Well to be honest I wasn’t sure of what to expect given all the negativity expressed towards the latest addition to the DC cinematic universe, but I am happy to report that the critics were dead wrong about this one! If you’re a DC fan or even if you’re not and want a refresher course on a few of the more notable villains in the DC universe go see this film.
For me it hit on all cylinders. The action was good. The banter between characters was good, and surprisingly yet most importantly for the most part the portrayal of those characters was spot on! Although Jared Leto’s Joker I am still undecided on but since he wasn’t a main focal point the performance here sufficed. Specifically I was more than pleased with Margot Robbie and Will Smith as Harley Quinn and Deadshot.
Margot does not often use the accent familiar to fans of the animated series portrayal but does from time to time slip into it. This showed she at least did a little research and cared about the role. “Puddin” is Harley’s term of endearment for the Joker and true fans will appreciate that as well. Will Smith is well…Will Smith as Deadshot and in this case that’s not a bad thing. In fact he makes the character more personable which should help film goers actually become emotionally invested.
This film does carry the common theme of unlikely misfits forced to work together with a twist that this team is actually comprised of criminals and super villains. In this case it is done well and the characters they want you to focus on are given sufficient backstory on. Those that were not were likely done that way because the producers likely didn’t feel they were more than marginal side characters in comparison to the main players. They’re there for filler and to move the plot along. When done right I don’t mind that so much. Suicide Squad did an admirable job with them in that respect.
I did have a slight problem with Amanda Waller but can’t really discuss it here as I don’t want to spoil the film for those who have not had a chance to see it yet. Viola Davis however did a great job in my humble opinion.
Were there plot holes? Of course there were but that’s to be expected of any film and because of the fantasy/sci-fi element to the film most can be forgiven. There is however a huge glaring one but once again I won’t discuss it here and leave it to you to go see it and judge for yourselves what doesn’t make sense especially to those who follow the DC universe closely. Like Forrest Gump that’s all I have to say about that.
Another great surprise to me was the music and how well it tied into certain parts of the film. The soundtrack was well put together and moved along nicely from scene to scene. Before seeing this film I wasn’t too familiar with Diablo and now I will have to look into him as he was an interesting cog that worked well here.
Overall this was not a perfect film by any stretch but still done well. It tied in nicely with Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice. The writers, actors and everyone else involved pulled everything together for a very solid effort. I am not sure what the critics are giving this film such a bad rap for and for that they get the Croc face.
My suggestion is that if you’re at all interested in comic book films, action films, science fiction, or just DC in general go out and see this movie! Don’t let the opinions of people you don’t know sway you. I’m not saying you’ll agree with what I wrote here. I’m only saying judge for yourself and give it a chance. If you do or don’t like it I would be interested in hearing why. Until next time folks.