Don’s review published on Letterboxd:
Suicide Squad. Where to begin?
The internet are fickle fools and, now that they’re done tongue-lashing Ghostbusters, they’ve swiftly positioned themselves (and their keyboards) towards the most hotly anticipated movie of 2016.
Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Will Smith have escaped mostly unscathed from the sheer, unadulterated hatred this film has produced but Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne and the rest of the so-called self-inflicted death gang have not been so lucky. Unlike Ghostbusters, however, I can understand the absolute storm of hate David Ayer’s film has conjured up. In fact, it’s just as frantic as the film itself.
The main problem people seem to be having with the film is the character development. There are several scenes of setting up motives and the usual etc. but only for the main players, i.e. Harley Quinn (every teenage girl’s new obsession, if Facebook montages to the soundtrack of a Melanie Martinez song being shared left and right is evidence enough) and Will Smith’s badass hitman Deadshot (but he loves his daughter!). It all feels a bit rushed, which is crazy considering how long the film feels.
Another criticism I have seen is that they didn’t know what the hell was going on. It’s not a pupil of the Tak3n school of confusingly fast editing but it’s not too far off it. The whole film feels like it has ADHD and a caffeine addiction; just completely madcap and balls-to-the-wall every fucking second of its runtime. This is an astute allegory but for anyone watching Celebrity Big Brother UK currently, it’s Bear. It’s Bear, but more likable.
Yeah! I said it. I liked Suicide Squad. Sure, the villain was completely awful and the trailers were totally awesome, so the expectations set were ultimately too high for a film of this calibre but I had a lot of fun. That aforementioned hyperness was also extremely engrossing to watch, and truly I was never once bored. I didn’t want my money back, I wasn’t thinking about the sorry state of cinema and I didn’t want to commit suicide (squad).
To finally come to the one thing people seemed to like about this film, yes. Margot Robbie was great as Dr. Harleen Quinzel and she provided a lot of the humour and heart of the film. The film looks great and the soundtrack is good and it’s going to make hundreds of millions at the box office so what does it matter if critics hate it and it’s a shit, more violent version of Guardians of the Galaxy, so long as it brings joy to someone. It brought joy to me. I find myself, once again, disagreeing with the general consensus and saying, in my best Harley Quinn impression, “Fuck the haters!”.
Margot Robbie - Harley Quinn/Dr. Harleen Quinzel