It’s very unlikely that you haven’t heard of Suicide Squad yet, one of the biggest films of this year, featuring a large cast, with some famous faces the film was released in the UK on 5th August 2016, to a rather mixed reception from plenty of different fans and critics, so I’m here today so share with you, my thoughts on DC’s latest movie. This article will contain minor plot spoilers for the movie but nothing too major, so read ahead at your own discretion.
Directed by David Ayer, and produced by Zack Snyder, and a large budget of $175 million, as well as a large marketing campaign that seems impossible to escape from, Suicide Squad has been extremely hyped, complimenting this is a great score by a wide range of artists such as Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, and Twenty-One Pilots. Most of the hype surrounding the film was understandable, due to major actors starring in the film such as Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Will Smith (Deadshot) and Jared Leto (The Joker). It looked as if it was going to be the biggest film of the year, and while I enjoyed the film, I don’t think all of the hype was justified.
For example, let’s take the role of Jared Leto as The Joker, he did a very good job, there’s no denying that, and for months before the release of Suicide Squad, I saw news over Social Media about how much Jared Leto went through to prepare for his role, and The Joker was often the main face on posters and trailers for the film. However, during the film, we saw much more of characters such as Harley Quinn, and while The Joker made a few appearances in the film and also contributed to the storyline, he wasn’t one of the main faces who we frequently saw on-screen, however for the time he was on screen, his presence was menacing and sinister.
The plot is not a bad one, at the start of the film most of the backstories to the characters seen within the film are shown to us and easy to understand, but for a while the actual plot confused me, I understood it to an extent, but it wasn’t always clear to me like it has been in other films I’ve watched recently. The plot summary given online says: “Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own….”
When I watched the film, the villain of the Enchantress wasn’t exactly what I expected, despite being the kind of movie that seems to shy away from realism a little, I was expecting more of a threat such as a terrorist group, or another villain, not something with the power to destroy the earth. The villain is a good one and helps to show the danger that Earth is in, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected, considering most of the characters, with the exceptions of Diablo and Killer Croc, don’t have any sort of superhuman abilities.
However, the characters are very good, with my personal favourites being Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Almost all of the main characters bring in a little humour to the film, create a more light-hearted atmosphere, and differ from your usual DC comic book stars such as Superman and Batman due to the fact that they have a much less professional agenda than most superheroes, which is a nice change to see. While a more humorous approach has been seen already in films such as Deadpool, Suicide Squad still manages to also use humour to present its character’s and make the film a little more enjoyable.
While it has more of a humorous image on the surface, it also helps to show deeper backstories into the characters, especially through the use of various flashbacks throughout the film. For example, Harley Quinn is one of the most recognisable faces in Suicide Squad, and despite her humorous and crazy actions in the film we learn about her “origin story”, how she became Harley Quinn, and how she ended up in prison. We also see something similar with Diablo, while he’s a more serious and laid back character, we learn about the tragic backstory of how he lost his wife and children, and why he is the more cool and collected character that causes him to be a less frequently seen face in most action sequences.
So those were my thoughts on Suicide Squad, I’ll admit it was a bit overhyped and not without its flaws, but it was definitely a good film that I’d be happy to watch again. It has a fairly good plot, excellent characters and humour, some great action sequences as well, it is definitely worth watching.