Saturday I went to see Suicide Squad. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Some said it was terrible. Others said it was good.
I found it highly entertaining. I have never seen the comic so there may be things that I found amusing that would annoy someone who knows the characters and story. I do not, so here goes.
I tend to be drawn to the crazy characters in most stories, so it’s not unusual that I was drawn to the Harley Quinn character. Her weapons of choice are crazy, a pistol and a baseball bat. I’m sure the crazy accomplishes more in the way of scaring the crap out of her opponents than either the pistol or bat. Harley is played by Margot Robbie who has played a wide variety of characters. The last time that I saw her was in the series Pan Am, where she played a prim and proper stewardess. It was nice to see she isn’t a one trick pony. She pulled off crazy very well in this movie.
Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, did an excellent job too. I am not normally scared of people in general. She would scare me. That cold calm exterior hid a psycho who would kill you and continue on with her day.
I wasn’t as impressed by some of the other characters.
The Joker, played by Jared Leto, was too crazy. To the point that he could easily be dismissed as no real threat. And there was absolutely no chemistry between him and Harley. Harley did okay with her part, but the Joker was like a space cadet. It wasn’t until the very end that I saw a little bit of what should have been there throughout the movie.
With a dynamic cast of characters, Ben Afleck came off as a “zombie” in this movie. The dead have more life to them. He seriously needed to up his game. I have been told that he was good in Batman vs Superman, but I’m not sure I want to waste 2 hours of my life and $1.60 to find out.
The rest of the cast was okay. The whole movie seems like a Deadshot and Harley show with some supporting characters. The only time the other characters showed up was when they conveniently had the skill or talent for that particular scene. And what was up with Slip Knot? They didn’t even bother introducing him at all. He just appeared out of no where and was disposed of shortly there after. Really?
I swear the part where they’re introducing the Suicide Squad characters was stolen from Con Air. Con Air did it better. And Steve Buscemi would have made a better Joker.
The plot was okay. It was almost like the writers were trying to condense too many story lines into one movie. It would have been a stronger movie if they would have skipped trying to do backstory on every character and focus on either the Deadshot story line or the Harley/Joker story line. I’d prefer the Harley story line, because she’s a fun character, played by an actress who made the character believeable. Will Smith did not do a psychopath/sociopath/whatever he’s supposed to be very well.
Writing was okay. There were some great lines here and there. Harley I think, got the greatest share of them. And it may just appear that way because she’s such a good actress that she can take crappy lines and turn them to gold.
Overall, it was a fun movie. Maybe not full theatre price fun, but definitely Redbox rental fun.