Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Film Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: HBO Now
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

" excellent way to kill two hours."

A secret government agency recruits some of the world's most dangerous criminals to form a task force of supervillains in order to stop a powerful threat.

Suicide Squad is another addition to the annual barrage of superhero movies we receive. However, in this case, we're following a group of supervillains. The plot follows intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) as she forms a group comprised of supervillains in order to fight other metahuman threats after Superman's death. Her group consists of: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, and Slipknot. They are led by Colonel Rick Flag, who is joined by Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Oh, and The Joker (Jared Leto) is in this, too. Anyway, some things go wrong and a city goes under siege. The Suicide Squad is sent to fix things. There's more going on in the story, but, to keep this review short, I won't get into everything. It leads to a solid ending, though.

Suicide Squad is a fun and exciting film. It's a breath of fresh air for the superhero genre because it obviously follows the supervillains. Although some of the characters have less depth than others, the cast shines in this film. This vibrant cast of supervillains keeps you hooked thanks to their personalities. It tells you something when the villains are more likable than the good guys. In terms of action, there are plenty of shootouts, brawls, and superpowers; there are plenty of explosions, too. The action is balanced well with the humor. Some of the humor is dark, some of it is lighthearted. It got me to chuckle and smile a few times.

Suicide Squad isn't perfect. I should note: I watched the extended edition for this review. Even with the extra runtime, the plot still feels flimsy. The Joker is in this film, but his role is minuscule, which is very disappointing. Two hours is a good runtime for a film, but it's not enough for a movie like this. The cast is too big, so some characters are left with only a minute or two of background. Due to the runtime, I also felt like the actual villain of the film didn't have a strong enough presence. The villain, 'The Enchantress,' is flimsy. I liked the climax with her, but she just didn't leave an impact because her scenes happen so fast.

Like I already stated, the cast was great. The characters were interesting and engaging. Will Smith performed well as the leading man. Margot Robbie was a lot of fun. Jared Leto performed well as The Joker, too. I know his performance was one of concern due to Heath Ledger's previous performance as the character. The film was shot well, The soundtrack was okay. Some of the music was catchy, some of it was forgettable. It clearly aimed for a certain style, but it often came off as inconsistent. The film was written and directed by David Ayer. Ayer's writing and direction were okay. He clearly had a vision, but he needed to fine-tune it. The plot was good, the pacing was fine, but it needed room to breathe and flourish.

Overall, I really enjoyed Suicide Squad. It's by no means perfect, but it was a fun and engaging experience. It has plenty of action, humor, and style—even if it often comes off as slapdash. It's an excellent way to kill two hours.

Overall: 7/10
Parental Guide: Violence and blood.

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