by Eleni Pappas
Suicide Squad, the latest feature addition from Warner Bros.’ DC Comics opened up Friday, Aug. 5 and become an instant box office hit. Although it received mixed reviews, with critics hating and fans loving it, the movie broke records and became the number one film in North American theaters. Rated PG-13 starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, and Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad was a film definitely worth seeing.
The film takes off shortly after the death of Superman in Batman V Superman, when U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller decides to form a team of the lowest of the low, expendable, most dangerous group of super-villains to protect the world from meta humans. Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, and El Diablo must find out how to work together, under threat of tiny government brain implanted bombs, to battle an age old meta human set to wipe the world of humanity. All the while, the diabolical Joker unfolds his own evil plan to reunite with his “queen.”
Now, the best moments of this movie was with Leto’s Joker, and there was scarcely enough of him! I loved Leto and his intense representation of Joker, both keeping things from the previous versions but also creating his own within the role and leaving me wanting more. All of the actors, especially Smith and Robbie, along with Leto, did amazing jobs in their roles despite the moderate escalation of the plot. While my inner comic geek was internally squealing every time a character I recognized appeared on screen and the audience laughed at the jokes here and there, the only satisfaction I got from the movie was not from the action sequences. It was with the Joker and Harley moments, and I think fans would agree.
All in all, while I’m glad I finally got to see this movie, I gotta say: the hype just didn’t match up with the quality of the movie. Though I truly believe DC has the potential to produce as great movies as Marvel, they need to do a better job and not cut so many Joker scenes next time. I’m looking at you producers and directors. Create a balance between the action and emotional aspects of the film. Finally, I give this film a B-. It had great actors and awesome special effects, but still this might be a bit generous.