Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad ★★

2016 Films Ranked
The DC Extended Universe, Ranked

The more I think about this movie, the more I hate it. I liked it on a first viewing but Suicide Squad definitely does not survive a repeat viewing, and it basically feels like somebody got loads of actors to star in a series of music videos cut together in an attempt to create a story.

Unfortunately, that's where things start to go wrong. Firstly, let's get this out of the way, some of the cast are pretty great. Margot Robbie aces it as Harley Quinn with the defining performance of the character. Will Smith is Will Smith, and he's having loads of fun as Deadshot. Joel Kinnaman is good as well as Rick Flag, the soldier sent in to keep Robbie and Smith's villains in line. He answers to Viola Davis' Amanda Waller, and they absolutely nailed her casting with Davis really stealing the show in her scenes. And hell, even Jai Courtney, who I usually loathe, is good here as well playing the twisted Captain Boomerang. But sadly, that's about it.

Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood and Adam Beach are just sort of there but then we get to the biggest offenders of the lot, Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne. Leto is a method actor and I usually don't like method actors, and here Leto is basically the definition of trying too hard. All that talk about his character was only for fifteen minutes of the Joker? If that? He basically has an extended cameo. And Cara Delevingne is pretty terrible as well, leaving her attempt at the Enchantress undesired. So it's safe to say that casting is a bit hit and miss.

Does anything else work? Well, I liked the soundtrack. Even if it is near-constant and uses pretty much every song that you'd expect, I can't simply ignore any movie that has The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Animals, Black Sabbath, The White Stripes, Norman Greenbaum, Queen and Sweet (the latter in the trailers) and give it minus points for the music. But despite this, I wouldn't have minded if they'd have gone for less over more here, especially when I don't think we lose the music until about halfway through the film.

The plot is thinly stitched together and uses the same, cliched endgame of a giant hole in the sky that literally every other blockbuster movie nowadays uses, and the end result is unfortunately a cluttered and uninspiring mess that maybe would have benefited had David Ayer been able to tell his own vision rather the sloppy, cut version that we got here. We all need to look at Fury to know what happens when Ayer can do movies well, but unfortunately that wasn't the case here with Suicide Squad, which underwhelms and can't quite be the saviour that the DC Extended Universe needed it to be.

Bring on Wonder Woman and Justice League, though.

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