Warner Brothers has churned out three films from the DC Extended Universe thus far: “Man of Steel” (2013), “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which came out in March, and “Suicide Squad,” which was released in Hong Kong on August 4.
I had the most fun with DC’s latest entry, by far. The film was gritty yet retained a sense of humor throughout (you know how some movies start off really funny but gets really serious in the third act? This one has little humor moments from start to finish.)
The Squad itself was definitely the highlight of the film, as chemistry flourished between characters. Joel Kinnaman was well cast as the no-BS military leader Rick Flag, tasked with leading this team of bad guys including Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) against, simply-speaking, a rogue villain.
Will Smith was… okay. He did enough as the anchor of the Suicide Squad without hitting us with too many of his Will Smith-isms.
Also worth a mention is the Jared Leto’s Joker. This is the first time ever where the Joker is featured in the film but is not the main villain / antagonist. I think that is perhaps why I was not necessary underwhelmed, but left wanting more from that character. I would definitely like to see more of him in feature films.
The standout of this film was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, who packs just enough sexy and crazy into one of the most popular comic book characters of all time. The film will likely be remembered for her performance, and I look forward to watching her on the big screen again.
The film could have been even better if it were not for a weak plot and a fairly CGI-driven third act (though some of the special effects were quite good). I would really recommend this film as it shows the much-needed lighter side of the DC Universe.
Note* there is a mid-credit scene in the movie.