Nickpam’s review published on Letterboxd:
Suicide Squad is kind of like when you're wasted and you're not sure what you want to eat, so you end up eating pizza, Chinese food, tacos and ice cream, and it's amazing cause you're drunk. It's a mess, but for a comic book fan like myself, it's an enjoyable mess.
Considering I did a positives/negatives/in-betweens review thingy for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice I figured it would make sense to do the same for Suicide Squad. So, here it is!
- The Suicide Squad members themselves had wonderful onscreen chemistry, especially that between Harley Quinn and Deadshot.
- The performances across the board managed to be actually quite impressive, even with the lackluster script and incredibly wonky pacing/editing.
- In particular I loved Will Smith's Deadshot, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Viola Davis's Amanda Waller and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. With much love also going to Jay Hernandez for making hate and love Diablo at the same time. He really made me give a shit about a character that I had no knowledge of going into the film, and then I left loving him.
- As always, David Ayer's action set pieces are beautifully shot an executed to perfection.
- The squads costume designs felt like they were ripped straight from the comics and placed directly on screen. Come on, even if you hated the film you have to admit that they all looked incredibly badass!
- The set designs had that perfection balance of being realistic and gritty, yet still colorful and fun rather than being dull and boring.
- The Joker and Harley Quinn relationship. Often in the animated series, various comic runs and video games the relationship between Harley and The Joker is a very one-sided and abusive one in all honesty, and I'm happy to see that pushed to the side. This look at their relationship shows them a bit more as equally mad for one-another, and both of them presenting that unrelenting need for one-another at all times. Which I will take any day over the straight up abusive relationship that was in The Batman animated series. Also, I know The Joker does do a bit of torture on her so it's not all good, but it's a less aggressive relationship is basically my point.
- Great world building. I loved the squad and the actors involved with this film, so hopefully this leads to seeing more of these people and characters. I just hope that next time they will be in a much better piece of filmmaking.
- Jared Leto's portrayal of The Joker is going to be the biggest subject controversy when discussing Suicide Squad, and for good reason. I will say I don't think I got enough to form a complete opinion on this, but from what I did see I kind of dig it. I'm sure a lot of people will hate it, but I genuinely liked this new more thug/gangster inspired portrayal The Joker.
- The musical selection. While I did love the soundtrack as a whole, the use of a different song every 5 minutes did get old pretty quickly. As an audience member I felt like I was constantly getting bombarded with another hit song, and action montage every couple of minutes. This made for a fun ride, but it was a little overbearing.
- Some of the jokes crushed it, but a few fell flat...very flat. You could tell the studio tried to add a bunch more humor, and occasionally it was a tad too out of place.
- The introductions of the members of the squad. Some of the members were introduced in cool neat little ways, with dope info cards, and others basically just appeared. Like Katana literally just walks up and is basically like, "Sup...can I tag along". So I'm basically 50/50 on how they introduced the squad.
- SCRIPT! How many times is DC going to do this to themselves? They focus too heavily on making everything look so damn pretty, and try so hard for the action pieces to be so badass, that they forget to form any sort of coherent script whatsoever.
- Pacing and editing are also an issue because it's a DC film and those are just two aspects of filmmaking that they just can't figure out how to do right.
- Tone. On the one hand you have David Ayer's dark and gritty Suicide Squad, and on the other you have the studio's fun and lighter toned Suicide Squad. Which one did we end up getting? Neither. Instead we received a weird amalgamation of the two, and I just wish they chose one rather than try to do both.
- WHAT THE FUCK CARA DELEVINGNE?!?! Talk about overacting...shit man. I feel bad because honestly the worst part of Enchantress was actually that garbage ass CGI thing she was constantly surrounded by, but her performance did not help at all. She looked like an octopus flopping around up there man.
- All of the CGI surrounding Enchantress and her brother. Nothing much else to say here...that was just some 99¢ CGI.
- Generic final action set piece that we've seen in every superhero film ever, and it's getting really old.
I think that's all I have to say about Suicide Squad. I liked it, but didn't love it. Overall I'd say it was definitely a slight disappointment only because my expectations were set way too high. If you're a comic book fan I'd say it's definitely still worth the watch. I will most likely be seeing it at least one more time in theaters, so my opinion may change, but this is where I stand right now. I hope you enjoyed my extremely lengthy summary of thoughts surrounding Suicide Squad!