Funny yet badly-scripted, horrifically-CGI’d, crowded, and poorly-casted with the exeption of Will Smith’s Deadshot & Margot Robbie’s role of a lifetime Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad is a mercilessly-bad attempt to bring the original villains-turned-heroes team to life. 3.2/10.
Plot Synopsis: At Belle Reve black site prison, Suicide Squad follows a group of incarcerated supervillains who are let off their leash by head of A.R.G.U.S. security prison Amanda Waller in order to combat threats too heavy and supernatural for ordinary people to handle.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Official CLC Review
Antiheroes or villains-turned heroes are a common trope in comic book TV, films, and media now. It wasn’t always this way, though, and 1959’s groundbreaking introduction of DC Comics’ original supervfillain team is the slab of innovation on which one of the most omnipresent characterization routes was taken. Now, 50+ years later, there’s a film – and, unfortunately, its as bizarrely-executed and all-over-the-place as its predecessor DCEU flick BvS.. but much, much worse. Funny yet badly-scripted, horrifically-CGI’d, crowded, and poorly-casted with the exeption of Will Smith’s Deadshot & Margot Robbie’s role of a lifetime Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad is a mercilessly-bad attempt to bring the original villains-turned-heroes team to screen.
First, the pros: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was literally perfect she captured the tone and insanity of her perfectly, and Will Smith’s Deadshot was amazing too and stole the show. Batman and Flash cameos were unbelievably cool too and were highlights as well, especially Batman’s action and fights which flow better and as good as I’ve ever seen form batman in a shared batman universe. The character vignettes were expertly crafted and gave a cool backstory into each of the villains and were effective introductions that blended cool cameos of the heroes like Batman and The Flash in as well. I also really liked Amanda Waller, different than Arrow’s portrayal of her but not by much and painted her as the same vindictive cruel woman. The fight scenes were great overall and jokes were hilarious too, had me laughing the whole time.
Now the bad, and it certainly was present: I absolutely despise Jared Leto’s Joker. He is weird, cringy, and looks like an emo teen wearing lipstick with braces instead of the absolutely horrifying and perfection Heath Ledger established in The Dark Knight. Even in the TV universe with Gotham (see review here), Morena’s Jerome captures the spirit and madness of Joker way better than Leto, which is saying something and shows there are way better Joker actors out there that may not have the name recognition of Leto but are better for the perhaps the most legendary villain role in cinema. I also found the story to be kind of weak, with the inclusion of things like zombies which were completely unnecessary and made no sense. I liked Enchantress, but I understand why people don’t because they made her just act through the zombies and her brother, both of which were poor choices in my opinion.
There were too many characters thrown into the mix from the get-go, resulting in crowded screentime and a lack of character development. Also, I do notice this darkened color scheme and mise-en-scene now in all three DCEU movies, which I think is unnecessary and creates a dark aura that may be what is turning some critics and average viewers off. Also there are many comic references like classic suits of joker and Harley which keeps real DC fans like me happy but are confusing or even missed by average moviegoers and DC needs to rely on pure storytelling instead of just appealing to fans’ knowledge if they want to establish a movie universe. There is an earnest lack of a plot and character development.
Official CLC Score: 3.2/10