Score: 4.5 out of 5
One of DC’s comic books has finally been translated to film in what may be nearly the best way ever; on-screen, we see amazing effects, a story involving global destruction, a city being destroyed by sibling witches, and a group of freed criminals strutting their stuff on the streets while wondering about their pasts. Throughout the majority of ‘Suicide Squad’, we get to know more about and possibly enjoy what may be DC’s best characters since Batman and the Joker (who both happen to be in the film in a few scenes). To be honest, I would love to see these characters, maybe not make appearances in other installments in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe, for short.), but in a sequel, if this film keeps bringing in the dollars.
I have disagreed with Rotten Tomatoes on some films with negative criticism; (‘Vacation’, ‘Ratchet & Clank’, and ‘The Boss’ to name a few.) and ‘Suicide Squad’ is one of those films with that same criticism that I don’t understand. I understand that the film takes about 15-20 minutes of the story to settle down and be consistent for these characters to finally get in the destroyed city, kick some supernatural creature ass, and become heroes for a chance to be citizens for ten years; I also believe that there are elements which make it a puzzle piece which connects the DCEU with Batman (Ben Affleck), The Joker (Jared Leto), and The Flash (Ezra Miller). But comparing it to this year’s boring and depressing ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’, I had more fun sitting through ‘Suicide Squad’ than I did through ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’. With the elements of the latter, ‘Suicide Squad’ seems as though it were a semi-sequel, but for the most part works as a stand-alone film if you go past those hidden non-subtle additions.
Our focus is instead on these criminals. We are introduced to Deadshot, (Will Smith) a hit-man for hire that likes to cheat people out of their money by asking them to put more money on his account, and lives by one rule: To never kill women or children; Dr. Harleen Quinnzel a.k.a Harley Quinn, (Margot Robbie) a psychologist who delved into insanity when being seduced by The Joker’s charm; Captain Boomerang, (Jai Courtney) an Australian jewel thief who mostly carries an energy drink with him and dreams of being free from incarceration; Diablo, (Jay Hernandez) a tattooed criminal with a dark past who was born with the ability to make fire which could incinerate groups of people; and Killer Croc, (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) a man with very little words, but full of scales that likes to hide and eat people’s faces for upsetting him.
Their unusual deformities and disorders catch the attention of Amanda Waller, (Viola Davis) who believes they have good in them. In comes Commander Rick Flag, (Joel Kinnaman) who tells them of a dangerous mission that will most likely kill them if they accept, but with dire consequences. This certain mission gives them a chance to be better people for their own reasons. Joining them are Katana, (Karen Fukuhara) a masked assassin who carries the sword that holds souls of the victims it kills, and Slipknot, (Adam Beach), a Steven-Seagal-looking Navy Seal. Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) is also in the movie; her part is underwhelming, but serves a purpose for the plot.
I really liked all the main characters in this film to the point where it was hard to determine which ones were my favorite. Deadshot and Diablo have emotional depth for their motivations which could make them favorites, but if I had to narrow it down to the three characters that stood out for me, they would be Harley Quinn, Katana, and Captain Boomerang. The performances of these three characters and how well they come off are enough to make them the most likable. I have to give credit to all the cast members, but I have to talk about Jared Leto as The Joker; I don’t see him breaking terrifying ground as both Heath Ledger in ‘The Dark Knight’, or Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’, but not only does he look the part and try to get into the role, but he was written to have a purpose in this film instead of being just a thrown-in DC character to remind you of its connection to the DCEU. As for the movie itself, I am not sure that it will bring hope for future DC films, but I do feel that if all else fails, ‘Suicide Squad’ will be the one to look up to when it comes to fun comic book movies.