Suicide Squad (2016)
With Superman dead, the government needs a new group of people to help bring down the evil in the world. They come up with an idea to have all the super criminals that are behind bars fight for the good guys, knowing perfectly well that if they mess up, they will be thrown under the bus and if they try to escape they will be killed. With only their own personal freedoms to negotiate with, a group known as the Suicide Squad is birthed. Their first tasked, bring down the Enchantress and her demonic brother who wish to rule the world.
With a premise that loosely follows that of Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel, DC has the Suicide Squad – a band of misfits thrown together to fight for good. Does it work? Well, this movie is heavily driven by its characters. The first 30 minutes of the movie is simply learning about the super villains who the government wants to recruit and how they can be of benefit. The next 30 minutes of the movie sets up the villain of the story and shows us how the group is set up and how everything is going to work. If you can add, you find out that the 1st hour of the movie is basically information on how the group is formed and who is in it! Talk about exciting!!!! Not!
After the first hour, the movie is basically “hey, there is a bad guy, shoot it.” The plot is the downfall of this movie. The story is paper thin and not interesting at all. The Enchantress reminds me of Gozer from Ghostbusters. She is a crazy, sexy lady who has demons doing her bidding but isn’t really that big a deal, and that is exactly what this movie becomes – not that big a deal.
Speaking of characters, Will Smith and Margot Robbie are the stars. They are front and center which pleased me very much, but what didn’t please me was the amount of screen time Jared Leto got as The Joker. You would have thought he was a major player from the way the previews looked, but he is on screen about 10-15 minutes. That was a let down, but these 3 actors did quite a good job and carrying the film.
If you go into this movie knowing it is a “popcorn movie” then you will be fine, but if you go into this movie thinking it is going to be at the level of the Marvel movies then you will be sadly disappointed. At this point in time, any DC Comics movie should have low expectations, but they can still be fun at some points. Right? Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman, Karen Fukuhara, and Ben Affleck.
5/10 Stars – I’m not calling this movie “good” but it didn’t suck either. It was entertaining for what it was, but the story is so weak that it deserves better.