Film Review - Suicide Squad

The Movie
Color me pleasantly surprised at this one. To be honest I had no feelings one way or another going into this movie. I am, of course, aware of the Suicide Squad and its various members over the years. This being the first live action take on Task Force X and I have to say DC not bad. The movie does have its issues but compared to their past films I say this one is actually not that bad. I think some of the criticisms of this movie are unjustified but some are completely justifiable. The movie is set up 3 months after Batman vs Superman (which by the way contradicts what was stated initially that the film would take place three months before BvS, maybe that's what the reshoots were for) Amanda Waller has decided to take a group of villains from Bell Reve Prison to form Task Force X to take on jobs that need to be handled discreetly in exchange for time off of their sentences. Should their mission fail or they try to escape their heads get blown off. Where this movie shines, in my opinion, is with the characters and the development of a certain few. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez are all awesome as Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and El Diablo. The background stories that they gave for these characters were great and added a level of humanity and relatability to the film that I just have not seen in other DCCU movies. Will Smith especially does an excellent job as Deadshot, the merc that never misses. It also helps that him and Harley Quinn's characters have instant chemistry. Another standout to me is Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. She is a straight up gangsta in this movie and I think she did a great job of capturing how Waller acts in the comics. The rest of the cast actually did a great job its just the movie seemed to focus more on these characters. The action is good and for the most part you can tell what's going on in each scene. There is some comedy in here and I thought that it worked well with the story that was presented. My problems with the movie actually start with the story. I feel like there were some scenes missing, especially with the Joker. Also I really don't care for how the portrayed the Joker and his motivation in the movie. Honestly, they could have left him out and no one would have noticed. The climatic fight scene at the end was another issue for me. I like to be able to tell what is going in the climax of a movie and that scene it was hard to tell what was happening. I know they were trying to up the ante with the individual they were fighting but when you add a torrential downpour to the mix it just makes things hard to see in my opinion. All in all I think that this movie despite its flaws is a step in the right direction for the DCCU  as the movie has a lot of personality to it and heart.

For Parents
The movie is rated PG-13 and is like most super hero movies. There is a lot of action and violence but most of it is against "monsters" and you don't really see blood that much either. There is some language but nothing to vulgar or out of the ordinary for a super hero movie. The movie is a little over two hours but it is paced very well and it never felt slow at any point to me.

The Verdict
This movie is a solid MATINEE for me. It has its flaws and the story sometimes makes no sense whatsoever but like I mentioned earlier the movie has personality and heart. Its not the best movie but it is a step in the right direction, in my opinion, for the DCCU. Also there is a mid credits stinger that is Justice League related so be sure to sit through at least the first part of the credits. And before I forget the cameos in the movie are not bad. If you have been paying attention to reports then you know what I'm talking about.

The Trailer

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