Ted Santi’s review published on Letterboxd:
Here’s for one teeny tiny step in the DCEU.
Suicide Squad is better than Batman v Superman. Admittedly that isn’t saying much. There were some genuine moments of fun, however they ended up being too few and far between for me to give it a positive review. I have to be honest, I was LOVING the first twenty minutes. Seriously it freakin’ rocked, and if the rest of the movie was anywhere close to being as good I’d be giving this a rave review. What disappointed me was that the tone almost completely changes once we jump into the plot. As the film progressed it just got worse and worse. By the end of the movie it seemed like they were trying way too hard to make it fun.
I felt for the most part the overall performances were decent. Jared Leto’s interpretation of the Joker intrigued me, but unfortunately he wasn’t given nearly enough screentime or overall purpose in the story. Margot Robbie looked great as Harley, but her attempts at humor were very hit or miss. In the end though, I’d say she satisfied me. Will Smith as Deadshot gave the best performance, and his comic relief landed more than Robbie’s. Weird as it is, my favorite Squad member was Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Although his arc was shit and some of his motivations didn’t make all that much sense, I found that he was the most fun to watch. Oh and Viola Davis knocked it out of the park as Amanda Waller. Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag was interesting to watch, if you like watching paint dry. Also, the soundtrack: 10/10.
As I said earlier, this movie just gets worse with time. The editing during the action sequences can best be described as headache inducing. It was almost like watching a Michael Bay film. Not only that, but it seemed like every five minutes I noticed a new plot hole. If this were some throwaway action film I wouldn’t mind as much, but DAVID AYER wrote and directed this! The screenwriting felt extremely unprofessional especially coming from someone of his talent. This is a movie that the filmmakers should care about considering where the DCEU films stand among critics right now, yet it all feels so unfinished. I spent the third act just wanting it to be over, and when it ended I breathed a sigh of relief.
Despite all that, there were some very entertaining moments throughout, and it was clear that there was a good movie buried somewhere in this mess. It’s very possible that it was ruined during post production via studio interference, because I just refuse to believe that Ayer did all this on purpose. There were times when it seemed like the plot and tone were about to take a different, better turn. I felt like screaming out loud “YES! DO THAT! THIS IS BETTER”. Then of course they’d backtrack to the generic shit. I’m disappointed.
Overall this just didn’t feel like a complete movie. The editing and screenplay was straight outta Bay, but the performances and soundtrack were enough to make the movie watchable. Director’s cut?