Suicide Squad Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, David Ayer and DC movie fans

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Suicide Squad Movie Synopsis

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.
Suicide Squad CastU.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Suicide Squad Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***

Suicide Squad Movie Review:

I didn’t catch this film as a premiere, nor was it my first choice when the movie first came out. But the 2 extreme views – critics claiming how shitty it was and so fb friends exclaiming how exciting and fun it was – got me curious to see why the vast difference in opinions. I was prepared for a lousy film, so I’m glad the film performed better than my low expectations.
Suicide Squad TeamSo why do fans like it? It’s an anti-hero movie, a refreshing change from the current saturation of superhero-themed films. The characters were badass-funny, and they pretty much try to go against orders if they could. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is the female Nick Fury recruiting her squad. Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) were the few stronger characters which made the fast-paced action comedy fun to watch.

Suicide-Squad-Harley-Quinn-TeaMost people love Harley Quinn. I wasn’t exactly a fan of her before watching this movie but I had to admit that Margot Robbie nailed the role. She’s crazy but not irritating (to the audience). However, her twisted relationship with Joker (Jared Leto) shown as a backstory was so choppy and poorly developed that it made her obsession weird. The romance between the Clown King and Queen of Crime could easily become a proper film to allow the audience understand why she’s so into him rather than showing meaningless toxic sludge scenes and unimpressive battles with Batman. There’s where the critics come in. We love the characters but we see the mess. 

SUICIDE SQUADLet’s just say, Suicide Squad is trying to be fun like The Avengers without the individual (anti)hero series. While The Avengers have plenty of backstories of the each hero, such as Captain America, Iron man, Thor and Hulk, for audience to understand their characters, Suicide Squad has none. It somehow became DC-version of X-Men: Apocalypse. While there’s plenty of girl power in this film, such as the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara), they were underused and the ensemble was weak. Aside from Deadshot’s and El Diablo’s stories, I couldn’t sympathise with anyone else.

suicide-squad-enchantressThe girly side of me loved the Enchantress’ costume. But without the sound effects, she looks like a belly dancer doing some dark rituals. I’m going to skip the plotholes because superpower stories were never meant to be looked at logically. It is definitely a huge improvement from Batman V Superman, but being 4 years behind Marvel’s The Avengers series, and near a decade behind the solo hero’s films, there’s plenty of catching up to do.

Do You Know?

Tom Hardy bane-dark-knight-risesTom Hardy was originally cast as Rick Flag but dropped out to due The Revenant (2015). Hardy had previously played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), who was a former member of the Suicide Squad in the comic books. Hardy later expressed his regret at leaving the role, given he did not want to lose the work.

Harley-Quinn Suicide-SquadIn May 2016, Warner Bros. announced that Margot Robbie would be producing and reprising her role as Harley Quinn in an upcoming Untitled Harley Quinn Project. Not much has been revealed about the project, but it is rumored to be focused on the female heroes and villains of the DC Universe.

suicide-squad-Killer CrocSeveral scenes of Killer Croc’s backstory were removed from the final cut, including scenes depicting his entire life as a social outcast due to his physical appearance and convincing himself that he is beautiful in his own way. Croc crossed paths with Batman while working as muscle-for-hire for numerous Gotham’s crime bosses, while secretly planning to take over one day. There were also scenes displaying his affinity for making sculptures out of discarded materials. Also deleted was a scene where he becomes sick at the helicopter escort to Midway City, throws up half-digested pieces of goat, and then eats them again, disgusting the nearby Navy Seals.

jared-leto-jokerJared Leto got so immersed in playing The Joker that he sent his fellow cast members “Joker-like” presents: a live rat to Margot Robbie, dead pig and bullets to Will Smith, a soiled Playboy magazine to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and a dead hog, anal beads and used condoms for the whole crew. Jared Leto chose not to re-watch the performance given by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008) because he felt he needed to form his own version of the character and did not want to copy or lift material from any previous film version. The dead pig that Jared Leto sent is actually seen when they’re doing the feeding sessions to the inmates as they a drop the dead pig into Killer Croc’s cell.

will-smith-suicide-squadTo prepare for his role as Deadshot, Will Smith shaved his head and spent time training with Navy SEALS and Army Rangers, practicing firing a Glock 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle. The actor turned out to be a quick learner, particularly with long distance shots using the AR-15.

David AyerAccording to sources, David Ayer was under unbelievable stress to deliver a final cut ahead of schedule in order to make the August 5, 2016 release date. There were different editors and conflicting ideas on the tone of the film. And after the lukewarm response of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice by critics and audiences, the Warner Bros. executives demanded reshoots for certain scenes in order to interject humor and a light-hearted nature to contradict the gritty and violent tone of David Ayer’s original cut of the film.

will-smith-jada-pinkett-smithBoth Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, were the first real-life couple to portray Batman villains in Suicide Squad (2016) as Deadshot and Gotham (2014) as Fish Mooney respectively.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out Suicide Squad Official Website and Facebook Page!
Suicide Squad is out in cinemas on 4 August 2016.

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17 thoughts on “Suicide Squad Movie Review”

  1. Pingback: Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review | The Epiphany Duplet

  2. With Will Smith involved in this movie, certainly, it will make a big deal! Never knew he was nurturing a movie to debut so soon. I need to get and relax with this movie with friends.

  3. Exactly for the same reasons I didn’t watch this movie. Not very good reviews I have heard of. Preferred Bourne over this.

  4. Planning to watch this film because it has a new unique concept in movie making. Well, it entertains moviegoers – for some – but for other people, it sounds negative. Villains are ready to give their unique-style in acting. Fernando Lachica

  5. People are going gaga over this movie. sad to say I haven’t found time to watch this. I have seen the trailer and I am curious if how good the movie is.

  6. I enjoyed. I did not know these characters so I just had fun with the film. I like Margot Robbie as Harley, and yes, she deserves her own movie than just Jared as Joker. It should be a co-starring film for the two of them.

  7. There’s always a conflict with the fans and the critics when it comes to DC films, it seems. I personally haven’t watched the film but I look forward to seeing it.

  8. thewhimsicaltales

    I watched Suicide Squad yesterday. I would give the movie 2/5 because the movie didn’t live up to my expectations. After watching Heath Ledger as a Joker, I can’t find anyone nailing the role as he did. I still couldn’t accept Heath Ledger has passed away. Jared Leto was pathetic, the backstory was pathetic and Margot Robbie was “good” but she could have done better. Rest of the cast sucked except some funny moments that lifted the mood. The best super villain was ofcourse Enchantress, but the movie ended so abruptly that it was difficult to tell what was the purpose of the film.

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