Much in competition with the onset of the superhero movie frenzy, the DC Cinematic Universe is undoubtedly setting us up for something big. It has given audiences two films so far, namely Man of Steel, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. With few of the comic universe’s mythology being messed around with, both films are high- octane, edge of your seat action films that are both very well made. 2016 brings us Suicide Squad.
The movie begins in the aftermath of the previous film. With known of metahumans (people with powers) becoming known to the general public, the government seeks to gain allies/soldiers knowing that any future threats to the world many be with the usage of superpowered individuals. They recruit/bargain/blackmail a group of already caught villains do the work of the government, and are sent in when a threat arises that could potentially destroy the world.
The introduction before the main storyline occurs is admittedly slow, but for a good reason. A film like Man of Steel has Superman, a character a great deal of people are already familiar with, and so the fast paise of that movie is justified in that we as an audience don’t need as much exposition on the character. But this film took its time in introducing our rag tag group of villains as they are a group many people (even comic fans) may not be as knowledgeable enough about. It takes its time, but quick dives into the story head first, and doesn’t look back.
There is a danger to the casting of many talented stars film such as this one. Talents tend to collide if; the writing is bad, the acting is off, poor editing, etc. But the group as it was casted for the film was right on the money. Each acting very much how their comic book counterparts would’ve acted. Will Smith does an excellent job, as does Margot Robbie and the others. Top marks on the par of the actors. A job very well done.
As for the part of the Joker, this was tough cookie to crack. Heath Ledger left such a strong mark on the character in The Dark Knight that it would be easy to see how difficult it would be for any actor afterward to take up the mantle of the clown prince of crime himself. Leto’s craziness pay off in spades. How the Joker is written into the story perfectly weaves itself into the plot without totally overshadowing anything else presented. Leto in undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with.
The film overall has an extremely chaotic tone, particularly in the second half. So it would be easy to see why this would leave some people into not enjoying it. But in a way, that’s where its true creativity lies, in the chaos. Remember, these guys are not heroes. They’re villains, and the style of the filmmaking, the acting, the directing, all constantly remind the audiences that key factor. Hopefully we will see this group (or individuals of it) appear in later DC films. All in all, a chaotic awesome movie. A terrific addition to the ever growing genre of superhero (villain) movies.
Final Score: 6.75/10
Directed by David Ayer
Will Smith…………Floyd Lawton/ Deadshot
Jared Leto…………The Joker
Margot Robbie…….Dr. Harleen Quinzel/ Harley Quinn
Joel Kinnaman……..Rick Flag
Viola Davis……………Amanda Waller
Jai Courtney…………..Digger Harkness/ Captain Boomerang
Jay Hernandez………Chato Santana/ El Diablo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje………Waylon Jones/ Killer Croc
Cara Delevingne…….Dr. June Moone/ Enchantress
Adam Beach……….Christopher Weiss/ Slipknot
Karen Fukuhara………Tatsu Yamashiro/ Katana