Suicide Squad Review
By: Evan Miller
Suicide Definitely earned it’s place as taking a large hit from ciritics but having a full love from the fan base, I wish to let people know my honest review of the movie. I would first like to say, I was expecting a huge disappointment from this movie, possibly being overly silly, not relating to the comics in any manner, or just a plot that is not at all fitting for Suicide Squade. I am proud to say that I was greatly proven wrong, as this not only hit all of those points perfectly, the movie has probably become one of my favorites. I will be breaking up the movie into different sections to make this easier to read. The sections will be divided by Plot, Characters, and my Overall view to wrap up.
The plot was fitting for something dealing with Suicide Squad, as it deals with a mission that is probably going to have characters meeting their deaths (which is a constant in Suicide Squad comics). In the movie, Task Force X (the official name used by the government for the Suicide Squad) is dealing with a meta-human who humanity kept in captivity and under their control until it finally broke free and it is now doing everything it can to bring the end to humanity. The truth is the Suicide Squad doesn’t even know any of this information as they are told nothing of what they are doing except that they are probably going to die and if they don’t follow orders, then they will die.
The plot point for the basis of what they are fighting is all around pretty simple, but the impact of the plot and the events they made lead up to this is what makes it so good. The plot pulls you into learning about all the main characters that are a part of the Suicide Squad learning what events caused these criminals to be locked up in Belle Reve, hell even having you understand why the characters react to others the way they do. Not only does it hit on the characters’s pasts and making them greatly reflect upon themselves and their situation, which brings about the unity of the Squad coming together that is reflected right out of the comics. It wonderfully executes everything that is a plot for the Suicide Squad Comis and brings about wanting to complete the mission even against all the odds that are against them. This felt to me, like a Suicide Squad Comic came to life in the movie verse. Now, the Cinematic Verse is not of course following the comics but more on the lines that the Movie felt like what a Suicide Squad comic has for its basis as far as plot.
I will be breaking this down by each character and actor, giving my input for each actor on how they potrayed the character.
Deadshot (Will Smith): Will Smith actually did really awesome job pulling off the character of Deadshot. He built the character’s life style as being a mercenary in anything, perfectly, even attempting to make terms and conditions for him doing something when he knows that he has no choice in the matter. What I found beautiful, is bringing Deadshot’s relationship with his daughter to life. Will Smith had the acting ability to not only make the relationship feel real but, also hit your heart strings by properly illustrating how much of an impact Deadshot’s daughter has on the character’s life. Deadshot as a character for those who may not know basically does his mercenary work in order to give his daughter a happy life, his daughter means everything to him and he will do anything to be able to see his daughter while he is in prison. Will Smith not only pulled off the character so well, but definitely gave some tribute to the comic. Examples of these tributes are: 1.) Deadshot calling Task Force X as Suicide Squad, which is always a thing even with reboots in the DC universe 2.) Deadshot being the leader of the group even if another leader was assigned to the group. 3.) Deadshot being able to be a cornerstone for characters to rely on, especially Harley Quinn. As far as costuming, I felt Deadshot’s costume look exceptional to the character and made it feel realistic to how Deadshot’s suit would look live action.
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie): Margot Robbie was able to pull off, Harley Quinn to the letter while still having throwbacks to the origins of the character. Though I felt she was trying to hard, she even tried to pull off the accent from the original animated series, which is something I can greatly appreciate the effort she was putting in. I like how when she was looking at her old equipment and gear, she found the original Harley Quinn Jester suit inside, instead of throwing the costume aside as if it was trash, she embraced the costume closely as if it was a precious memory. This showed a deep care that the character has for what lead her up to the Harley Quinn that we know today, which most definitely has to do with the Joker. Margot Robbie was able to pull the relationship between Harley and Joker, excellently showing Harley’s complete care and fascination to the Joker and will literally follow him to hell and back, while still having her own independence at the same time. It really showed Harley as her own the character showing that she can still do things for herself, while still holding true to the Stockholm like syndrome that she has for the Joker. The costuming used on the character, I felt fit with the current comics, Harley Quinn.
Joker (Jared Leto): I think Jared Leto definitely pulled off the psychopath/ganster part of the Joker (as should be noted the Joker is potrayed in many different styles, from the monster to the prankster to the psychopath and so on) where the two meet I will explain. First the gangster part, he not only was able to make the Joker intimidating, he was able to show a relationship between him and his gang. His gang doesn’t show a fear of him, but definitely showed loyalty as they answered to The Joker and showed results without being either killed off or tortured because of it. He definitely portrayed that you will show respect him or you will regret even thinking of it, or you will live to regret it. Now on to the psychopath part, His obsession with having Harley back to him (Not in a romantic way, but more that she belongs to him), definitely was portrayed properly. He also showed it through the symbolism of him lying down in a room filled with knives and guns, followed with his general reactions and gestures during the film. Though there were a lot of tattoos added on, I felt the costuming was on point for a Joker look while keeping original to the film’s own creative tastes of portrayal for him. I think they should keep that look if they decide to put Jared Leto’s Joker in another movie.
Rick Flag (Joel Kinnamon): I felt Joel Kinnaom did a very good job at making Rick Flag. What I felt worked really well is other than making Rick into just a total A-Hole, Joel was able to make the character not only a smart *** but also make the character sympathetic while still showing superiority until it no longer mattered, which in my opinion worked perfectly for the character.
El Diablo (Jay Hernandez): I am so happy at how they pulled off EL Diablo, The actor was able to make the character sympathetic to his crimes, and holding a dear love for the ideal of Family. It was as if they pulled the character right out of the comic, having at first his pacifist nature in the beginning because of the weight of all crimes. Just like in the comic book though, the Squad is able to convince El Diablo to put his past behind him and he sees the squad as his new family. Wonderfully done!
June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne): I felt the actor did a good job at keeping both of these characters as two completely separate entities. Having June Moone more of the innocent woman, who is trying to live her life normally, but is scared of the ancient artifact that cursed her with the Enchantress. The enchantess being a powerful Meta Human who can use magical abilities to do some incredible things, such a instantly teleporting from one place to another, casting illusions, creating minions and etc. Cara Delevingne makes the villain feel menacing and terrifying and pulls this off not only with the looks, but even her gestures and movements.
Boomerang (Jai Courtney): I felt the character did a good job of bringing Boomerang to life, but added on to it, by making him alittle more zany. I felt that this zaniness was a good bit needed as it made the character shine out more in those moments than others.
Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje): This character may not have had a lot of dialogue, but the look and feel of this character was spot on. I felt that he looked realistic enough to come off as a scaled humanoid ready to kill you at any second, I felt the actor did a good job in making the portrayal come off as being an intimidating monster, who is still intelligent enough to know how to handle situations. Though I do feel like, Killer Croc should have been abit more muscular as I felt he was too scrawny.
Katana (Karen Fukuhara): I felt though she said a few lines, the actor made each line a definite in how the character is personality wise and how the character is portrayed. You could feel just in the way she moved, her sense of duty and could feel the sorrow when she talked to her blade (holding the soul of her husband inside) and cried as she felt her death was coming. Karen made the character not only come to life, but the costuming for her made the character’s design from the comics feel realistic.
Finally, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis): Viola Davis brought Amanda Waller not only to life with the attitude and the cut throat personality, she made Amanda Waller really feel like she was not intimidated by anything. Not Meta-humans threatening her, not the government officials. No one could put Amanda Waller in any position that wasn’t where she wanted to be. She was stone cold in her decisions and she would not bend a knee to anyone. Viola Davis did an amazing job as being Amanda Waller and I hope she sticks with the roll if she ever is needed in another movie.
I felt this movie did an excellent job, every action scene was intense and kept you on the edge of your seat making you see why these criminals were chosen to be on Task Force X (Suicide Squad), keeping the action free flowing and constantly moving from one character to another showing their contribution to the fight. I felt that the ending was good until the very end where certain things happened that made me think “What’s going to happen with this”. I felt that Suicide Squad earns a 9 out of 10 in my own personal view. The movie did justice for the style of Suicide Squad from the comics, the actors did justice to the character’s they were portraying, and the costuming was on point. Suicide Squad lives up to it’s quote for the movie, “It’s good to be bad.”