description by Flagg mentioning her sword and why she is crying to it does not give her any depth, particularly since it is him speaking for her, rather than it being shown to us like some of the others characters got. Katana deserves better.
Also Jai Courtney was not bad in this movie, which surprised most people, me included.
The worst part of the film, aside for all the music that was used in scenes that made no sense, was the obvious plot and main villain. It was so generic that I was not surprised by anything that happened, not even a bit. Villain is that person? Yep. Who dies? Yep. Who is the person they got to save? Yep. Everything was basic, so I only kept watching because the actors were doing a good job with the poor quality writing they were given.
Many people disagree on the The Joker. It seems that quite a bit of people liked his representation and the couple few scenes he was actually in. I found him too uncharacteristic of the Clown Prince of Crime we know. The crazy was there, and the addition of tattoos made sense, but his relationship with Harley dug too much into emotion, showing he cared for her, to an extent The Joker as never dared nor felt before. It was not what I wanted, but he was in so few scenes that maybe when he shows up again, his development will be much better.
All in all, it was a mess of a movie, it held a lot of promise, but it lacked on all aspects. The ending was even more ridiculous than the rest of the movie, but the characters managed to somehow carry this soup. I hope the sequel will be better, since they spent so much time trying to set it up.