Nate Richard’s review published on Letterboxd:
David Ayer's Suicide Squad is a total mess, I'm just going to get that out of the way. Though I'd be completely lying to you if I said I didn't have a total blast with this. Most of the characters are fun, the action scenes for the most part are exciting, and there was never a moment where I was bored. It just doesn't come fully together as a MOVIE.
The characters are for sure the best part about Suicide Squad. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is spot-on casting, she puts in just the right amount of crazy and cuteness that makes the character so beloved. Will Smith's Deadshot is basically just Will Smith. That's not a bad thing at all, actually it's something I loved about the film. Smith and Robbie help bring the lightness to this rather dark movie. Viola Davis is fantastic as Amanda Waller (Is there even a movie where she's not great?) and is yet another perfectly cast character. Jai Courtney actually is good here (I know right?) and Joel Kinnaman is quite solid. Another highlight is Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, but I just wish we got more of him in the movie.
Jared Leto's Joker is good enough. He's not the best onscreen Joker we've seen, but really I shouldn't compare him to the other's as he's a totally different animal. Though his dynamic with Robbie's Harley Quinn really is what makes his Joker really work. The fact is, he's not even in the movie that much, well not nearly as much as the marketing has led you to believe. Speaking of wasted, don't expect much at all from Adam Beach's Slipknot or Scott Eastwood's character.
The movie itself is a blast, it's very paced and there was never a second I was bored. The action for the most part is fun to watch and certain scenes even got cheers from my audience.
One of the main problems with Suicide Squad is poorly edited, filled with continuity errors and sloppy scenes that don't necessarily fit in with the rest of the film. There's also certain scenes that are unnecessarily sped-up or in slow-motion.
The villain, Cara Delevingne's Enchantress, is absolutely terrible and out-of-place from the rest of the film. I honestly think this film would've been much better if the main mission was something different and not focused on Enchantress.
Some of the characters feel a fair bit wasted (Slipknot, Katana) and I wish we could've spent more time with some others (El Diablo, Captain Boomerang).
Overall, is Suicide Squad as bad as critics are saying; hell no. But is it a good movie overall; well that's kinda a mixed bag. It's not exactly well-made but it does it's job as a superhero film, which is to entertain.