In a year packed with comic book movies, few appealed to general audiences as well as Suicide Squad did. “Suicide Squad” was the third movie in the “DC Extended Universe”. Its predecessors “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice”, were both critical flops.
When the first “Suicide Squad” trailer released last year, fans of all movies were instantly excited for the movie’s 2016 release. When the movie finally came out everyone wanted to get into their nearest theater to see the potential blockbuster of the year. Unfortunately, “Suicide Squad” didn’t live up to the hype. But despite the bad reviews (26% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.9 out of 10 on IGN) there are still a few things that work. For starters the performances are fantastic throughout, especially Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The action is pretty good, but the CGI doesn’t hold up. Most of the first act of the movie is a whole lot of fun, introducing you to all the characters in a way that really makes you like them without being familiar with them. Also, if you are a fan of superheroes there are two great cameos from Batman and the Flash, both of whom look amazing.
Now for the bad. First of all, there are continuity errors in the film from all the re-shoots, most noticeably Rick Flag’s hair constantly changing lengths during the main battle. Also, some of the characters are let downs, none more so than Jared Leto’s Joker. This is by no stretch Leto’s fault. The problem with the Joker is the fact that the trailers and advertisements all feature the Joker front and center and in the film he is more of a background character. And it seems none are madder about this than Leto himself, who went so far as to say he felt like he was “used” by Warner Brothers. And in reality it’s understandable why he is so mad, especially when we heard all these stories about how into-the-character he got during the movie’s filming. It can’t help that Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, has recently announced that The Joker won’t be the main villain in 2018’s “The Batman”.
Other problems with the movie are the fact that you could probably make another movie just of all the scenes we saw in the trailers that weren’t in the movies. Hopefully “Suicide Squad” will do what “Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” did and release an ultimate cut with all the deleted scenes in the film. The thing that might have made people the maddest was the villain. It’s hard to think what Warner Brothers was thinking when they decided to make The Joker a background character to Enchantress, one of the least menacing villains in any comic book movie ever. She just never seemed very relevant because there is so little explored that there is no actual depth to her character and it is clear they wanted her to be a multi-dimensional character. Also the movie suffers from a massive plot hole. This plot hole is the fact that you have all these superheroes with superpowers and the government thinks that this group of criminals is the way to go. Warner Brothers is now two-for-three in putting a massive plot hole in their DC movies. However, with all these flaws it is very impressive that it was as good as it is. The amount of reported reshoots and cuts should have made this one of the worst movies of the decade, but it instead became one of the highest grossing movies of the year
While it has great performances throughout and some fun action the villain is a bit underwhelming and the re-shoots and bad CGI might frustrate picky moviegoers. The first act is a fun introduction to the characters, but the movie quickly takes a turn for the worst. So “Suicide Squad” is a good watch for those who are looking for a somewhat comical movie with some good action as long as you can tolerate the continuity errors and bad CGI.