Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Batman, Ben Afflick, Cara Delevingne, Enchantress, Harley Quinn, Heath Ledger, Jai Courtney, Jared Leto, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman, Joker, Justice League, Margot Robbie, Marvel Comics, Scott Eastwood, Suicide Squad, Viola Davis, Will Smith
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting to actually enjoy this film. Critics have absolutely slated it since it’s release and I was worried there would be a lot of links to other DC films that I wouldn’t get having not seem them all. However, I was pleasantly surprised as Suicide Squad was a very enjoyable watch! I don’t know what all those critics were watching but everyone I have spoken too loved it and so did I!
The film follows a team of the world’s most dangerous Super Villain’s (aka the Suicide Sqaud), who were put together by US Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) in order to fight any superhumans that may want to use their powers for bad rather than good. In order for the Squad to follow commands and not do bad themselves, Waller fitted them with explosives in their necks and the threat that if they deter they will be killed instantly. The first part of the film is just Waller rounding up the various members of the Squad, as she does this we are given a quick background into their characters and what makes them so dangerous. Helping Waller is Army commander Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and his girlfriend June Moone. June has been inhabited by a spirit called Enchantress (both played by Cara Delevingne) who struggles to keep control of herself until Enchantress takes over completely and starts her plan to turn the world bad. It is then up to the Suicide Squad to stop her before it’s too late.
The Suicide Squad consists of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) but it’s really Will Smith and Margot Robbie that take centre stage, there’s more information given into their characters so you form a deeper connection with them. Margot Robbie is fast becoming one of my favourite actresses and her role as Harley Quinn is simply outstanding. Her character is psychotic, strong, fearless and yet also a little naive and completely fuelled by love (her boyfriend is the infamous Joker from Batman, most notably played by the late Heath Ledger, but here the role is taken over by Jared Leto). Margot achieves all this to create a character that you will absolutely love, she definitely has the best lines in the film, bringing a lot of laughs as well as more touching moments. I love how unafraid she is and is more than willing to help out in the fighting amongst the men.
Will Smith is also great in his role as Deadshot, this is a role that brings him back from many of his slightly underwhelming performances over the recent years – it’s been a while since a good Will Smith film was released! There is a huge emotional impact in his character as we see touching moments with his daughter who he would do anything to protect but due to the nature of his work (a hitman) and now as part of the Squad he has no access to her at all. His motivation to help the Government is down to the promise that he will be free to be with his daughter – something which is put to the test later on in the film.
The other members of the Squad are all brilliantly cast but it is very much the Margot and Will show. Jared Leto is incredible as The Joker, there’s something about him that is very disturbing but he’s actually not really in the film that much and to be honest I’m not entirely sure as to why he was there other than to back up Harley Quinn and her obsession towards him. Now I haven’t seen the Batman film in which Heath Ledger played The Joker so I have nothing to compare him too, I don’t know if my opinion of Jared’s version would change had I seen it but I thought Jared did a very good job. Scott Eastwood and Ben Afflick also make small appearances, Scott as Lieutenant Edwards and Ben in his role as Batman – although again Ben is in it even less then Jared, but I have been informed by my friends more up to date with the DC comics that his character is there to link the film to the new Justice League film due out next year.
Overall, I really did like Suicide Squad, I thought the cast were all brilliant, Will and Margot in particular. Viola Davis also shone as Waller, although it’s unclear whether her intentions really are for good as there are moments when she is completely ruthless which leave you shocked and siding more with the Squad who are supposed to be worse people than her! Also Joel Kinnaman (right) is just lovely to look at and has the most gorgeous husky voice so that made the film all the more enjoyable to watch…! The only downside would be Cara Delevingne, unfortunately she’s not the best of actresses which slightly ruins things. However, the soundtrack is superb, really connecting the scenes to the action and with songs from Skrillex, Eminen and Lil Wayne (to name a few) it really brought out a gangsta vibe to go with the bad-ass characters. I would really recommend this film, whether you’re a DC Comic fan or not, it’s a great watch for both men and women.