Suicide Squad, 2016

Directed by: David Ayer

Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie

IMDb

Suicide Squad was a bad movie. I did enjoy it though.

To be perfectly honest, I’m quite surprised at the depth of it’s shit-ness. The editing and directing were straight up bad, normally in bad super-hero films I don’t notice that kind of thing, but here the flow through the various moments is just rough. The writing too was sub-par; despite good performances by Will Smith and Margot Robbie, their lines often didn’t match their characters. Also, despite there being a little too much exposition, I often didn’t really know what the characters were doing or why.

There were things I liked, however. The universe building was actually pretty good, with cameos from certain DC characters used effectively to give the world a sense of personality and depth. Margot Robbie was a pretty spot-on Harley Quinn, and Will Smith as Deadshot had by far the best action sequences and the strongest personality. There were laughs to be had as well, mostly emanating from the stronger personalities in the film. The soundtrack was pretty fun, BUT amazingly it was very poorly used (another editing problem).

But here’s the big one, the bit everyone wanted to know about: The Joker was straight up bad, I didn’t like him at all. I can’t think of a single characteristic that makes the Joker great that takes form in this rendition. They missed the key point: The Joker isn’t insane, he is in full control, he acts the way he does because he believes “It’s all a joke! Everything anybody ever valued or struggled for… it’s all a monstrous, demented gag”. The Jared Leto rendition is just some insane dude. I really tried to give it the benefit of the doubt, accept the change and judge it on it’s own merit, but unfortunately even then the performance was just unenjoyable.

I have many more things to say about it, but this review has become long enough.

When it comes down to it, if you like comic book movies I’m fairly certain you’ll enjoy Suicide Squad, but I would advise everyone else to not bother.

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