Suicide Squad was without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2016. The buildup to the release date was filled with gorgeous character-posters, loads of fun teasers and trailers with awesome music and more goodies like stills, games and soundclips. Sadly, they should’ve left it at that, as the movie itself did not live up to the hype and the best bits were already shown in the multiple trailers.
The premise, for those who missed all of the above: a top secret government organisation led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) assembles a team of the most dangerous and crazy bad guys around who have nothing to lose. This ‘Suicide Squad’ has to help Waller with a secret mission. If they help her, prison sentences will go down or they will get perks during their time served. Decline, escape or fail, and they will die.
With a rotten score of a mere 25% at Rotten Tomatoes (for reference, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War which was released earlier this year has a score of 90%) all the citics agreed on this being, again, a shitty DCEU movie. Those guys just can’t seem to get it right. Which is a shame, since some of the fan favorite characters star in this film.
Jared Leto’s The Joker
One of those is without a doubt the Joker (Jared Leto) who gets way too little screentime. Rumour has it a lot of his material was deliberately cut and one can only guess why, since Leto delivers and his take on the Joker is one of the highlights of the movie. He is a scene-stealer. Another great character is Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the Jokers love interest. She is just as crazy, or maybe even crazier, than her ‘Puddin’ and is a delight to watch. The best oneliners and quotes are delivered by Harley. Hopefully Leto and Robbie will get their own Joker/Harley-film someday.
Almost all of the other actors do a great job as well, so it’s not on them this movie sucks. It’s a delight to see Will Smith play a semi-bad guy. Jai Courtney doesn’t get near enough screentime as pink fluffy unicorn lover Boomerang. Sadly, Cara Delevingne once again proves she can’t act at all. As the main threat to the Squad as the spooky Enchantress, this takes a huge toll on the film as no one will care a smidge about her character.
Suicide Squad: it’s Terrible
With mostly great actors and mostly awesome characters, it’s actually quite the accomplishment Suicide Squad turned out so terrible. But the plot is filled with more holes than a lace doily and is very predictable at that. To sum up just how awful it is without trying to spoil anything: at one point, exposition is needed about the mission. Will Smith’s character Deadshot then just happens to find a folder with information, which has huge stickers on it that say TOP SECRET. Yes, there is a ‘top secret’ folder in the film which you would expect to find in a children’s cartoon. A BAD cartoon. It’s not even a sarcastic top secret folder. Apparently, Amanda Waller, topbitch and planner extraordinaire, files ALL her information in said folder.
To end on a slight positive note: the soundtrack is a-ma-zing. But the fact that the soundtrack is better than the movie is accompanies, says enough.