Film: Suicide Squad
Duration: 123 minutes
Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevigne, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Director: David Ayer
At last the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has got its ball rolling (actually) with the release of Suicide Squad. A bunch of super villains who never really would have thought of coming together to fight the terror that meta-humans bring to the earth (P.S: Superman is a meta-human too, just saying!).
From the initial scenes of the film one would surely get the idea as to what kind of a roller coaster ride we have booked for.
Being a part of the DCEU the movie starts off from where ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ ended. Now that the Superman is gone, the world needs someone to save their pichwada. With all hopes on the Batman and the Wonder Women, A.R.G.U.S. has a backup plan in case these heroes turn their back on the Government (Note: She ain’t no coward).
Amanda Waller, the head of government agency A.R.G.U.S. assembles a team of criminals/killers who are too dangerous to be given a clean chit. The introductions to each team member has been showcased in a very formative manner in the movie. The team unfolds one by one, Deadshot- An assassin and expert marksman with an array of a huge arsenal, Harley Quinn- The craziest supervillain that a team can ever have (beauty with a dysfunctional brain), El-Diablo- Devil gifted with a menacing fire power which he reserves for quite some time in the movie, Captain Boomerang- A robber+ killer who has expertise with deadly boomerangs to knock down people, Enchantress- Dr. June Moone is possessed with an ancient evil spirit who’s controlled by Amanda Waller(no more spoilers), Killer Croc- A supervillain who looks and kills like a croc, Katana- an expert swords-women who Rick Flag brings with him(the only non-criminal member of the team).
After the characters have been given an intro they are directly pushed into limelight with little knowledge of the task they have at their hands. Field Commander Rick Flag is told to lead the team of villains who have to follow his commands or die (literally, no jokes here). Harley Quinn is introduced into the movie along with the much awaited return of The Joker. This certainly lights up the screen as their bond is somewhat of a psychic relation between two way-too-mentally-ill characters.
The movie keeps entertaining you with all the action sequences throughout the film. There are some really comic one liners that are sure to tickle the funny bone during the short span of time which the movie has. Will Smith has made a remarkable comeback to superhero world (post Hancock) and keep you entertained all the time. Margot Robbie totally justifies the character of Harley Quinn who has this crazy voices in her head all the time.
Jared Leto has brought the Joker to life once again as his timing and dialog delivery are inch perfect to what one could have expected off him(Heath Ledger reincarnated). Once would have expected that movie makers could have given a bit more screen-time to the Joker considering his popularity. But none the less, we hope he gets a whole movie for himself (probably a solo Batman movie) under the DCEU.
The background score throughout the film is super awesome. One will surely fall in love with the characters instantly. The direction is good if not the best. The cinematography could have been better considering certain scenes were really slow and some were too quick to catch pace with. Being a part of the DCEU the movie shows glimpses of the future that lies ahead and one would simply await the DCEU to bring their rat out of the hat.
Not Good. Not Bad.
Summary : The movie is a good one-time-watch considering the fact that some of the great characters of the film could have been given more screen space. The film eclipses in the first half and could have had a better antagonist. But none the less it surely brings the first showers of success to the DCEU with more to come in the near future. Watch out for the Post Credits scene in case you have not yet established the habit of waiting post the movie.
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Himanshu is Jack of some and master of none kind-of a person. Loves reading and writing for the masses. Software Engineer by profession, couch potato by choice. Stupid yet smart and loves to be the focal point of all the brainless jokes the world has to offer.