Suicide Squad Movie Review

By Charlie Z., Writer

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“Suicide Squad” is not as terrible as people make it out to be, but that doesn’t make it good.

“Suicide Squad” is a DC Universe film that premiered on August 5, 2016. It featured top line actors and actresses such as Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Margot Robbie. “Suicide Squad” was highly anticipated by comic book fans, movie critics, and DC Universe fan boys and fan girls, but was it worth the hype?

The majority of viewers of the movie would say not so much. In fact, the average rating on for the film is 6.8 out of ten. To put this in perspective, the beloved crime film “The Godfather” is rated a roaring 9.2 out of ten on average. “Suicide Squad” is rated two entire points lower than “The Godfather” on average. Well, why is that?

First, the plot. Basically, the Suicide Squad is a disposable group of ex-villains, gangsters, and everything in-between that is called upon by the government official, Amanda Waller. They have bombs implanted in their necks, so if they try to escape or disobey her, they will die. The SS is under the leadership of Colonel Rick Flag.  Flag’s girlfriend, Dr. June Moone, was put under a spell by a magical witch named Enchantress, so she goes by that name. Waller tried to recruit her into the Squad, but Enchantress betrayed Amanda and threatened to destroy the world. Makes no sense, right?

At first glance the movie seemed promising. The characters seemed to fit the urban setting well and they seemed to be somewhat elaborate and interesting…spoiler alert, the first impression was a lie.

For example, the Joker is a beautifully complicated character that is an all-time favorite villain for thousands of geeks worldwide. In this film, the Joker was a mess of plot holes and shots in the dark. They hardly went into his amazing and dark backstory and left many newbies to comics with questions.

Jared Leto played the joker in this horrendous film and it was a mismatch to say the least. Leto is no rookie to the Sci-Fi scene, but he is no Joker either. Some of his most critically acclaimed acts include Michael Gondry’s “Requiem for a Dream” and Joel Schumacher’s “Panic Room.” To be completely fair, it was not Leto’s fault at all that the Joker, and many other SS members, flumped in the film. Practically each character in the SS has an elaborate and well thought out background.  No, David that doesn’t mean random clips of character’s pasts work. In the film there are plenty of these little snippets of SS member’s pasts and memories and almost NONE of them add anything whatsoever to the plot. Honestly, the Suicide Squad just has too many members to be crammed into one film.

Aside from the characters, the main problem with this movie is the dreadful plot. One eighth grader stated, “I would change the plot to something more fitting for the squad. ‘Evil being makes apocalypse portal in the sky’ is not the most original plot possible.” The plot itself lacks a fitting conflict, thorough backstories, and a decent ending (don’t even get me started on the ending). The pacing of the film is faster than a race horse and is noticeable even though the movie is almost two hours long. Everything seems to happen at once and NOTHING the viewers want explained is explained. Viewers are left with many “why?” questions, to say the least.

An eighth grader commented, “Something like Batman going rogue and the squad having to stop him would be a lot better.” This plot suggestion is just one of many different ideas viewers have had for the conflict in the film.

Now, for the ending. Fifty percent of the Suicide Squad viewers surveyed said they liked the ending…the other half was furious. In the beginning, the Squad was promised freedom from the Suicide Squad and were promised the ability to live life if they completed their mission.  Needless to say, in the end of the film this was not the case. Yes, they completed their task at defeating the mighty Enchantress, but Amanda Waller only alleviated them from ten years of their sentence. This may be in order for DC to produce a sequel, or maybe not.  Who knows?  Nothing is explained.

Now to talk about the things this film does well. First, the character intros are all really cool and fit the squad members well. They do a great job introducing the members and their features and what they do. Also, the acting is well done. The chemistry between Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Jared Leto (Joker) is undeniably realistic, and Robbie’s overall job was just great. She is the highlight of the movie for sure.

In conclusion, the cast was a great blend of faces we’ve seen and ones we wish we had seen sooner. The plot was a miss and the characters were as well, but certain aspects of the movie were well done and are highlighted. Overall, I give this film a generous seven out of ten rating.  IMDb gave it a six, but because of Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto’s performance as the Joker, I gave it a seven.