By: Dallas Thompson
As someone with very little knowledge of DC Comics, when I first heard that there was a movie named Suicide Squad being made, I immediately questioned it. After sitting through what I found to be an extremely boring film, Batman v. Superman, I had no interest at all to see Suicide Squad. You may ask what changed my mind. Talk of the film undergoing re-shoots to change the tone of the film to be a fun movie.
Now, keep in mind, Suicide Squad is definitely not a family film, far from it, but I felt that this char of the DC Extended Universe was a step in the right direction, maybe not necessarily in all ways, but in its tone. From the opening, the way they introduce the plot to you is done in an entertaining way.
There have been comparisons to Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool, but I don't necessarily think that Suicide Squad should be looked at through the lens of comparison to Marvel. DC is not Marvel, and this is definitely not a film that Marvel would make - DC and Marvel movies, if you haven't caught on by now, have different audiences. DC is darker, Marvel is more family-friendly.
Speaking of Plot, the plot of Suicide Squad isn't anything new once you really think about it. So why do I say that plot-wise Suicide Squad is much better than DC's previous films? This time, the plot is something you can actually understand. In Batman v. Superman, it was so hard to follow what was going on, and so much was crammed in to one film. Suicide Squad, fortunately, spells out the entire plot at least three times. Sure, it may not be a complex one, but at least it's able to be understood.
The casting was mostly perfect. I felt Will Smith's Deadshot really stole the show in the scenes about his daughter. Another perfect casting choice was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Many people that I have asked have said that was the best part of the movie, and they hope to see her reprise her role again. Jared Leto's Joker, I felt, was what the Joker should be. I make that judgement based on the sheer creepiness of his performance. But, I hope future installments show more of the Joker, as many of his scenes were actually cut from the final product in an effort to keep Suicide Squad at a decent running time.
Where do I feel the movie went wrong? The critics absolutely hated this movie, and I really can't figure out why. The only thing that I felt could change was the depiction of the female characters. I have never read the comics, so I'm not too familiar with the backstory of Harley Quinn & Jokers relationship, but I'm in the crowd that felt it was a little weird, and I think the movie suffered from it.
Visually, I thought the film looked great! I saw the film twice. One time in Regal's RealD 3D and once in Regal's RPX experience. Both ways were great, but I would rather see the movie in 2D than 3D, unless you don't mind dropping the extra money. The soundtrack fits well and really contributes to the tone they were going for very well.
Personally, I really enjoyed Suicide Squad during both viewings. As much as I try to see the hate, I can't, and I really don't care. Do not let the critics keep you from seeing Suicide Squad and forming your own opinion of the movie. I think that is one thing that hurt Batman v. Superman, the mindset around it - but even then, it was not all that great. If you don't like Suicide Squad, that's okay, but don't let us, or any other critics decide that for you.
Rating: 4/5 Stars