We’ll just start swinging – Suicide Squad – Movie Review

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It’s finally here. We finally got it. Yes, I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time. I know I am not alone in this regard. We all wanted to see Harley Quinn come to life, see Deadshot make his jokes and wonder just how crazy Jared Leto’s Joker really is.

One thing for sure, I wasn’t completely disappointed in this movie like I was for Batman V Superman. I have to say the change in the director may or may not be a factor here. But that’s a whole other discussion and well, I’d rather not tick a ton of people off. I’m actually going to be the opposite of probably what a lot of the reviews you may or may have read/seen.

“So that’s it, huh? We’re the patsies. We’re some kind of suicide squad. Let’s go save the world!” – Deadshot

Suicide Squad jumps right into things. The story just takes right off from the start. You are given a very basic play of who the characters are and why Amanda Waller wants them to be a special task force. Pay attention to some of the subtext of their bios, there’s some interesting things you’ll see there but they’re gone fast too. The characters are lined up and that’s that. Oh and the Enchantress is your big bad for this movie, that’s obvious from the first five minutes.

Enchantress was a bit of a letdown personally. She’s supposed to be this super powerful witch but when she’s up there doing her spell or machine, she just looks like she dancing the salsa. You may think that sounds weird but if you haven’t seen the movie you’ll get it. If you have, you may or may not be laughing. Also, I expected Rick Flag to at least try to talk sense into the Enchantress but that didn’t occur either, he just made the decision that she had to be ended. I assume there’s a back story there that isn’t in the movie, like I said there isn’t much character build up.

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The plot is underdeveloped but there is a lot of action to make up for it. Deadshot is your comedy for the movie and Will Smith, for having a series of not so great movies, delivered this time. Harley Quinn was exactly as I expected her to be. I have read about 3 different reviews where people have torn to pieces the fact that she’s in a psychologically abusive relationship with the Joker. They expected her to be this badass girl and that’s not what Suicide Squad showed. The movie showed you exactly who Harley Quinn is, spelled out in the comics. She will do anything for the Joker and loves him even after everything he put her through. Hello, she’s Harley Quinn because of the Joker. Do your research on the character before you get ticked about something that isn’t anything new to the rest of us.

The one continuing joke throughout the entire thing is that the monsters keep trying to capture Rick Flag. Yes, this movie is a giant capture the “Flag” game, which Deadshot points out. The Joker spent the whole movie trying to get Harley back but he’s the one that left her after Batman chased them. This movie had a lot more Batman then necessary too. You get about 10 seconds of The Flash too but that’s all of the Justice League you’ll encounter. There is discussion of Superman, who is currently dead, but it’s more of “Well Superman brought this to our planet” blah blah blah. Been there, done that, heard it over and over again in BvS, we don’t need to hear it again.

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Overall the movie is full of action and a few touching moments. The characters are undeveloped but you are given a brief and basic history of each character. The Enchantress is a letdown. She’s powerful but without her brother she’d be nothing so just how powerful is she? I want more history but I also think the movie was a good length, not too long and not too short. There is a bonus scene in the credits to watch, it’s a tease for the Justice League (currently filming in UK). I won’t spoil that for you. I give Suicide Squad 8 out 10 stars. Go out and see it. Ignore what the credits are saying. This movie is better than they think it is.

 

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