Suicide Squad: Poor Villain & Unbalanced Characters Hurt A Very Fun Movie – My Thoughts

Ah Suicide Squad, another divisive effort from the DCEU that prompted radical petitions alongside the usual barage of ‘you’re biased towards Marvel’ abuse that reviewers recieved. Nothing was going to stop me from being excited for this one though…

This, for many, was the most anticipated movie of this summer and for the most part, this summer’s blockbusters have been lacklustre or ‘meh’. Suicide Squad sadly is not the amazing spectacle of a movie many of us hoped for but is certainly a huge step in the right direction for the DCEU. Here’s the trailer that got us all so excited…

This movie is very character focussed above anything else and really needed those characters to work in order for it to be a success. Director, David Ayer does a great job with most of the characters but some do fall flat. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the Joker’s girlfriend and Will Smith as Floyd Lawton AKA Deadshot, master assassin are the real standouts giving us some wonderful character moments and really doing a great deal of justice to their comic origins. Then there comes Jay Hernandez as Diablo, capable of creating fire and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, an Australian bank robber who are both also very nice to watch. Particularly surprising was Jai Courtney given that his reputation was rather low following Die Hard 5 and Terminator Genisys, two incredible stinkers.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, a personal favourite character of mine needed slightly more to do but was very enjoyable when he active. After that, sadly, comes the more negative members of the squad, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg felt somewhat off in parts. His bodyguard, Katana (Karen Fukuhara) is introduced very poorly and doesn’t really do a lot and as for Slipknot (Adam Beach), he was gone as quickly as he came. Aside from the main squad comes Cara Delevigne as Enchantress, the main villain of the movie. The third act climax featuring Enchantress hurt the film a great deal. You want a superhero movie to end with a great ‘final battle’; Suicide Squad did not have that.

Rounding off the cast is Viola Davis as the ruthless Amanda Waller, the most well cast character in the entire movie who gives an excellent performance doing huge justice to her comic character and then we have Jared Leto’s Joker, who is going to prove the single most divisive character of the year. A lot people are hating his portrayal, some people are loving his portrayal and the majority are intrigued by it and want to see more. There were times when he seemed so far from the Joker we know that you’d be forgiven for forgetting it was the Joker and not just some generic gangster.

With such a huge cast, you may be thinking ‘how do they balance it out?’ The answer is…they don’t. They spend more time with the more interesting characters but then everyone else is disappointingly under-developed. The story also was not a strong point of the film, feeling very generic but then, remembering that the best superhero movie of the year, Deadpool, also had a generic story may help you to get over that.

What Suicide Squad does do is succeed in being very, very fun to watch, despite its issues and where the characters work, they really work and bring a big smile to the face. The movie opens wonderfully, giving the main members of the squad almost a little music video each to tell us a backstory, which fit in with the tone of the film perfectly. Unlike the previous DCEU movie, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad didn’t feel like they had thrown way too much into one movie and that is why it is a clear step in the right direction and of the three, the other being Man of Steel, it is clear that this is the best of the DCEU movies so far.

That being said, the way Warner Bros. is going about creating this DCEU is very odd and near enough everyone is in agreement that Suicide Squad should never have been the third movie in this universe that possesses Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash and so many more great superheroes. It should’ve more likely been the ninth or tenth.

If you don’t come out of Suicide Squad either wanting a Will Smith Deadshot series or a Harley/Joker movie then you are being way too unfair to this movie. It is undeniably fun but sadly trails away by the third act and the villain is poor but flaws like this can be forgiven when it gives us the excellent character moments it does…and I haven’t even mentioned Batman’s in it.

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