Movie Review: Suicide Squad

So my friends and I got together last week and ended up watching two movies, Suicide Squad and Ghostbusters.  I’ll be reviewing Ghostbusters in my next post.  Obviously I’m late the reviewing of these two, having gotten them as rentals rather then seen in the theater, but they are new to me, so I figured it counted.

Suicide Squad is a DC Comics based film.  The premise is that Amanda Walker puts together a band of villains to save the country.  It both turns out well and very much not well at the same time.  None of the villains are there by choice, but rather leverage Walker has.  They barely tolerate one another.  However they are bonded in their dislike of Walker and Flagg, the only non-villain on the team.  However, when The Enchantress betrays Flagg and Walker, they find themselves on the same side.  Of sorts.

I went into watching this film with no real comic book know how.  My only prior exposure to Suicide Squad is through Smallville which had Flagg, Deadshot and that’s pretty much it as far as characters that appear in this movie.  Completely different as well from what appeared in this movie.  I was also somewhat familar with Harley Quinn just from having a bunch of comic book fans as best friends.

Overall the movie was alright, although I suspect it is better if you are a comic book fan and have the sentimentality towards various characters.  The only real issue I had was the abundance of the Joker who basic plot had no real need to be in the movie.  And he’s probably my least favorite version of the character.  I saw why they had him in there, in Harley’s backstory, but his continual presence seemed like they had actual footage so why not use it rather than something necessary.

Some of the CGI seemed a little awkward at parts yet great in others.

I’m going to give this film a B-.  Talented cast, but more of a film if you actually had a interest in DC comics before this.

 

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