Suicide Squad ★★½

I'm known for being quite vexing, I'm just forewarning you...
-Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie rises like a phoenix out of the ashes of mediocrity as Harley Quinn. She has now given the BEST comic to screen character performance of the entire "DC Extended Universe"... ok the competition for that title isn't exactly tough, but I don't care how good the next DC films are, it'll be hard top this. I do see how some might take issue with her wardrobe when compared to her male counterparts, but DCEU stands for "Dude-Bro Cinematic Extended Universe" so it's to be expected.

The rest of the cast... well Will Smith delivers as Deadshot. I was worried we were going to get the typical jokey "Blockbuster Movie Will Smith", which is entertaining, but would have been completely wrong for this movie. He still has plenty of one liners, but we get "Bad Ass Will Smith" here.

The rest of the cast were serviceable I think, no real stinkers in the bunch except maybe Cara Delevingne in some scenes. The charisma sucking black hole that is Jai Courtney was actually OK... as Captain Kangaroo.

For all the method acting bullshit we had to hear about regarding Jared Leto's Joker, I'll have to say that I was a bit disappointed by it. I didn't hate it. It was fine... but I still LOATHE his look and "Gangsta Joker". He looks like a crackhead. I hated the first pic I saw of Joker with the grill and self referencing tattoos... and "damaged" on the forehead. Seeing it in live action didn't help because that's where the "looks like a crackhead" comes from. Too me this just screams of desperation to be edgy, like something a 15 year old would come up with. When I read an interview with writer/director David Ayer that this look was inspired by the Instagram accounts of drug lords it told me everything I needed to know about the people handling the fate of DC characters in film. Performance was good though... no need to start #NotMyJoker... but then again I hate the "look"... argh.

The rest of the film is soooo mediocre. A film marketed on it's action and attitude ends up with no real memorable action sequence to speak of. The story is basically nothing headlined by a poorly written villain. It's like DC saw that Marvel was often criticized for poor villains and said "Screw that! We can top poorly written villains!" Seriously the climax of the film doesn't deserve to be called a climax. It's not horrid, but it dwells in the realm of average at best.

Also someone at Warner Bros obviously wanted to top Guardians of the Galaxy for soundtracks or something because there's a "hit song" that starts like... every god damn 5 minutes, in some cases LESS THEN 5 MINUTES! If you're making me annoyed at hearing Queen you are obviously doing something WRONG.

Best parts of this movie would be that Margot Robbie is in it and Jesse Eisenberg is not. As far as I'm concerned this is the best DCEU film to date. It's step in the right direction, a baby step maybe, but still in the right direction. Go see it for Margot Robbie and stay for... well Margot Robbie.

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