Film Review: “Suicide Squad” (2016)

“Suicide Squad” (2016)

Running Time: 130 minutes

Director: David Ayer

Featuring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Common, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman

Rick Flagg: “Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you people.”

Harley Quinn: “I can be known to be quite vexing.”

After what seems like an eternity “Suicide Squad” (2016) is released into theatres this week and it has a lot riding on its shoulders in a post “Deadpool” (2016) world.

When Suicide Squad was announced and the trailers started to be released it seemed like a wild idea to have anti-heroes teaming up and saving the world, the film seemed like it was a slap in the face to previous superhero moves that had come before. The style was anarchic and the characters seemed to be unique not only in their motivations but also they way they treated each other and authority. Audiences had their appetites piqued and it seemed like a slam-dunk for DC and their parent company Warner Brothers.

Then “Deadpool” happened and on a much smaller scale and a harder rating the ‘Merc with a mouth’ stole not only “Suicide Squads” hype but has also cast a giant shadow over the Summer Season as well as all the other superhero films this year and maybe for longer – maybe except for “Captain America: Civil War” (2016). “Deadpool” also did it on a comparatively tiny budget and made over US$750 million dollars with a sequel on the way.

Warner Brothers themselves have had a pretty bad year so far with their own initial superhero movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice “ (2016) being released and not only costing a reported US$250 million but only managing to gross worldwide US$870 million which may sound a lot but it was no secret they really had to get over the now standard blockbuster US$1 billion dollars – it doesn’t help that the movie was critically panned universally, and actually reviled in some quarters.

Needless to say there is a lot riding on “Suicide Squad” in terms of the DC cinematic universe, Warners bottom line and to assist in the launch of their other superhero movies starting next year.

So how does this one rate?

Pretty good actually and David Ayer has produced a good comic book movie, finally,for Warner’s that does indeed herald the way forward for the DC Universe. Ayer who either can make a brilliant film or a terrible one is an extreme filmmaker, and when he hits it, he hits it out of the ballpark. This film can sit in his oeuvre alongside the brilliant “End of Watch” (2012) and the excellent “Fury” (2014) and, finally, the awful “Sabotage” (2014) can go to its resting place. He is a true actors director and this shows with the performances and the buy in he gets out of this huge cast, but he also gives things over to the intense wide screen action that the trailers have promised for so long.

Whilst the ending is a little muddled and what superhero movie these days isn’t, although Marvel do seem to be solving this issue, just look at the excellent “Civil War” for proof of that, I feel this film does deliver on the marketing that has been prominent for some time.

This is one of those films that has already, after just one day, received so much hate and vitriol I have to ask myself did I see the same movie as everyone else. The bottom line is this is worth going to see it is full of humor, and the personalities of the actors involved is huge and a big reason why I like this movie so much.

The standouts are Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn with able support from Jared Leto as the Joker. There are cameos aplenty and you might think you have stepped into a Batman movie for the first half but then it becomes its own thing and moves at a pace that you need to keep up with.

This is an overblown action film that has criminals as heroes and you do root for them, in a “Con Air” (1997) kind of way – it feels like a throw back to the 90s and the best thing about that is that its not a throwback to the 80s.

If you go into this film wanting to hate it (and I cannot understand this mentality) then you will, but the truth is there is more to like here than to not so sit back eat your popcorn and have a big drink of the soft stuff.

Oh and Jai Courtney, Ryan Reynolds wants his Unicorn back!




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