The critics got this movie wrong…..so wrong that it’s embarrassing. SPOILERS follow, you have been warned!
Suicide Squad is a movie about the bad buys (“Were bad guys it’s what we do”) and it does that well, from the opening scene we are placed in the centre of a DC universe that centres purely on the villains. Deadshot “the most wanted hitman in the world” is delivered by Will Smith, even tho at first i was personally a little concerned, to hear that he would be playing such as character, i was pleased with the way the character was played, Will Smith managed to deliver action with humour that wasn’t overbearing.
Then there’s Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, from the very first scene we are introduced to the origin story that surrounds her character. An impressive part was that it managed to explain Harley’s origins without giving too much information. We are introduced to Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum.
It is at this point that we see our first scene with the Joker. It’s at this moment the audience will realise that Harleen Quinzel has fallen in love with the joker, Altho someone i know who works in the mental heath area assures me that the Joker would not reciprocate those feelings, since “a lot of psychopaths have insecure attachment style avoidance, they find it difficult to form close relationships, often seeing people as “things” tho they do see it in other people.” This is probably the reason why the Joker asked Harley for a machine gun, knowing that she is likely to oblige. We later see how Harleen Quinzel becomes Harley Quinn, with a brilliant scene called “chemical romance” which see’s Harley jump into a vat of acid followed closely by the Joker who also jumps into the acid, kisses Harley and then laughs as the camera pulls out and the scene is over.
Overall Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn was a very good choice, playing the character both light hearted while at the same time being psychotic was enjoyable. She has quickly become the most popular member of the Suicide Squad movie, so much so that rumours have been floating around that there may be a Harley Quinn movie in the future.
There are obviously more characters in the movie, all of which I’m not going to go into simply because this post could easily be pages and pages long. Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang and Katana, are all characters that have their own origins stories, but they are pushed to the back a little, since they are not the major characters here, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s Deadshot easily capture the spotlight, however that’s not to say that the other characters don’t have their own moments to shine, Captain Boomerang is easily funny along with Killer Croc (who rarely speaks). But another character that steals the show is Amanda Waller, she is the reason the task force is put together in the first place, she is cold hearted and that is played well by Viola Davis who managed to capture the character with ease.
As far as the critics are concerned, there may be 2 elephants in the room, the first being Jared Leto’s Joker, it appears that even the critics cant help but compare him to the Joker that was played by Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight movie. This totally misses the point, Jared Leto NEVER intended to play the Joker the same as Heath Ledger did, instead Leto has put his own brilliant spin on the character that has been written about for 75 years! another point to note, is that Leto’s Joker does not get enough on screen time to be compared to that of Heath Ledger who had half a full movie to play the character.
Leto’s joker is more gangster and his only objective in this movie is reuniting with Harley Quinn. Another point that seems to have failed to hit home with critics, is that the movie is not a Joker movie, it is a Suicide Squad movie, of which the Joker is NOT apart of. In my opinion Leto nailed the laugh of the Joker, in a number of scenes he manages to affect the impact of those scenes just with the laugh he seems to have perfected for the role, (1 of those scenes being the chemical romance after he jumps into the vat of acid and is holding Harley Quinn in his arms, the second being in the helicopter shooting an AK47, and the third is when he lays on the floor surrounded by a number of objects). Leto also manages to capture the mannerisms of the Joker who comes across as not only a psychopath but a possessive character, an example of this being when he shoots a thug who walks into his strip club, and looks at Harley, after offering her to the thug as a “gift” he replies “She’s your lady Mr J” to which the Joker replies “That’s right” before pulling out a gun and shooting the thug dead.
It will be interesting to see more of Jared Leto’s Joker, and both Margot Robbie and Jared Leto have said they are willing to play the characters (fingers crossed this works out)
I wont go into the major plot of the story and the bad guy, i think people should see this movie and work it out for themselves.
Overall Suicide Squad is a movie i would recommend, it manages to balance a fun movie with some great characters that are bad guys don’t forget (Yes I’m talking to you critics) It is clear that this movie is an introduction movie that will more than likely get a few sequels and spin offs (don’t forget the Harley and Joker spin offs that i mentioned earlier) with these we will likely see the relationships of the characters develop, and maybe become darker in tone, such as the relationship between the Joker and Harely, which in this movie is in what the writer and director David Ayer describes as “being in a honey moon period”
Overall i would give Suicide Squad a rating of 9.5 out of 10, easily being one of my favourite movies of the year (along with Deadpool) the only improvements i would make is to the Joker and Harley’s relationship, we need to see more fighting between them, which i think we could see further down the line (if of course sequels are made, and i hope they are)