The DC Cinematic Universe. A problem facing studios these days is the pursuit of the ever elusive franchise. That one thing which will allow them to turn a profit time after time after time. With the Suicide Squad, Warner Brothers seem to be onto another sure fire hit. But at what cost? Just like Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad presents a very stylish package, with very little substance.
Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) following the aftermath of the death of Superman from Batman V Superman assembles a group of dangerous criminals that include Dead Shot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). The group must rescue a high value target from a member gone rogue – Enchantress (Clara Delevigne) – otherwise face the possibility of death via implanted bombs in their necks.
With help from Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Colonel Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnamon) must keep his team in line otherwise they truly will be The Suicide Squad.
One must commend Warner Brothers. Trying to setup a super hero cinematic universe is no easy feat. Trying to setup one with Marvels juggernaut dominating is even harder. Suicide Squad is an admirable attempt at adding to the broader DC world but ultimately one that doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Suicide Squad does start off promisingly. The introduction of each member of the titular Squad is very well handled. David Ayers – known for his gritty realism and story telling (Just think Fury and the very underrated Sabotage) deftly mixes witty dialogue and restrained understatement with bouts of epileptic narration. Think a Mozart concert crossed with a Black Sabbath performance and you have a taste of what to expect.
Unfortunately, this is about as good as it gets. From there on Suicide Squad fails to capitalize on this excellent start. For some reason both this movie and B v S the theatrical cut have some questionable edits. It’s almost as if a blind man suffering from the delirium tremors went to town with a pair of scissors on the original material and then glued the pieces together like some schizophrenic paper mache creation. This leaves the movie very disjointed and difficult to follow.
The only two saving graces are Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Both turn in very fine performances in an otherwise inconsistent movie. Margot Robbie especially gives her character such gravitas that it is no wonder that she will be getting her own Harley Quinn spin off in the not too distant future. Will Smith also does well with the material he is given including some very welcome comedic moments hearkening back to his Fresh Prince days.
All in all the Suicide Squad is a letdown as a movie. The promising start gave way to a film that did not know what it wanted to be. If they had maintained the fantastic tone and narrative of the first 15-20 minutes then Suicide Squad would have been a much more enjoyable and compelling view.
I give this movie a 2/5 chillies. Not spicy at all.