Suicide Squad (2016)

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Genre: Action & Adventure

Director: David Ayer

Running Time: 123 minutes

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman and Karen Fukuhara

Marvel has carved success through their arsenal of awesome superheros, but now DC can carve a slice of success for themselves with its arsenal of the coolest set of supervillains  and that is why Suicide squad is a success for the DC cinematic universe.

Suicide Squad sees a bunch of common and unknown supervillains of the DC universe assembled into a super-team by Machiavellian Argus agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to fight a meta-human threat, that has emerged since the arrival of Superman and when Midway City is the centre of an ancient witches lust to destroy humanity and Waller’s ‘Suicide Squad’ are sent in to save the day.

The team comprises of villains Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Diablo (Jay Hernandez). All six of these dysfunctional and unique villains show impeccable chemistry on screen and when you add in their leader Colonel Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and their anti-escape guard Katana (Karen Fukuhara) you have a wonderful gang of misfits. But as you watch the gang in action, you get a sense that Deadshot is their unofficial leader and father-like figure. Whether its provide support for Diablo to unleash his powers or to provide some advice for his fellow members, he acts like their father and they seem to accept that.

Will Smiths portrayal of ‘the most wanted hitman in the world’ is wonderful and is cool under pressure when it comes to delivering headshots. Smith also gives us another side to the Deadshot character, a father of not only the gang but of his daughter Zoe, showing Smith truly is the master of playing the father figure in movies, as we have seen in the Pursuit of Happiness and other movies.

Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney fly the flag for the Aussies, showing we truly are a badass nation and a bunch of misfits at heart. Robbie’s Harley Quinn bounces and skips around the screen and has these witty one-liners that are characteristic of Harley Quinn and she shows that she can bash a few heads in with her baseball bat. We are also shown her history with the Joker. While Courtney’s Captain Boomerang is the stereotypical Aussie, portraying a rough Aussie who can take enemies out with the flick of a boomerang, whilst also having time to swig a few tinnies on screen and like Harley can provide some truly wonderful one-liners.

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The ‘Suicide Squad’ in action (source -Warner Bro’s)

David Ayer (director of films such as Fury and End of Watch) steadies the DC ship after the tidal wave of negativity that has plagued recent DC films, such as Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman. He creates chemistry between all the cast allowing him to give the villains an equal share of the light (except for Slipknot).

For most part Ayer does a really good job with the film, but I’m not sure why there was a need for extra shooting, was there something that need to be fixed up or was it to add some more jokes into the film? Well it didn’t really pay off when it came to the final edit.

The early stages of the film are riddled with scrappy editing and flashbacks placed in odd spots and some real random cameos from DC Superheros Batman (Ben Affleck) and Flash (Ezra Miller). The beginning seems like it doesn’t flow and it just seems real clunky and rushed to be put together, where you get around 40 to 50 minutes of explaining about the squad and its past, which I have to admitted is needed for newcomers, but the main plot isn’t really kicked off till and hour through and you a left with a what the moment when it finally happens. The narrative structure isn’t the strong point here but it is picked up by action packed scenes throughout the second half of the movie which make up for it.

We also get a little sub-plot throughout the film, which features everyone’s favourite king of crime, the Joker (Jared Leto). The plot features around a side of the joker we have never experienced, a Joker in love. Through flashbacks we are treated to the history of Harley Quinn and the Joker’s love affair and it is truly a welcome sight to see two psychos fall in love.

Leto’s joker is vastly different to Heath Ledgers representation of the joker in the way that Leto’s Joker is smooth talking, blinged up gangsta, while still providing the audience with examples of his trademark slo-mo cackle and out there insanity of the joker.

Suicide Squad lacks a decent villain for out anti-hero squad to fight. Enchantress is a weak villain who plans to destroy the world and conjures a mythical underground world destroying power that is easily stopped.  I wouldn’t have minded her being beefed up more and creating something that is worthy of sending in a squad that may die anyway and would make it more satisfying to see the squad fight a more powerful villain.

Besides its poor villain and shaky start, Suicide Squad is a good steadier for the DC ship and is something for David Ayer to be proud of. Ayer brings in an awesome set of actors to play some truly out there villains and balances it with some heroes,  providing a truly awesome comic book movie and one to kick-start DC into creating some more movies to match Marvel.

 

The Front Row Opinion

★★★★

 

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