Suicide Squad Movie Review

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Here’s a movie I was insanely excited for. I absolutely could not wait for this movie, and as a huge yet casual DC comics fan, I wanted this movie to be one of my favorites of the year. I love the cast of this film, and I think that almost all of them have proved how talented they are in past roles. I also really loved the trailers. I thought the trailers were fantastic, and even though they all seemed to be the same, I still had a blast watching them. I also thought that Warner Bros. did an amazing job with casting for fits to the characters in this movie, so that made me even more excited. I also love David Ayer. I think he has done so well with movies like Fury and End of Watch, and he has proven to be a good writer by writing most of his films as well as movies like Training Day and The Fast and the Furious, which is a franchise I’m actually a massive fan of. Let’s see if Suicide Squad got me the much-needed awesome DC Comics movie I needed!

Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer and stars Will smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto,  Joel Kinnaman, and Cara Delevingne, and since I didn’t know a ton about the story, I’ll give the synopsis without giving away too much of the plot. With America in desperate need of help, they call on some of the most dangerous criminals in history to help them out. They are kept away from society, and have pretty much been isolated from the entire world around them. Among the dangerous inmates of the prison are an insane girl with a passion for someone just as crazy as she is, a master shot who never misses, a human crocodile who lives deep in the sewers, and more evil maniacs who have been deemed too dangerous to society.

I wanted to love this movie so bad. I wanted to walk out of this movie thinking it was going to be one of my favorite movies of the year. After seeing it, I have to say that I did really like this movie! I have a lot of positive things to say about it! First of all, I loved the cast chemistry. The entire cast worked so well together, and that’s most of what made this movie a lot of fun for me to watch. I especially loved the chemistry between Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and that’s not something that surprised me given that they had amazing chemistry in 2015’s Focus. Focus was another film starring Smith and Robbie, and they have been so great together in both movies they have anchored. That’s what really made the movie for me. I loved watching these characters and their antics with each other. An aspect of Suicide Squad that really worked for me was how much I emotionally connected with the main characters. They are really bad people, but it’s kind of cool to see the worst of people come together, become friends, work as a team, and do good for the rest of the world. Were they pitted against something even more evil than they were against their will? Yes, but it still had me emotionally tied to the characters who are just trying to do what they think is best in life. I also like what David Ayer did with the action in the movie. The entire second act of the movie is filled with great action, and it’s shot very well, very clean, and with the intentions of really showing off what all of these characters can do and what they are good for. It was cool to see who was the expert at what and why they were the expert. Every time Deadshot had the chance to show off why he was so highly dangerous, he took that chance and milked it for all it was worth. I thought that Margot Robbie did well showcasing her character, and as a fan of classic Batman animation, one thing I was worried about coming into the movie was the classic Brooklyn accent she has. Isn’t that right, Mistah J? Anyways, I really like what she did with the character. There are a few other characters who I don’t know a ton about from the source material, but again, one of the coolest things about team movies is when each member shows off what they bring to the table, and Suicide Squad nailed that!

I had a couple of problems with this movie, but less than I foresee a lot of reviews discussing. First of all, the first act of this movie is a very messy montage of the characters’ backstories, and while I found them interesting, there would have been much more creative and clean ways to cover all of the backstories. The way that everything is put together in the first act is all over the place. It is a colorful montage of just about nothing with popular music put to each and every single different cut. I mean, if I had a list of the songs used in this movie, there would probably be about twenty-five songs used, and I would bet that at least fifteen of those come from the opening act. There is just way too much going on with different styles, and the comedy doesn’t really hit its stride until the second act. The comedy in the first act feels very misplaced and almost as if the movie didn’t get comfortable with the tone until about fifty minutes in. Next, there are some editing errors in the first act, and it just goes hand-in-hand with the scenes that are mashed together. My next problem is with the villain. I won’t disclose who it is because even though the villain is exactly who I thought it was going to be, I didn’t know going into the movie. Anyways, it feels like the villain is just kind of in the background of everything desperately trying to be relevant. The most interesting part of this story was definitely not the villain, but every time the antagonist leaves the screen, I forget that it even exists. Like I said, it’s desperately trying to be a part of the story, and it just doesn’t work. Even the final battle and the action scenes with the villain are pretty awkward, and had the characters in the Suicide Squad not been so watchable, the final battle would have probably been unbearable. This is going to sound weird, but since Joker is such a big presence in everything in the world of DC Comics, I can feel him in everything that has to do with the dark universe that is Gotham. Even when Joker isn’t in a movie, comic, or television episode, it’s still a world where I buy the character of Joker and his existence. I didn’t feel him in this movie, and even as dark and evil as I can tell he is, his emotional and mental presence didn’t get me in Suicide Squad. He’s more of a clown in this movie than I would like him to be, and even though that insanity and craziness only feeds how scary he is, he still needs that dangerous, smart aspect, and I didn’t get the character’s mental twist.

Overall, I still really liked Suicide Squad, and it’s a movie I really enjoyed watching and will definitely watch again. What really did the trick for me in this film are the characters and the actors playing them. I loved all of the character moments and the way that the characters interacted. Will Smith and Margot Robbie absolutely killed it both literally and figuratively. Even the comedy worked for me after the first act of the movie. The first act of the film is where most of my problems lie just because of the way it was assembled and cut together in a montage of pop music past and present. Nevertheless, this is probably my favorite DC Extended Universe film, and I had a great time watching it. A little PSA: there is a mid-credit scene, and I thought that it was pretty cool headed into the big year of 2017 that DC has ahead of it. Don’t leave too soon! I’m going to give Suicide Squad a 7.2/10.

Will you be going out to see Suicide Squad this weekend? If you will, comment down in the comment section and let me know! How pumped were you for this movie? I should have a few reviews out next week for movies such as Sausage Party, Pete’s Dragon, and Florence Foster Jenkins, so be sure to stay tuned for those. As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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About Justin Lyons

Hey, it’s Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm