Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie,
Director: David Ayer
Another misguided and confused film from the writer/director of Fury. If you liked that film, this one will please you. Otherwise, the flaws in this film may leave you feeling cold.
Holding the major comic book villains in prison, the government develops a plot to use them as a weapon, but can these bad guys be controlled?
Since the big bad in this film is one of their own, it seems like the Suicide Squad is a paradox. One of their number is Enchantress, a witch-like figure from another dimension, who manages to escape and gain power, due to her being included in the Suicide Squad. So the Suicide Squad wouldn’t need to exist if it didn’t already exist. Confused, right?
The film shines when Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is onscreen, and Will Smith is an old hand at action and delivering a cool line, but the size of the group means that no one gets enough screen time, the film as a whole is exposition heavy, and the action sequences suffer from what I can only describe as softness. They’re poorly cut, so hits don’t connect with a snap and movements feel slow, the cuts labored. And the Joker plays a much lesser role than he really should.
On the whole, the film has fun moments, but just doesn’t really work. And there are some points about the way Harley is treated that I found really jarring and unnecessary.
See It If: It’s a franchise film, so expect several more of these, but on the whole, there are so many comic book movies there, you could skip this one and save yourself the dullness.