Suicide Squad Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Writer/Director: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Joel Kinnaman
Running Time: 2 hours 3 minutes
Where It Can Be Seen: In Theaters Now!
I will fully admit that up until this film was announced, I had absolutely zero knowledge about its comic book source. Didn't know about any of its character therein the comics - Well, except for The Joker and Harley Quinn (knowing very little about her character but having seen her a few times in other source materials). However the idea, the concept of the plot line is pretty much right up my alley! And also the fact that writer/director David Ayer was behind the script as well as directing the picture, not to mention having the cast it did, well, I think it's very safe to say, it definitely caught my attention!
Every single trailer they had released got people excited! Watching trailer reactions on Youtube is an addiction of mine. But other than 1 or 2 people that were a bit weary about the movie, a great deal of people who watched those trailers, from the teaser until the last one, got a taste for the kind of ride they'd be going on whenever got to see the film itself! And I cannot mention the trailers without talking about how incredibly well done they were! Showing us a lot and yet giving nothing away about the details of the plot, as well as the editing being done in a really cool music video style where the cuts in the trailer will match rhythmically to the AWESOME music track choices they put in the trailer! Don't worry you'll see below, I picked my personal favorite trailer version to tack on to this review! The trailers without a doubt gave a sense of the maddening fun we were to see and experience while watching the movie! And also it was surprisingly funny and manage to very cleverly sprinkle in these moments of levity, which made it a delight to see! As Harley Quinn herself would say in the film - "What a ride!".
Now, from the moment I walked out of that theater after having seen the movie, I felt strongly that there weren't really no good guys in this story to battle the bad guys, which was truly like being able to finally inhale a deep breath of fresh air. Instead I felt it was more like Bad vs. Evil! That's what I thought made those characters compelling to watch! And as the story unfolded you did get to see the heroism in these villains, that made it all the more exciting to see! I will even go so far as to say there were a couple of moments where it had me welling up, just because 1.) The actors were stellar in their performances, giving their characters such depth and emotion. 2.) They made them, in some distant way, relatable. So even if I couldn't relate to the situation they were in, or the kind of people they were, I could relate on an emotional level.
Those moments of emotion were authentic, relatable, and even intense! For once in a film I could say I was rooting for the bad guys in their morally flexible ways, and I didn't even have to feel bad about it! These characters were the underdogs, the throwaways, looking for redemption in the most unlikeliest of places and with one of the most the unsavory of characters I've ever seen on film! And each of them did it for what I would argue would be righteous goals and intentions. Whether it be redemption, love, honor, or freedom. These are all fundamental things that everyday people seek out on a daily basis. So while there are those nit-pickers who are talking about all the things they Didn't like about the movie in comparison to the comic book, I saw a very human story disguised by a fantastical plot and characters who were given a chance to for once use their special abilities to do something good. And to me it doesn't get more heroic than that.