A secret government agency makes the choice to recruit a group of supervillains to complete risky missions in exchange for mercy, which of course leads to chaos.
I had previously reviewed Batman V Superman at 6.3/10- a movie that caused many critics and viewers to express their disappointment with the Warner Brothers film. From the day I watched the 1st trailer of Suicide Squad I was excited. Many comic book fans were also sharing the same excitement as a new film provided many new characters (and some returning such as The Joker). I personally hoped and prayed that the Suicide Squad would be the film that Batman V Superman struggled to be. I mean, all three trailers for this film are in fact fantastic!
The film’s 1st act begins with many characters introductions (which is great for those who have no idea who these people are or for those who have never read a comic book). Our real main characters are Deadshot (A Bullseye Hitman for hire played by Will Smith) and Harley Quinn who surely needs no introduction (Australian Actress, Margot Robbie).
Other members of the Squad include:
* Killer Croc
* Captain Boomerang
* Rick Flagg
* El Diablo
This film has so many characters from the word go. I found quite a few lead characters sadly don’t get any real introduction or at least anywhere near as much depth as other leads. Some characters are introduced only by name and a simple byline and the viewer just has to live with it.
It breaks my heart to say it, but this film is far from perfect.
Without giving you any spoilers here are my 4 major issues holding this film back from being something incredible…
* The editing is some of the worst I have in a long time. Many shots don’t make sense, or worse don’t feel like they continue on from the previous shots (partially in the 2nd & 3rd act). We see shots with many people in one a frame who disappear in the next & then simply pop back in frame later on. During the film I found myself questioning “Umm…how did they get to a spot so quickly?”. Like Batman V Superman, I really hope we have a blu-ray extended edition that will hopefully explain things more in detail and not feel so out of whack at times.
* Too many stories going at once. While it was great to see The Joker again (this time played by Jared Leto), The Joker’s appearance actually interrupted the film’s story and overall plot. At times I felt the film would have been better as a pure “Joker & Harley: Love Story” and you know what, I reckon it would have been an awesome thing!
* The film’s villain (no spoiler) is terrible, dull, uninteresting. Enough said.
* The Soundtrack feels very last minute. The film does provide some classic music for fun (as we saw in trailers) but then randomly plays a track by famous artist Eminem. Unlike Batman V Superman, you won’t hear a well-provided music score to help with the film in any way.
Besides our leading core characters (Deadshot, Harley and the odd appearance by Joker) this film sadly doesn’t deliver anything tasty or anything else close to what was hinted in the film’s movie trailers.
Like Batman V Superman, I expect many viewers of this film will give this high ratings, claiming it is a great comic story brought to life. As a film itself, I will struggle to agree.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden