I watched Suicide Squad yesterday and had some thoughts on it that I wanted to share. But I’ve realized reviewing movies is hard and I’m not particularly good at it. But then I saw some of these pros and cons posts that people on reddit like to do for movies, and thought it was a good way to get the things I liked and disliked about the movie out there without making it into a full review. So here it is, Suicide Squad pros and cons list.
- By far the best part of the movie for me was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. She looked absolutely stunning in her makeup and costume and got Quinn’s personality almost perfectly. Will Smith as Deadshot was great as well. He easily had the best lines in the movie and delivered them with perfect timing, injecting some much needed humor into an otherwise action heavy movie. Honorable mention: Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. I didn’t personally care much for the character itself but Courtney played the part well and was one of the more likable characters in the movie.
- The CGI work was stunning. I particularly loved the aura of darkness around Enchantress and her transitions from June Moone.
- I realized while watching the movie that they never revealed who the main villain was in the trailers, so finding that out during the movie was quite an unexpected twist.
- The movie has definite pacing issues. It rushes forward at a frantic pace in the beginning, throwing expositions for all the characters in your face faster than you have time to digest them, then slows down to a grind in the middle, only to pick up again towards the end. The editing is also choppy. Just like BvS, it seems several chunks of the movie are missing and were left on the editing floor. I hope there is an extended cut somewhere because that would be the one to watch. At the same time, some parts also seem like they were tacked on at the last minute. Overall, not a very cohesive watch.
- There is not a lot of Joker in the movie; maybe about ten minutes tops. Which is just as well because I didn’t like this Joker one bit. I know the Joker has gone through many changes over the years and has been portrayed in different ways by different actors but this is possibly my least favorite. His voice and mannerisms were generally fine but I just didn’t like his look, with the costumes and the weird tattoos. The Joker laugh from the trailer, which sounded nice and creepy as it should, felt forced in the movie as he did it at random moments just to drive home the point of how craaaazzzzyyy he is. His scenes were also very rushed, especially in the beginning. Overall, not one of Joker’s finest moments on screen.
- With a movie with these many characters, some were bound to be underutilized but you don’t realize just how much until you watch it. The movie primarily focuses on Harley Quinn and Deadshot, with the two getting most of the lines and plenty of flashback exposition sequences. The others, not so much. Without spoiling anything, some characters could have definitely used more screen time and cool scenes and others were downright wasted.
- I didn’t like the way some characters show up earlier on in the movie and later just disappear. One of them is Batman (once again played wonderfully by Ben Affleck) who I’m mentioning because he was in the trailer so it’s not a spoiler. He’s there in a few scenes in the first half an hour or so and later just disappears. It’s weird seeing him show up for comparatively timid stuff and then just disappear when the real shit was going down towards the end. It would be one thing if he wasn’t there in the movie at all (like X-Men in Avengers movies) but to be there earlier and go missing later seems very odd.
- In a bid to make Harley come across as a badass characters, the movie kinda goes too far. Her “power” comes from the fact that she’s completely off her rocker and is fearless so she can hold her own in a fight. But she’s not a metahuman nor a trained fighter, so seeing her wipe out so many strong opponents with a baseball bat came across as a bit much.
- Not sure what was going on with the soundtrack but it was random as fuck. The individual songs were all good but they would play at inappropriate moments in the movie and just stuck out as sore thumbs, and the movie trying too hard to be cool. They were probably going for a Guardians of the Galaxy vibe but it just didn’t work out for them.
Overall, it’s not a bad movie per se, and there is definitely some enjoyment to be had. The DC connection increases the expectations understandably and then it doesn’t quite stack up but as a generic action movie it is kinda fun and almost enjoyable if you don’t think too much about it.