Joey Days’s review published on Letterboxd:
I remember the first trailer a year ago had me and others hyped, and to get what we got, it just wasn’t enough. Suicide Squad was one of my most anticipated movies of 2016. That being said, The movie should’ve been a fun ride, but instead it SUCKED. Jesus Christ, what a mess.
Harley Quinn and the Joker were both fun, but Jared Leto as the Joker amounts to a super cameo. We get maybe ten minutes of him on screen, which considering how hyped up Leto’s performance was going into this, felt like a giant let down. Also, his occasional appearances detract from the smaller characters the movie is actually about, to the point you almost wish he wasn’t in the movie at all. Furthermore, the majority of the characters are boring and underdeveloped. Almost any of these characters could completely disappear and it wouldn’t matter in the slightest.
The action sequences are plodding and unimaginative. Characters spend a good twenty minutes walking around getting into gun fights fending off hordes of faceless, CGI minions. Yep, we get another world ending threat with a bunch of shitty CGI destruction because that’s apparently what everyone loves. These action sequences get old fast and are devoid of any sense of thrill or danger - shocking considering the man at the helm, David Ayer, is responsible for such raw and riveting action flicks like Fury and End of Watch.
Suicide Squad is quite simply a mess. This is an ugly movie, full of forced edits and storytelling. It’s a movie that sees a famed franchise in Warner Brothers/DC pathetically playing catch-up to Marvel rather than doing things at their own pace, and in the process, fucking up such beloved characters that deserve much better and so much more.