Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

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Featuring an ensemble cast, and based on the DC Comics series of the same name, 2016’s Suicide Squad is the third film is the DC Extended Universe and directed by David Ayer. The film stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, and Cara Delvigne as June Moon, all part of the eponymous Squad put together by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to tackle otherworldly threats following the emergence of Superman. But lurking in the shadows is the Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker himself (Jared Leto), who may have his own plans for some of the squad, Amanda Waller, and the city itself. When things get bad, you’ve gotta send in the bad guys.

+ the main bulk of the action is enjoyable, it has to be said. The primary players – Deadshot, Harley, Rick Flagg and El Diablo – get time to show off their powers (or beat things with a baseball bat). By the end of the film you’ll feel for at least some of the team, in one way or another
+ much of the plot remained a mystery to me before going in (as I had only watched one or two trailers) which was a refreshing change. With no preconceived notion of who the antagonist was or any twists or turns which may arise, I was able to enjoy things more as they happened, rather than waiting for certain things in particular

– the first half of the film is edited with such rapid cuts it was almost like a series of trailers stuck together. Various shots of each character set to a licensed song almost seem like they should have been pre-release YouTube ads to introduce audiences to the team – which is not a horrible idea in of itself, but having them start the movie made it feel like I was being advertised something I was already seeing
– similarly, once the second half begins, we are thrown right into the action with very little in reasons to care about the squad itself. Even a (not so surprising) “shocking” moment falls kind of flat due to it’s lack of importance
– the film hardly touches on half of the main team; Boomerang, Croc, Katana and Slipknot, as well as Scott Eastwood’s Navy Seal character (whom I am not sure was even named), do not seem to warrant any personalised film segments such as Deadshot and Harley get. Boomerang in particular seemed to get the most reaction from anyone in my (Australian) cinema, but he was still thrown to the wayside
– the soundtrack was well chosen, but very obviously intended either to give the film the same vibe which Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy had, or to rip segments of the movie as-is to make shorter trailers

> in-universe, it was pretty stupid of Amanda Waller to select a crazy chick and a drunken Aussie to be part of her team which is supposedly meant to take down a rogue Superman. What would either of them even do?

Should you see this film: As it currently stands, no. Hopefully DC movies won’t fall into a habit of being only worthwhile viewing once they are given extended editions, but you can be almost certain one will be released for this. Wait for that, and even then maybe wait for some word of mouth (or wait for your favourite MoshFish Review) before wasting any money.

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