Suicide Squad might not have lived up to expectations and yes, we’re still reeling from the dead weight that was its predecessor ‘Son of Krypton V Gotham Knight’… but regardless, we decided to see the movie.
What you’ll find with Suicide Squad is that it will leave you with a lot of questions. The main one being, “Are we to think that producers just expect us to already know all these stories that they have seemingly cramped up in this movie?” This question arises with concern mainly to those who don’t pay attention to comics and for some reason might not even know who “The Joker” is… *Shout out to you Mum*
Skipping past the seemingly rushed first 30 minutes of the movie, which seemed like a good enough intro to the characters, we are met with another too quick paced action sub-plot; the twist which many will not have seen coming. This convoluted plot can easily have you on a bit of a tangent… but once again we reminded ourselves to keep an open mind in order enjoy the movie in general.
One absolutely brilliant part of this movie is Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn- she brought the A-game every time she appeared on screen. Many of the questions that arise with her character, you’ll find quickly answered with the widely panned out development given to the character. If DC has plans for a sole Harley Quinn movie- we are very, very here for it. The same can’t be said for Deadshot. There’s little to say about the performance of Will Smith’s character. We really didn’t expect any less. Which made him good… but sort of boring.
As for the curious case of The Joker, as portrayed by Jared Leto (which set-off many viewers) it’s a really different take. The truth is that any actor cast to play the Joker was tasked with having to upstage the performance put forward by Heath Ledger. A nearly impossible feat. Sadly, this time, audiences were not only given a non Heath joker, but introduced to a whole new one. Jared Leto was a very Mafia Boss inspired Joker- there was a lot less funny and a lot more serious. Comic fans are used to the crazy clown delivering his best lines when he is getting his arse handed to him by The Bats. Being that any such scene was absent, we can only hope to see a better performance in the next instalment of the Batman movies.
I guess the concession would be that some characters in the movie could have been swapped with other villains, since the assembly of Task Force X changes as the mission varies. Characters like, Captain Boomerang (who we remember mostly for trying to leave the screen and who didn’t have the reason why he kept holding this pink unicorn explained), Katana and Killer Croc could have been left in the comic book pages.
There was so much going on with Suicide Squad that we lost track of some major characters, like Enchantress’s brother; who I bet you’ll have to Google after to remember his name (like we did). But generally, Suicide Squad wasn’t SO bad. Was it the epic anti-hero super hero summer blockbuster hit it was expected to be? No. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t a bad movie. It was an ok movie that simply didn’t live up to its own hype.
Written by Abiodun Laaro
Click here to read our pre movie two-cents on the film, where we explained other complexities surrounding the film.