Possibly one of the year’s most anticipated films, with a robust marketing campaign and a strong ensemble cast, Suicide Squad looked to fill the crater that DC Films had created in the wake of the less than stellar reception of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.
And here’s the good news: Suicide Squad is good. It’s a solid film and that’s enough for DC at the moment to keep spinning the wheel of hype to garner more interest in the DC cinematic universe. Unfortunately, some butchering in the editing department kills this film, and what could have been a great film is merely good enough.With David Ayer behind the lens and the pen, it’s a bit surprising to see the film stick to a PG-13 rating (M equivalent here), with such a motley crew of dark characters, the edge is definitely dulled by the restrictive rating. It would be a dream to see a hard R for a film like this, but nevertheless, the cast still gets to shine in their respective parts.
It’s hard for Will Smith to not be Will Smith but his performance is more than fine as Deadshot. What’s perhaps best about the film is that it doesn’t really focus on one character as the leader. The final act really does use each character in pivotal moments, and it’s great that the best part of the final act doesn’t go to someone like Margot or Will but to Jay Hernandez’s El Diablo. Will Smith is given the most amount of screentime, but each character is allowed to shine (with the exception of Killer Croc and Katana, who don’t really have much of a presence).Perhaps the outstanding performance is Margot Robbie, who despite the overhype and oversaturation in marketing, absolutely kills it as Harley Quinn. She plays the psychopathic queen to the Joker so, so well, and every moment she gets on screen is a delight. She plays with the rest of the cast in ways that elevate the ensemble from good to great and is the glue that brings it all together. Jai Courtney also shines in what could be his first decent movie role as Captain Boomerang, hamming up the Australian accent to full comedic effect. Cara Delevingne rounds the cast as the Enchantress, and is clearly enjoying herself on screen, with some incredibly hammy dialogue and acting that’s too silly to not enjoy.