Marvel and DC are in their own war over their cinematic universes and DC so far has struck out with their first two selections. Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman were both solid meh films and based on the reviews thus far, Suicide Squad seems to be following its predecessors. But is the tale of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and co. like that of Batman and Superman or is it a solid film that’s just getting a bad rap? (Spoiler: I disagree with the critics)
Story: This is the weakest part of the film. The usual plot of Suicide Squad revolves around the government using dangerous criminals to help save the day. This film has the squad being called to stop the evil witch Enchantress and her big bad friend from destroying the city (which city…well it’s a city and I guess that’s the important thing). The plot involves some backstabbing, highly questionable government personnel, and some other comic book clichés to keep things moving, however as clichéd as it is, it works to keep things going. And I’ve certainly seen worse plots in a comic book movie.
Acting: There are some so/so performances in the side characters (i.e. Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag) and Viola Davis is good in some scenes and forgettable in others. But aside from that, the main cast is perfect. I truly believe that every character was cast perfectly; Will Smith is great as Deadshot, Jared Leto’s Joker is perfect for this universe (while not as good as Heath Ledger), and my god Margot Robbie is perfect as Harley Quinn. Nothing more should be said.
Presentation: The movie starts out a little odd when they introduce some of the characters; they display some of the character’s information on screen and it’s a bit jarring. However aside from that, the movie looks good. Additionally, the soundtrack is perfect. Every song matches the scene perfectly. Sometimes it’s awesome and elsewhere it’s campy but in a good way. It matches the feel of the movie and always keeps the film fun.
Effect: This is what a comic book movie should be. There’s action and comedy. Serious characters you can relate too (but not so so serious) and characters that are just plain silly. It’s a well done movie but never takes itself too seriously (something that Man of Steel and BvS did). I honestly don’t know what reviewers have a problem with. I agree with Kevin Smith and believe that this is what DC should have been doing from the start.
Other: In terms of engagement, I was pulled in from the start. In fact, I saw it in IMAX and was surprised to see that the usual IMAX pre-roll was custom made for the movie. It was a nice touch for someone who sees a fair number of movies. I will take away some points because of the target audience. My best friend recently pointed out that this movie seems to have been custom made for young male adults and I partially agree with that. While I think it can definitely be enjoyed by people outside that target group, I will say that it might not be as enjoyable for some as it is others.
Target audience and plot aside, this is the best comic book movie I have seen since Ant Man…ok that was only a year ago but my point is that Suicide Squad is a great movie. I wholeheartedly disagree with most reviewers. This is what the DC movies should have been from the start and I must say that this is the film to get the DC Cinematic Universe back on track.