After negative reviews for DC’s big hitter Batman vs Superman, the uncertain future of it’s movie universe fell on the shoulders of Suicide Squad. However the movie has found itself crumbling under it’s own weight, in a two hour neon car crash.
By Beth McConnell – Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated super-villains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.
In the opening act, we are introduced to our ragtag team, a series of flashbacks and trump cards parade a factual overload for all our characters. Showing a desperate attempt to rush as much information to the audience as fast as possible, in many ways it’s a reflection for how far DC has fallen behind Marvel in the world of cinema.
The movie is helped along with a much needed injection of comedy and although Smith and Robbie are likeable characters, the movie is a surprisingly vanilla affair. The jukebox soundtrack is fun at first but quickly transcends into an on the nose annoyance and bland dialogue forces the movie to plod along with no real stand out moments. The main problem however comes with an all-too-familiar final act. A desolate city is the backdrop from an overly computer generated fight as our (anti) heroes attempt to save the world that doesn’t feel lived in, from total destruction.
Jared Leto’s Joker falls rather flat as there’s no real character to get his grilled teeth sunk into, although you can’t help but feel that with better direction he’d really shine.
Another movie released before Suicide Squad would’ve helped it’s cause, as we have no real connection to the characters and very little time to spend with each. The movie felt like an exposition for something bigger, but abandoning it’s own arc, DC have proved to have backed themselves into a corner with too many characters and a forgetful plot. There is a fun movie amist the messy editing and the clunky dialogue, but we never get to see it. Suicide Squad is fun at times, but flawed at most.