Josh Hansford’s review published on Letterboxd:
Had Margot Robbie and Will Smith not been so charismatic and entertaining as Harley Quinn and Deadshot, I would have had absolutely nothing to care about in this movie. The introduction of the characters is entirely inorganic and while I enjoyed the soundtrack full of rock classics like Sympathy for the Devil and Fortunate Son, the songs felt a bit obvious if that makes any sense. Once the squad is assembled, the movie descends into a tired and overused save the world from destruction by a giant laser in the sky plot that wasn't even cool when it was used in The Avengers in 2012. It seems like the screenwriters either couldn't come up with any better ideas or they were forced to play it safe by studio regulations (most likely a bit of both.)
The jokes are sometimes funny I guess but goddamn am I tired of how every superhero movie has to be riddled with witty jokes and gags throughout to maintain a light tone. I don't care about all of the jokes, dammit, I came for some superhero asskicking and villainous mayhem. Not every superhero movie needs to be downbeat and grim but they also don't all need to be forced humor quip fests. I appreciate how Harley was funny and zany, while maintaining a layered darkness with her troubled relationship with Mr. J. However, I would have liked to see her character get a more satisfying story arc. Regarding Jared Leto's Joker, I really don't feel too strongly about his performance. He's a great actor and he was obviously committed to the role but I got the sense that he was trying too hard to be over-the-top insane and that's not at all menacing like Ledger and not at all comical like Nicholson. The action is entertaining enough but I really don't go to superhero movies to watch a bunch of people shooting each other. They're supposed to be metahuman but there ends up being an over-reliance on firearms which was pretty disappointing. Watching the Joker go crazy with machine guns (in multiple scenes) just isn't what I want to see from his character. The main villain is pretty lame and doesn't have a whole lot to do other than stand around while the giant laser in the sky charges up.
While most superheroes movies lately aren't great movies, I usually find myself immensely entertained nonetheless but that wasn't the case with this one. Suicide Squad actually made me lose interest within the first hour and it never really gained momentum from there. I wouldn't have a problem with the flashbacks if they were actually important to the story or if they were infrequent but unfortunately neither of those is true here. So while a few of the characters are really cool and fun to watch, there's not many redeeming qualities overall.
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