Release: August 5, 2016
Story: Devious government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has formed a team of the worst criminals and meta-humans to perform the government’s deadliest missions. The team consists of an expert marksman (Deadshot played by Will Smith), a former psychiatrist (Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie) driven insane by the Joker, a thief (played by Jai Courtney) with weaponized boomerangs, a gang member and pyrokinetic (played by Jay Hernandez), and a half-man/half-crocodile (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). The team is led by an army special forces officer (played by Joel Kinnaman) protected by a skilled, sword wielding martial artist (Karen Fukuhara). Our protagonists must save the fictional Midway City from an archeologist (played by Cara Delevingne) possessed by an ancient sorceress called Enchantress. The five squad members have had micro-bombs implanted in their brains if any of them step out of line. With Enchantress decimating Midway and the Joker (played by Jared Leto) on the loose and determined to set Harley Quinn free, it won’t be easy for our “heroes” to complete the mysterious mission goals set out by the untrustworthy Waller.
Thoughts: Well, it was better than Batman v Superman. If you read my review for that film, you’d know that isn’t saying much. Still chalk full of dark material, Suicide Squad is wise enough to be the first DC Universe movie to add in a considerable amount of humor and fun to go along with the dreary drama. The movie, like the two superhero outings that preceded it, fails in the script department, which isn’t able to keep up with, properly flesh out, and do justice to all the characters it’s throwing at the audience. The action is visually too dark and subpar to make up for the lack of enough substantial character moments between our team members. Suicide Squad’s saving grace is Margot Robbie’s fun and accurate turn as Harley Quinn, the sympathetic and well-acted pyrokinetic El Diablo, and the ever charming Will Smith (even though he’s really just playing himself and not the crazed Deadshot from the comics). There are also some brief squad moments and a few small character traits, such as Captain Boomerangs love of unicorns or an occasional funny line from Killer Croc, that brighten up the movie from time to time. These DC films are slowly getting better, but the comic company needs to seriously step up its game if it hopes to straighten out this messy, uneven universe it’s developing.
P.S. Would it hurt for Leto’s Joker to actually, you know, make jokes instead of, most of the time, laughing at things that aren’t even funny in a dark humor way.