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Will Smith – Floyd Lawton / Deadshot
Margot Robbie – Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
Jared Leto – Joker
Viola Davis – Amanda Waller
Jai Courtney – George “Digger” Harkness / Captain Boomerang
Cara Delevingne – Dr. June Moone / Enchantress
Jay Hernandez – Chato Santana / El Diablo
Karen Fukuhara – Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana
Ike Barinholtz – Griggs
Harley Quinn has to be by far the best character in Suicide Squad. The actress displays a constant energy which rolls the movie along nicely. Not to mention she’s very sexy. Even my loins stirred at one point as Robbie strut around in those tiny hotpants, swinging her baseball bat. Her simple outfit, makeup and energy are a colourful explosion of dynamic which light the screen up nicely.
Robbie also brings great physical performance to Suicide Squad with a lot of bending and twisting, in the style of a gymnast. Her agile body movements (particularly when hanging from a helicopter by a piece of silk) bring an almost sinister atmosphere. That grin on her face as she moves is just weird. I loved it. Top marks here.
Suicide Squad isn’t hilarious, but it contains comedy moments when needed. If these moments in the script didn’t exist I have a feeling the movie would have nose-dived incredibly and left a number of viewers baffled – the main reason being the movie fuels itself on violence. In a nutshell, you’re watching a handful of extremely aggressive people punch their way through a city and kill – or beat the shit out of – various characters. It’s a constant stream of gritty violence, and without the odd sarcastic one-liner thrown in, would have probably been unbearable to watch. Because there were scenes which were just awful (more on that later).
There is something Cult about this movie. A group of misfit characters each with his or her own stand-out quality. Vibrant costumes. Colourful makeup. Signature props. Even one of the advertisment posters is bright green with purple ‘splat’ marks, a (presumably) dead person’s face making up the ‘Q’ in the second letter. Suicide Squad is tacky. Is vulgar. Is deliciously irrelevant. Is loud in every sense. This is one of those random gems I’m certain you’ll either hate to love – or love to hate. If it doesn’t gain Cult status I’ll eat my pants. (Christ, I’d be the first person in roughly two and a half years whose face has gone near them).
Fuck knows, but she is very good in Suicide Squad. The girl gives it her all as Enchantress June Moone. She’s weird, has a weird name, she’s freaky, and has some really animated facial expressions. This is quite different to most of her roles, it’s good to watch.
The story of this movie is dire. One of the worst, most uninteresting plots I have ever seen. A handful of dangerous (mentally and physically) criminals get chucked into a post-apocalyptic city and are asked to slay the creatures (whatever the hell they are) currently inhabiting it.
That’s all you get. Other than this, Suicide Squad is basically a load of random people thrown together and asked to display as much violence and vulgar behaviour as best as they possibly can. There is hardly anything enjoyable about it, unless you like watching mundane action taking place on screen whilst a lot of backing actors idly stroll across the set during this.
This movie is like an explosion at DC Comics headquarters – or rather – is like every employee at DC Comics just had their stomachs pumped and thrown at the cinema screen.
It’s messy; there are explosions and fire all over the place. Characters overcrowding the camera. Undeveloped character backgrounds – I.E. Lawton (Smith) is seen with his daughter at one stage trying to bond, but failing. The movie then drops the drama and continues.
The Joker pops up – then pisses off.
Violence is used for the hell of it.
It’s an absolute bloody mess. Trashy. And I would never sit down to watch Suicide Squad again.
Suicide Squad is a perfect example of one of those movies everyone talks about and makes sound like it’s going to be brilliant due to the popular cast line up.. but turns out to be a load of crap. Let’s face it, the main reason people root about it is the cast and the link to DC Comics. So on that level, if you like either of these elements then you’ll no doubt enjoy Suicide Squad. On the serious level of good film however, the story is awful. And it’s beyond trashy. I wouldn’t let my worst enemy watch this movie.
And I was surprised Viola Davis agreed to be part of such a feature, it’s a step back for her. But a massive step forward for Margot Robbie who singlehandedly makes a crap movie a bit more bearable.
If you have any taste in film whatsoever you’d avoid this like the plague.