Never thought you’d be on the side of the villains? Never thought you’d see another DC movie? Well think again — because after this, you will. On both notes. Here’s my spoiler-free review!
Heading in to this, I had expectations from the trailer but not much else: I’m not a huge superhero fan and have a hard time following the insane DC web. However, that was different when it came to Suicide Squad. The premise of the film is simple: Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) rounds up her best vigilantes to fight. Naturally, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) — the Joker’s lady, who’s behind bars for teaming up with him but getting caught, and Deadshot (Will Smith) — a hitman who never misses a shot — lead the pack along with Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Together, their led by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), who has an emotional connection to the situation.
The action starts from minute one — and heads up, if you have to use the bathroom, go after the beginning intros: they’re the most fun scenes in the movie and you’ll be lost without them. You meet Ben Affleck‘s Batman a few short times, which were incredible, had you not seen it in the previews.
That’s my main complaint here: the previews. Was Margot amazing as Harley Quinn? One hundred percent. Was I surprised by any part of her story or laughing in shock? No, not at all because I had seen nearly all of it in the multiple trailers and clips released. That being said, one character we didn’t see much of in the trailer was Deadshot — which I was thrilled about because in the film, he’s the standout.
It’s no surprise that Will Smith can play the role of a proud parent. Deadshot has a daughter, who is his reason for everything he does in life. However, that doesn’t stop him from killing people for money (he needs to send her to school, duh!). So that drive in his character definitely won me over, combined with his one-liners and insane stunts. Oh yeah, I’d also like to call out that target practice scene which we all know he learned from shooting Little Tiffany in Men in Black. Just sayin’.
Over all, the movie was action packed. It didn’t have enough Joker for my liking, but the scenes Jared was in, he crushed, and some of the writing was a little iffy and literal; however, overall the movie nailed it from beginning to end. It absolutely will have you laughing, maybe even crying (guilty), and definitely cheering for more. Oh yeah, that post-credits scene is also a game changer.