rebecca’s review published on Letterboxd:
So here's the thing... Suicide Squad is a pretty average comic book movie. As much as you don't want to hear it, this movie isn't that great.
I'll start with the good things about the movie. I really enjoyed the introduction to all of the squad members and how the movie tied in Batman and the Flash. (I'll talk more about that later.)
There were also some standout performances from the cast. Will Smith (Deadshot) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) give great performances probably because their characters have the most depth. Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) gives a surprisingly refreshing performance in the film. (Weird, right?)
Let's get to the not so good things. Probably the most prominent complaint is the PG-13 rating this film gets. I'll be honest with you, I believe David Ayer pushed this film as far as he could without getting the R rating. Does the PG-13 rating hurt the film? Definitely. All of these characters are super violent (ex. Deadshot and Katana), but we don't get the full experience of these characters with this rating.
Jared Leto's performance as the Joker was not my favorite, but it was better than I thought it was going to be. He's my 3rd favorite Joker. (Ledger and Nicholson take the top 2 spots leaving Romero in 4th.) He was also barely in the movie. So Leto, was it worth disgusting all of your cast members for your 10-15 minute screen time?
Cara Delevingne as Enchantress... hahahahaha. It was bad and laughable at most parts, very disappointing.
Other cons? The script is sometimes laughable (but not in a good way). Once the actual funny parts happened, there were only a few people chuckling. The CGI (especially involving the Enchantress) was not very good. Who could forgot the neon title cards throughout? Definitely not appealing to look at.
For the most part this was a fun film despite its flaws. (Keep reading if you want to hear me talk about Batman and the Flash in this movie and the DCEU.)
I loved how Batman and the Flash were placed in the film and the direction the DC films are going.
Batman v. Superman introduced us to the new Batman (but not in the usual way). In that movie, we are thrown into the world of the Batman that has already made a name for himself. The Suicide Squad helps continue that trend.
We see Batman capture two inmates and the Flash capture one. I love how we are thrown into the world of the heroes without seeing origin stories made into movies. Because of this, we are able to see story lines that we haven't seen before like in the upcoming Justice League (2017).