Suicide Squad (2016)
Updated: Nov 21, 2022
DC has been in the hot seat ever since Batman V Superman failed to resonate with both critics and movie goers alike. Needless to say, so much was riding on Suicide Squad to get DC’s cinematic universe back on track. The trailers were good and it seemed like DC got its act together enough for movie goers to be in for a treat with Suicide Squad. But then the reviews came pouring in; it seemed like DC dropped the ball again. With a disastrous 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it would appear that Suicide Squad’s first mission would be their last.
After watching the movie, l can honestly say that Suicide Squad isn’t as bad as the critics have let on. Granted, it isn’t a great film however the movie is a positive step forward from Batman V Superman, albeit not by much.
For anyone who is unaware, the basic story behind Suicide Squad is about a group of incarcerated supervillains that take on dangerous ops missions in return for reduced prison sentences. The story is very BASIC but all the negative reviews? I just think that most of the critics or amateur comic book readers have a hard time wrapping their head around the idea of a story being seen through the eyes of the villains. I even see this premise in the movie whereby the government green-lights the Task Force X (Suicide Squad) program but if the mission goes astray or haywire, they’d just “throw the squad under the bus”. I guess the story itself is of “Bad versus Evil” so who should you really be applauding?
Personally, my only complaint is that the film gets bogged down by numerous “flash back” sequences that really don’t help any of the film’s protagonists story arcs. Keeping this in mind, it really takes away from The Joker’s Jared Leto’s great performance since we the moviegoer get no insight as to what drives this new Joker in the film and the flash back just seems like filler.
Suicide Squad boasts other good performances across the board, most notable; Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Overall, it’s a fun film, albeit flawed, but DC is still struggling to find its legs in their cinematic universe.