Star rating: ***
Suicide Squad is one film i was really excited to watch this year. Not only because the trailers have been fantastic but i have been all the more excited to see Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The concept of the film is brilliant, using the villains as heroes and getting them to save the day as a suicide mission. The film had some big names on the books – Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye – Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevigne as Enchantress and many others. The soundtrack for the film is fantastic too with some great numbers in the background of every scene.
The concept of the film is simple. Bad guys acting as the heroes to save the world from meta human threats. Every comic book movie has a great villain, one that you can truly believe can destroy the world. Enchantress (Delevigne) is the bad guy in this film who is intent on getting the world to bow down to her will and worship her like the old days. This is where lies the problem, she is not scary enough on screen and it is hard to believe that she can hold that much power. She creates a humanoid army by turning them into creates with blackberry like looking heads which when destroyed just crumble into dust.
The anti-heroes, though fantastic to watch in the fight scenes, have not been crafted well enough. Only a few of the characters like Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc have been developed off the page, the others act as bystanders. In fact their back stories are explained in the briefest of scenes with appearances from the Flash and Batman and they are not given any depth. The standout character has to be Harley Quinn, the minxy hero who pops out of the murky underground world with a flash of neon perkiness. She injects her own sense of fun into each scene and it is hard not to endear yourself to her. You want her to get what she wants and her devotion to The Joker (Leto) is naive yet dangerous to her. Her abnormal friendship that she develops with Deadshot (Smith) is shown well on scene and they do make a great pairing.
Deadshot is the only character who is given some depth with his motives to show his daughter the best side of him. Smith does have some great likeability on screen and from the moment you meet him, you do end up rooting for him. His humanity to be the best for his daughter is a lot easier to appeal to than the sociopathic killer he is meant to be.
The one character who is hard to bring off the page is Leto’s Joker. There is so much that could have been done with the Joker’s role but he is just another addition with a collection of characters. He is not fleshed out as a character and you don’t learn much about him apart from the fact that he has this obsession with Harley Quinn.
All in all, this film is a good watch with some fun action scenes bought to life some of the characters. There is a strong argument for the fact that more could have been done with their back stories and it could have been a lot darker than it is. This is a film which is meant to be about the bad guys so it feels a bit odd that i left the cinema feeling light-hearted.