So, is “Suicide Squad” as bad as the critics have made it out to be? The short answer is yes. Die-hard comic book fans might be happy to see some of their favorite villains come to life on the silver screen, but the storyline lacks in execution and David Ayer’s directing comes across as juvenile at times.
Let’s start with the good: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Robbie embodied everything that Harley Quinn stands for. While she’s a badass super villain, she also has a cute and naïve demeanor. She’s instantly likeable from the moment she’s introduced to the audience. The dichotomy is present as ever when Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” booms in the background as the character gracefully dangles from a self-made rope in her prison enclosure.
There was a ton of hype for Jared Leto’s Joker after Heath Ledger famously brought to life Mr. J in the “Dark Knight” series, but Leto’s interpretation is lackluster. The Joker is barely in the film and when he was on screen, Leto often came across as overacting. In his defense, Leto was unable to develop the Joker's character with the limited camera time he was given.
In one scene, The Joker finds out Harley Quinn was released from prison and keels over. When the camera pans out, dozens of delicately placed butcher knives surround him in a circle-- and it's much more impressive than Leto's acting.
The villains are all brought together to help protect the country in case of a meta-human terrorist attack, but the only reason that kind of emergency breaks out is because the task force was assembled together and one of the meta-humans goes rogue. This is never addressed by any of the characters the film.
Most of the music in the film is pretty dope. The soundtrack ranges from Kanye West to Black Sabbath. The up-tempo beats go well with the action scenes, with the exception of Eminem’s “Without Me." The chorus was cut from the song and instead random lines from the tune are played.
Ultimately, it’s not worth the $15 to see the movie in the theater. If you really want to see “Suicide Squad,” wait for it to come out on Netflix.
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