Movie Review: Suicide Squad

Did this Suicide Squad bomb?


Justin Gilmore, Staff Writer

DC Comic’s entrance to the cinematic universe has been a tale of sighs and gasps. Some of the greatest movies in superhero history can be attributed to DC Comics, with the greatest being contested between “Marvel Avengers” and “The Dark Knight”. After setting a precedent for the joker, DC tried a different approach in Suicide Squad. Did Jared Leto’s Joker steal the show? Or was he simply an additive for an already failing movie?

Suicide Squad is a Sci/Fi movie based on DC Comic’s long going comic book series of the same name. The Series follows a group of super villains who are placed in a high risk, high reward situation. The team is a cornucopia of personalities that naturally don’t mix, but learn to work together throughout the movie for some pretty rewarding action scenes.

The Squad is led by Col. Rick Flag, a special operations commander, who was sought out and hired by the team’s founder: Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis. Viola Davis portrays this character so well it almost outshines every other character in the movie, which is normally a bad thing, but it makes her character all the more terrifying. Amanda Waller is a human, with no gadgets, no powers, and enough money to buy a luxury suit and a medium end loft which shows how powerful mankind can be with enough determination. The point of the “Task Force X “, (or Suicide Squad), is to defend the earth if Superman were to go rogue and attack the human race.

Suicide Squad is a movie that takes certain characters serious, but overall, it doesn’t take itself serious which makes it a great thing. The soundtrack for the movie is phenomenal, and adds character to scenes where nothing could have been said. “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” took itself too serious and aimed to take on sociopolitical issues when it was a simple concept on one of the greatest comic book series of all time.

Will Smith as Deadshot has wonderful onscreen chemistry with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, but it is nowhere near the relationship between Jared Leto as the Joker and Harley Quinn. Suicide Squad may have the best back story presentation for any Joker ever, but it’s simply the backstory that’s wonderful. Suicide Squad suffers from plot holes, continuation issues, an overused story ark, and jokes that fall flat and create a sense of awkwardness and emptiness.

Jared Leto’s joker was definitely a different take on the popular character, but he felt more like a Jim Carrey impersonator, than a terrifying criminal mastermind. Many of the characters introduced had a reason for being there, but a few characters were pointless, who had no point being in the movie. Katana was a wonderful character, but overall was pointless to the plot and in some scenes felt more of a last minute shoe-in to complete a number quota.

So overall, Suicide Squad is definitely a step in the right direction if DC wants to compete in the superhero genre, but it suffers from some of the same issues as the previous entries. It’s an enjoyable movie filled with plenty of action and comedy, but can’t be considered a great comic book movie when it’s put up against the rest.