Suicide Squad (2016) Movie Review
Suicide Squad is the latest comic book film to hit theaters this summer, and it brings together a group of locked-up villains in a top-secret government mission to turn them on their own self interests and help the government fight crime and evil as unlikely heroes, as opposed to them committing crimes.
When the first teaser trailer for Suicide Squad dropped a little over a year ago, the film instantly became one of the most anticipated of 2016. There was something about the concept and characters that seemed so original and intriguing, so knowing that most of the critic reviews for this are trashing the film makes all of the excitement seem like nothing. However, don’t let your hopes down just yet because seeing this on opening night and leaving with a smile on my face made me realize how much this will please fans of the source material and comic book movies in general.
First off, you can’t have a fun comic book movie without a good director. David Ayer directs this film as well as writes it, and he does a pretty decent job at both. He succeeds best at making the bad guys of the movie so likable, in fact so much that we end up rooting for them. There are also some really nice character moments that I felt added to the film nicely. The action is also directly really solid and while not really that intense, is well choreographed and has a well balance of fluff and fun. The thing is, though, that his directing does fall a bit flat in terms of the story here. The story isn’t fleshed out very thoroughly and therefore Ayer can’t handle as many tones as the film has all together, which is why his directing isn’t as good as it is in other parts of the movie. However, it’s hard to imagine this film directed by someone other than him and he does a good enough job for the film he was making.
Since Ayer directs and writes the characters so well, the ensemble cast has to carry out the rest of the job and they do just that. In fact, the ensemble cast is probably the best part of the whole movie. The way their chemistry works off of one enough is really fun to watch and mostly everyone gives a good performance. The stand-outs (for me) were Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Everyone really owned their character and made it their own performance, they managed to make their villain characters someone we root for. However, the main villain of the film, Enchantress, played by Cara Delevingne, was really forgettable. Cara did a decent job with what she was given, but it’s not like the character did anything special or was someone special. It’s another generic villain. Meh. However, nothing terrible so it wasn’t too moronic of a part in the film.
DC Films are known for being very dark and gritty, so this film’s surprising amount of humor was really fun to watch. The actors and actresses managed to be engaged in a good amount of humor in their roles without becoming overly silly and moronic.
Also, the soundtrack was really fitting to the film’s tone and atmosphere. It added energy and it didn’t feel random at all. Nice picks.
As fun and refreshing as this film is on the levels described so far, this film falls flat in some areas. The thing is, as good as the performances are and the characters and the action, the story felt so generic and the film, in the last thirty minutes, became just so generic and predictable that it became a little moronic. It still was entertaining enough, and the last five minutes were clever and enjoyable, but it’s a shame this became so mediocre. It didn’t own itself like it did before, it was just a basic retread of most big movie finales.
Where this film succeeds best at is likability and just how fun they managed to make this be. Where it ends up disappointing is when it loses itself and becomes a bit mediocre.
However, this is still worth seeing for a very fun theater experience and I would still recommend it.
Suicide Squad is at it’s best when it’s fully functional with it’s character-based presence and clever humor from the excellent cast, and therefore has many solid elements. However, it’s worthiness dies off a bit in some of the film’s more generic and sloppy smaller parts that make this film not great, but it’s worthy enough to be good and crowd-pleasing.