"Suicide Squad" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
"Suicide Squad" had a lot of hype upon its release in 2016. Comic book and movie fans were excited to see all of these classic DC villains team up to take down a greater force. However, what we got was a horrible mess of a film with sloppy writing and boring plot lines.
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie, Deadshot (Will Smith), and Joker (Jared Leto) are just some of the characters that make up the ensemble cast. They are assembled by government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to help stop the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) from taking over the world. This should have been a great film considering the characters and actors, but it just turned into a disorganized mess.
The story was a bit confusing at first, until they wrote in a careless storyline to give our protagonists a mission for the film. It never made any sense, and was just thrown in randomly. On top of that, some of the characters were just downright annoying and quite stupid. Harley Quinn and Deadshot were perhaps the two only well-written and acted characters throughout the whole film. The only thing stopping this film from getting a one star rating is Robbie's incredible performance.
However, Leto's Joker is downright annoying and uncomfortable. He is nothing like the Clown Prince of Crime that we know and love. He's flamboyant, weird, uncomfortably sexual, and barely even in the movie, contrary to what the trailers and promos have portrayed his character as. I was extremely disappointed and annoyed with this character as he could have had great potential.
Other than the sloppy writing and horrible characters, the film was just a drag. It felt like most of the film consisted of the characters walking around aimlessly for a whole hour, with random fight scenes sprinkled throughout. That's the problem with David Ayer. I stated it before in my review for "The Tax Collector", and I'll say it here again: it's a real hit or a miss with Ayer's films. It's honestly surprising he is still trusted to make movies, especially big blockbusters like this, considering his track record.