Warner Bros. and DC Comics are on a rocky mountain top this year (2016). First, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, while successful, did not prove to be a hit for the two companies. Now, it seems like these two giants are coming off the slope with their latest effort “Suicide Squad”, a mash up of bad guys and gals trying to save the world. And how does the final product end up? Eh, it’s entertaining to say the least. While not as disappointing as “Batman v. Superman” was, “Suicide Squad” offers up some some unique promise, but falls short on a few things.
The government is looking for some bad people, to do some good work; in turn, these bad guys, will get time off in prison. Led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), she plans on creating a suicide squad that will do this sort of thing. This team includes: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Together, this team of bad guys, must take down a witch known as the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) before she destroys the world. Also, Harley is in connections with the notorious villain The Joker (Jared Leto), who does everything in his power to win her heart back.
There are numerous words to describe “Suicide Squad”, and good is one of them. For one thing, the cast does a great job with what they are given, especially from Smith, Robbie and Leto. There is also a nice balance of chemistry between all of the actors, and they all have something to contribute to the story. The action is quick, and fast, making the viewer appreciate what is happening. And speaking of, considering that this is a comic book movie, the whole film is fast paced, giving the viewer almost exactly what they want.
With that being said, there are some problems with the film; big ones at best. The story, while simple enough to comprehend, can be hard to follow. This is mainly because the story mostly focuses on Harley Quinn and Deadshot; most of the other characters get very little backstory, or a brief synopsis on who they are. This can also be implied to the character of The Joker who is barely in the movie. Another problem is that while the action is good, the editing is definitely an issue. Quick cuts and little time to react, make the whole film disjointed and uneven. And speaking of unevenness, the relationship between Harley and The Joker feels more at home with a romance, than it does in a comic book film. Finally, the main villain is kind of boring and uninteresting; there needed to be a better development for her.
In conclusion, while “Suicide Squad” isn’t terrible, it’s good by giving the audience a nice and different side of things. If only there were some major improvements, then the film would have been perfect. But right now, this film is somewhere down the middle. Warner Bros. and DC Comics are sliding down that slow an are almost tumbling.