Get our FULL review of Suicide Squad from our FlixCritic…
Why are we saying this?
It’s simple most critics ARE NOT superhero fans, then just DON’T GET IT! And one thing the DC Extended Universe does different from Marvel. They try to stay true to the comic darkness with a splash of comedy.
What we love about this movie is the back stories and how the audience is introduced to each of the characters and why. The film touches on what is normal, what is sane and if you’re NOT normally sane then embrace it. “Own it” as Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) says to Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Diablo is cursed to roam the earth host to a minor demon which acts as a Spirit of Vengeance. In the DC Comic his name is Lazarus Lane but that is not touched on in the movie. However, El Diablo is one of our favorite characters of the film. He is conflicted like all of meta humans, but he wants to be normal. Unfortunately, like all of these anti heroes he can’t. Diablo is much deserving of a solo film, but we will see how that goes.
Moving on, The Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn steal the show in this DC Comics-style riff on ‘The Dirty Dozen.’ When it comes to The Joker, nobody can top the late Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. However, Leto takes his Joker to a darker more scenical and yet more violent place called “no fear and kill first.” He is wickedly devilish and has an undesirable love for Harley Quinn, who makes crazy in love look like bliss! She will do anything for The Joker. She “will die for him,” but even worse, she “will live for him.” Harley is that bombshell that will tantalize you with her smile and body while she slitting your throat and laughing about it over coffee. She is insane in the membrane. Twisted isn’t even the half of it. Margot Robbie is electrifying as Harley, bringing her character to a whole other level.
Next up, is Deadshot (Will Smith) a role that was cut out for him. Smith acting is superb in Suicide Squad. He is what drives the film into blockbuster status. Will can bring to life any and any character he place, but when he has a character like Deadshot, Will Smith shines! His performance is golden…he makes you feel every thought, every emotion and every bit of anger when it comes to his conflicts.
Suicide Squad plunges audiences right back into the coal-black world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, picking up after the Man of Steel’s demise. In this film our government is obviously NOT 100% behind the Dark Knight, so federal agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) puts together a block ops task force of the gnarliest super-villains around to fight the next “meta-human” threat. Now we all know that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was SLAMMED by critics, but if you watch the unedited version on the Blu-Ray combo pack you will realize the movie is way better. The theatrical version was weak in comparison. With that said, Suicide Squad is a tad on the dark side but this film is really defining the DC Extended Universe. Is bad good?
Well in Suicide Squad, you might think just that. No one in this film is Susie Homemaker. Each character has an EVIL side almost darker than the next asking, “how far would you go?”
All the way obviously, since Suicide Squad takes you there, unlike Marvel Cinematic Universe. The darkest Marvel film to date is probably “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Deadpool.” We disagree with the critics 100%, Suicide Squad stays consistent with the darker side of the coin when it comes to the DC world and that is a good thing. Marvel has its own style, thanks to Zack Snyder’s sleek-surfaced action packed and layered complexity of the Marvel Universe. Why? Because he is a fan of the comics. We understand that Fury director David Ayer has stepped into the area called Superheroes, adding his own spin to the DCEU and taking a Snyder style approach, but this time it worked.
The film is NOT confusing nor is it all over the place. That is straight up hateration! The back stories, flashbacks and desires to be normal when completely insane is the key that give the film its fuel. The critic who got paid to critique this movie must have been sleeping or not doing their research, because it was a necessary element to tell the story. Suicide Squad may NOT have resignates with the critics, but our FlixCritic LOVED every bit of this film..
Our only complaint is that Monster T (Common) is unexplained in the film and actually pointless. We needed more Boomerang (Jai Courtney), more Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), more and more Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Ayers only touched on these characters. He needed to give them more of a purpose in the film. We wanted to care about them more, but didn’t get enough. Diablo character had the most lines in the anti-hero brigade, but you are left wanting more of him. This is why he deserves a spin-off. Out of all the character there was one that was NOT in the film long enough were for anyone to care. That was Slipknot. He may not be that known, and thanks to SS, he will remain unknown to most. Slipknot (Adam Beach) has a vast background in the DC Comics and could have played a larger part in the live action films. He is affiliate to Suicide Squad, Kobra and 2000 Committee, but Suicide Squad seals his fate quickly. It was almost like what was their purpose except to drive a scene for someone else.
Overall we enjoyed June Moone / Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and her brother, Incubus/Businessman (Alain Chanoine) though there could have been a little more tie in. Suicide Squad has a lot of characters, which are in the film but in more non-verbal roles for the most part. Then they divi up 12 lines a piece or less. It’s an Assemble cast and each character deserves to shine. This is where Marvel succeeds and DC is still trying to workout the kinks. You can tell who is getting the bigger paychecks because they have the most lines. Hopefully and uncut version will have much more on the Blu-Ray/DVD.
Overall Suicide Squad is lots of fun, wicked and packs a punch!
Review by Emilio