Suicide Squad Review

From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do.

However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?


The Good

Well it’s better than Batman v Superman and this is coming from someone who liked Batman v Superman. First of all it is a good step in the right direction for DC Comics because there is continuity after the events of Batman v Superman.

We are all aware of The Batman cameo and while I’ve heard mixed reviews that he was pointless, I’d like to point out that half the characters in Suicide Squad are Batman villains and so it does make a lot of sense to include The Dark Knight.

For starters it’s a fun movie yet certain characters die….hows that for substance?

You really only need to pay attention to just a few characters, the first of which is Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie. Rumour has it she got the role without auditioning. Worry was that she would be irritating. Verdict: Nailed the role

Deadshot played by Will Smith probably got the most criticism given that comic book fans will find that Smith is hardly the first pick for Floyd Lawton and I agree. The style of character portrayal is too similar to his previous performances. However because he’s part of a big group and with the limited screen time, I’d say it works out just fine in terms of group dynamics.


Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis is the real stand out character for me. Played to perfection and if you’ve read about the character in the comics, you’ll agree. I can’t say any more about her cos she was perfect.

And then there’s the big one, Jared Leto as the Joker. He’s not Heath Ledger, not the same style and not the same type of scary. He was never going to be so get over it!!

I like what they’ve done with his character. It’s more comic book like and for the first time we get to see the sick and twisted love he and Harley Quinn have for each other. This is a very different approach and it gives respect to Ledger’s iconic work because it’s not a copycat job.

The Bad

Thin Plot? Meaningless action? It’s a comic book film, stop taking your brain too seriously. In fact leave it at home and enjoy a popcorn movie with an awesome soundtrack for once!!


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I don’t understand why comic book fans are saying “Oh Marvel is so much better!! What rubbish from DC”

Yeah sure, Marvel got their sh*t together a whole lot sooner than DC did but why aren’t we rejoicing and just enjoying the best of both worlds?

By: Elliott Danker

Suicide Squad opens in cinemas 4 Aug

Images courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures Singapore

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