Since it's trailer was leaked back in 2015, Suicide Squad has been one of the most heavily anticipated superhero (or villain) movies in recent years. Many would call it DC's answer to the Guardians of The Galaxy, and for us who read and love the comics, this is all we could have hoped for.
Movie critics worldwide have been divided by David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Some love it, but it seems that the majority have given it unfair slander. I will not be reviewing this movie as a movie fan, but as a comic fan who enjoys comic book movies. So with that said, let's jump straight in.
For those who are unfamiliar with the premise of the Suicide Squad I will explain briefly. The Suicide Squad, AKA "Task Force X," is a covert group of supervillains that the US government deploys for missions deemed too dangerous for the military. To keep them in check, each squad member is implanted with a nano bomb in their neck; should they step out of line, their bomb is detonated. At the trigger and helm of the entire operation is Amanda Waller, commonly referred to by her very appropriate nickname "The Wall." Amanda is one of the most devious and cunning characters in the DC universe and she is a force to be reckoned with.
Suicide Squad's plot is fairly simple and it follows a similar formula to most superhero movies over the last 10 years, rendering the story somewhat generic. However, the fact that this is a movie all about bad vs worse makes this a more unique (albeit not much) take on the cinematic superhero genre as a whole, all while staying, for the most part, comic accurate. There are a couple of plot holes here and there as expected, but these plot holes are pretty minor, so it's nothing story breaking.
Every great superhero movie needs a primary antagonist who is equally as great, and this is where Suicide Squad suffers a little. I'm not saying that Cara Delevigne's Enchantress is as bad as Spider-Man 3's Venom, but she's not exactly a Thanos either. She's okay, a little undeveloped, but not terrible either.
The other characters in Suicide Squad are among the most comic accurate I've seen so far in a live action adaptation. Everyone from Harley, El Diablo and Captain Boomerang to Amanda Waller, Rick Flag and Batman are all depicted brilliantly. The only character I take issue with is Deadshot. Now, before I get any flack just hear me out; I love Will Smith and I think he's a fantastic actor, but he just isn't Floyd Lawton. Perhaps this is because I'm a huge Deadshot fan so I'm very nit-picky with the character, but I feel as though Will's incarnation of the man with a death wish was just a little too... Well, Will Smith.
The biggest takeaways from this movie are undoubtedly the clown prince of crime, the Joker (Jared Leto) and his court jester, Harley (Margot Robbie.) These two explode from the dark and moody color palette in a spectacular manner, bringing a shining light to such a grim aesthetic. Like many others I was extremely worried about how well Margot and Leto would portray Harley and Joker. However, my skepticism was soon short-lived after seeing the movie. They were both great, and I'd go as far to say that they were the best part of the movie. I'm also going to go on record and say that Jared Leto is the best live-action Joker thus far, and Margot Robbie is the perfect actress to play Harley Quinn.
Verdict: Suicide Squad isn't a bad movie by any means and I genuinely don't know why it has received so many negative reviews. Sure, it's not perfect, but most movies aren't. Go and see it for yourself and have fun with it, you may just end up having a blast.