With the blossoming DC film universe we knew Suicide Squad was coming and fans everywhere waited with anticipation to see their beloved band of villainous misfits finally get the big screen treatment. It was a long wait as production stills made their way on line we received our first glance at one of DC’s most famous female characters and fan favorite villains. With that came more and more hype and a sudden shock as the film premiered to not so favorable reviews. The reviews are wrong for the most part and that is statement made from a long term fan of the characters that are making their way to the screen for the first time.
Suicide Squad is far from a perfect film and yes some of the characterization was damn near perfect and some of it was way off into left field. Suicide Squad delivers on the key intro scenes for the members of the squad even if they were a bit too rushed. There was a lot going on during this film and it certainly would be a lot to take in for someone being introduced to the world. That being said Suicide Squad is probably the most faithful adapation from a comic book yet and Kudos to DC and Warner Bros for making it authentic.
The biggest issue with this film is it is based on Mature content not suitable for children and it seemed very much watered down with family friendly dialogue. The announced sequel should most definitely be R Rated as should most of DC’s more gritty projects. Pay homage to some of the greatest works that have a mature rating in comic book form.
With that comes the characters and those who portrayed them. Alot was said during production about certain actors being cast and certain characters being brought to life on the screen. With comic book movies it is always a question of whether or not they will translate well. Certain actors in this film did a fantastic job while others struggled to find their groove within the films intricately designed structure.
One of those characters was Harley Quinn. She is one of the fan favorite characters fanboys were waiting on and boy did Margot Robbie deliver. She was the highlight of every scene she was in and stole the show from the seasoned actors in Leto and Smith. She was the perfect epitome of the damage a mentally abusive relationship has on the psyche. She was also crazy in the sense that she was just a long for the crazy rollercoaster ride. Robbie perfectly layered the sublety through out her performance and planted the seeds for a long future onscreen as Harley. Robbies weakest scenes were when she was onscreen with Leto but that was because most of Jokers scenes were quick throw away flash backs and it never painted him as the menacing clown prince of crime. Joker felt more like a perverted pimp than a psychopathic serial killer.
Leto has the potential to be better given more screen time but based on what I saw here it does not look like he will take top honors as the Joker. Robbie on the other hand immediately joins the list of top comic book character portrayals. It will most definitely be interesting to see what she can do in a solo venture.
Suicide Squads only real downfall was cheesy dialogue. The cinematography was top notch. The action was on par with other comic book films so no real judgement can be passed in that regard. Suicide Squad despite the negative reviews is a step forward for DC after Batman Vs Superman. Suicide Squad contained the potential mess to a few lines of nonsensical dialogue and Joker throw away scenes. All in all Suicide Squad is one of the most entertaining comic book adaptations I have witnessed and it really brought out the happy nerd in me as Margot Robbie brought one of my all time favorite female characters to life. It seems like the villains of the DC universe have my attention more than the heroes but that was never really in question. Harley Quinn is DC’s best villain and one of their best overall characters. Thank you David Ayer for this film in the truest sense of the word. This is for the villains what Batman Begins was for Batman. Zack Snyder move aside please and make room for David Ayer as he should be the face of DC entertainment films moving forward. Suicide Squad is a solid 9 out of 10 mostly thanks to Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.