Suicide Squad Movie Review

“At its core, Suicide Squad is a love story.”

Another DC film has been released by Warner Bros and yet again the internet has erupted with fanboy paranoia and harsh criticism. Suicide Squad has been getting hammered by critics. Ultimately all that matters are a few simple things. Did it do its job as a movie, did it deliver the type of movie advertised, and did it have a good story. Suicide Squad is not without its flaws, but it mostly checks off all of those requirements. So is the latest film in the new DC Universe really as horrible as has been claimed?

The beginning of the film was a little choppy. Perhaps some of those rumors of editing trouble in post production have some truth to them. Suicide Squad has a bit of a slow start. Lengthy flashbacks are used to introduce most of the characters. However, with so many characters to introduce, this is understandable. Once the members of the team are introduced, the film truly begins.

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Image from Cinemablend

I’ve been anticipating this film for a while now. I’ve made speculations that it would compare to Guardians of the Galaxy. Suicide Squad is no Guardians of the Galaxy; however, the two films do share a common trait. Both movies do have a certain charm to them. If you enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool, you’d probably like this movie too.

At its core, Suicide Squad is a love story. All three main characters are dealing with their own tragic love stories. The plot is very basic and the villains are one dimensional and bland. It is the characters and their subplots that evaluate this movie above mediocrity. Each character seems to have their moment in the sun. And while there are clearly throw away characters, a good balance is maintained for all the main characters.

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Image from Empire Online

Margot Robbie played an amazing Harley Quinn. She nailed the spirit of the character. Despite how the movie performs, this will not be the last we see of her Harley Quinn or Leto’s Joker. Speaking of Jared Leto, his Joker was great. I did not find it better than Heath Ledger’s Joker, but it doesn’t need to be. This version of Joker fits perfectly in the world DC has established. As mentioned there certainly are some thrown away characters that the film seems to make abundantly clear at times. But the true star is Viola Davis. She is the embodiment of Amanda Waller.  I really hope we see her again in that role.

Is Suicide Squad perfect? No it is not. If you’re looking for an intellectually engaging take on the dynamics of heroics and villainy (which could have easily been explored by such a movie as this) Suicide Squad is not the film for you. The tone was light hearted and almost playful from the very beginning, letting the audience know that this wasn’t going to be a serious movie. Suicide Squad can be fun and entertaining as long as you don’t take it too seriously. While I can understand some of the complaints against Suicide Squad, at the end of the day it’s a fun flick.

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