The much-anticipated DC movie, Suicide Squad, at last, hit the theaters, and as expected fans thronged to see it. Though, post its release, there has been no shortage of hoopla surrounding it. We take a closer look at why this isn’t such a bad movie after all in the Suicide Squad film review.
Suicide Squad Film Review – The Story
Suicide Squad‘s story is, well, so uncomplicated that you can practically shut off your brains and wouldn’t still miss a beat. As the chief of A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans), Amanda Waller promises the supervillains a reprieve from their prison terms in return for joining the Task Force X, aka the Suicide Squad. Apparently, a few of them are not too keen on it, but eventually give in. Ultimately, this leads to a showdown with the baddie (I will refrain from going into that bit not wanting to give away too much). Voilà, that’s all there is to it!
Suicide Squad Film Review – The Positives
Will Smith is the star of the show. To be fair, though, his character, Deadshot, is probably the best etched-out from among all of the supervillains. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is kick ass in this movie; exuberant and diabolically funny she lights up the screen. Harley Quinn’s past life featuring the Joker, played by Jared Leto, is one of the highlights. Besides that, Jared Leto, who plays his role rather well, hasn’t much of a part in the film. Finally, there’s Viola Davis, who portrays the cold and hard-hearted Amanda Waller so well, that through the movie, you quite dislike her. Also, the soundtrack is one to look forward to with some great classic rock numbers.
Suicide Squad Film Review – The Negatives
Apart from Harley Quinn and Deadshot, the rest of the supervillains fail to impress much. They lack enough substance for them to interest you with their actions onscreen. Captain Boomerang, Diablo, Killer Croc, and Katana all suffer from a lack of character development. Although Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flag isn’t entirely convincing in the softer bits, overall, he does well in the action sequences. The latter goes for the film as a whole too. While the supervillains are not exactly ramping it up, the main antagonist is also a bit of a letdown. Not entirely convincing, a more menacing adversary to the Suicide Squad would have done a whole lot of good.
There aren’t any memorable takeaways from Suicide Squad, apart from a few scenes involving the Joker and Harley Quinn and Deadshot.
The Final Word
If only the filmmakers had focused a bit more on developing the story with more engaging characters, it might have upped the overall quality. As it is, Suicide Squad isn’t a dud. Far from it, the film will entertain you. However, it is best if you don’t expect too much from it.