Review: Suicide Squad
Before the release of Suicide Squad, there was a lot of hype behind it due to the antics on set by Jared Leto as he got into his character of the Joker and also the first time that popular characters such as Deadshot and Harley Quinn would be adapted to the big screen. That being said, the trailers did a great job on selling people on the idea that the film would be indeed good. However, trailers don't make a good film. Suicide Squad fell flat on it's characterizations, dialogue and plot. There have been multiple reports of the studio getting nervous after the lukewarm reception to Batman vs Superman and wanted Suicide Squad to be a more light hearted affair in reaction to that. Thus plenty of reshoots and certain scenes had been cut from the movie. It is a shame considering when I watched the film that it seemed as if I had been watching multiple movies at once.
The plot follows Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) who wants to start a project known as Task Force X in response to a sudden rise of metahumans that could terrorize the Earth in lieu of the death of Superman. With his fall, there is a lack of a defense against these metahumans so her Task Force X would be the team that is best suited to fight against these threats while also leaving the government zero responsibility if things go wrong. This group is promised a reduced time on their prison sentence. The main players in Task Force X are Deadshot (Will Smith) who agrees to Waller's plea largely due to the fact that he wants to redeem himself to his daughter. Then there is Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) who secretly is using the Task Force to get out of prison and back into the psychotic arms of her boyfriend, The Joker (Jared Leto).
Ultimately the film suffered from a weak plot, an overuse of slow motion and being exposition heavy. By that I mean that instead of showing us how "bad" the Task Force is, we'd have Waller or Deadshot constantly saying, "Don't forget, we are the bad guys." or "We're bad guys, it's what we do." We get it, they are bad, even though the things we see them do don't even seem that bad. The weakest point of the film could ultimately be the Enchantress as largely she is sitting at the epicenter of a large blue beam shooting up into the sky making human beings turn into some sort of mindless monsters for some reason we are never told about all to provide some sort of army for our protagonists to fight off against, similarly to every other action film nowadays. Another issue into the Enchantress is that she is a very weak villain, every good villain has a good motive for their actions and hers ultimately is she wants to be revered as a God while she sits on top of a perch while she does this weird hula hoop motion with her hips. I said it before that this film felt as if it was multiple films at once which is probably at fault due to the fact that their were extensive reshoots and a lot of film left of the editing room floor. At one point the film feels like soldier film in the vein of everything else that writer director David Ayer has created. Another point it feels like an alien invasion film thanks to the magic of the Enchantress, on the other hand it also feels like a film dedicated around Harley Quinn and the Joker. Point being, all of this leads to being an unfocused film with horribly cheesy dialogue that falls flat.
If I were to say anything positive about the film, I would have to praise Margot Robbie for her portrayal of Harley Quinn. Harley is an incredibly difficult character to portray without coming off as if you are over doing it, but yet she found the perfect amount of crazy but also still infusing some heart into her performance. You see throughout the movie this want for affection and love from The Joker which may be a bit of her previous self where she was Dr. Harleen Quinzeel peaking through. Will Smith did a good job of playing himself as well. I say that because he was not Deadshot, he was not a bad guy. It maybe due to the fact that Smith has so much charm that it is almost impossible to perceive him as a bad guy but ultimately he wasn't a bad guy. Multiple times he could have done something to hurt others in his group, but instead he took the high road. However, he was truly Deadshot, he would burn the person next to him if it meant he could see his daughter yet we did not see that in this movie. We saw Will Smith as Will Smith, which will help sell tickets. Jared Leto as the Joker will be a major talking point when it comes to this movie and to me he did a good job in the role, even though he had a very small role in the film. Yet, the advertisement for the film will lead you to think otherwise. As the Joker, Leto was a bit terrifying, even though there was no definitive Joker moment that he had he did enough that made me want to see more of him playing the Clown Prince of Crime which is ultimately all that was needed. It is just a shame that his role was so small and I feel as if that his character is such a beloved character that his part in this film should have been more then just that of a psychotic and abusive boyfriend.