by Diana Vaccarelli
*If you haven’t viewed this film yet be warned this review may contain spoilers!*
The villains of the comic book age have now become the heroes in Suicide Squad. The U.S Government gives a team of supervillains the chance to do some good in the world. Lead by Deadshot (Will Smith), the villains are tasked to save the world from an evil, ancient power.
- The performances and characters are very well done. Will Smith as Deadshot brings a humanity to the character through the tenderness of Smith’s interaction with Deadshot’s young daughter. We see what he fights for and why he chose to accept the government’s offer. I also absolutely loved Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. She brings humor and honesty to the crazy and made me wish I had a bit more Harley in me. Way to go, Margot!
- The characterization in general is so well written and directed by David Ayer that I found myself relating to all of them on some level.
- Similarly, the chemistry between the actors is fantastic. You feel as though they are becoming a real family.
- The visual effects are top notch. One scene with Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and his transformation into a fire demon is truly chilling to see. (Sort of pun sort of intended.)
- In case you are wondering why I haven’t said much about the plot, it’s because that’s the one place the writing lets us down. I have no idea what the plot really was, or why the aforementioned “evil, ancient power” is doing what it does.
- Jared Leto as the Joker. Sadly, instead of coming up with a new take on the character, Leto essentially mimics Heath Ledger’s performance from The Dark Knight. I found this quite disconcerting. It seems to me that if you are going to mimic a performance you should also have the same look. But Leto is a clean cut Joker who doesn’t have the scarred appearance and sense of horrific insanity that Ledger had.
If you’re a comic book and superhero film fan, who can forgive a couple of unfortunate lapses, Suicide Squad should be right up your alley (especially since the Joker is barely in it, and let’s face it, we all know just about every comic book-based plot anyway.
HAPPY SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SEASON!
Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE