Squad Rules: A Suicide Squad review.


Directed by: David Ayer

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Cara DeLavingne, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnerman, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jared Leto

NOTICE* I try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible but their may be some references to plot points that may be considered mild spoilers, reader discretion is advised.

Plot: After the events of Batman Vs Superman, A government agency puts together a team of dubious moral character to combat the possibility of another meta-human threat.

Suicide Squad looked like the real deal, a sure thing even. A trailer that had every fan boy worth his salt whooping in expectant joy for what promised to be the ultimate in comic book movie fan service. It was a VERY well edited trailer to give Warner Bros credit. Now’s the part where you expect me to start trashing ‘the skwad’ yeah? Sorry, not happening. This film was FUN! Sure it wasn’t perfect, it felt a little flawed, there was some very suspect editing going on that left parts of the film feeling a little disjointed, past that I personally kinda struggle having issues with it, I was having too much of a ball. 

The assembled actors in Suicide Squad all pretty much own their roles. Predicted scene stealer Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is delightfully deranged and full of demented glee. It is refreshing to see a new take on Harley and Robbie knocks it out of the park, Couple with that her undeniable chemistry with Leto’s Mr J and were on to a winner, Her Harley Quinn frickin rules! It’s clear to see why she has already been greenlit for a spin-off. 

Will Smith does an equally fine turn as Deadshot, full of sardonic wit and quiet menace, and surprisingly the emotional grounding in the film for his connection to his young daughter. Like Harley, he certainly deserves to return for another spin in a future DC film as he was pretty spot on.

Cara DeLavigne hams it up sufficiently as Enchantress, very over the top and expressive, however she is probably the weakest link in the cast. Not that she isn’t capable as an actor, she is, it’s is more the fact that the part just wasn’t that strong when stacked up against everyone else.

Viola Davis cuts one of the most impressive turns in the film as Amanda Waller, a role so duplicitous and ruthless it required an actor of stature and chops to convey successfully, Davis excels, probably the most unlikable person in the film and that’s testament to her slaying the part.

Jai Courtney provides some decent comic relief in the form of Captain Boomerang and would certainly be welcome again. 

Jared Leto as Joker is a pretty impressive turn for a first go, definitely no Heath Ledger beater but by no means as bad as some reviews have stated. He is used as much as he is needed to be and not over milked which I think was a wise move. He gels well with Robbie’s Harley and I can’t wait to see the two of then reunited on screen. He will definitely be welcomed back when he inevitably squares up to the bat in a future film.

As much as I liked Suicide Squad, I do think the film has been interfered with. Some of the editing in the film is incredibly clumsy and heavy handed and smells very much of studio intervention, intervention that would have probably never have occurred if it wasn’t for the rather loudly mixed response to BVS and WB panicking. David Ayer can hold his head high and ignore the quite frankly suspect reviews that have been cropping up trashing the film. Hopefully Squad will receive a directors cut on its Bluray release as it felt like there was possibly more we weren’t seeing.

So there you have it, in my humble opinion you should go and check out Suicide Squad and you should do so with an open mind because if you do I think you may be pleasantly surprised.

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