Its difficult to say anything that hasn’t already been said about Suicide Squad. While I think its a mediocre film, I do have a few positive things to say about it.
For starters the film is vastly superior to Man of Steel and Batman V Superman in terms of character development.
Deadshot, for example, is a hitman struggling to maintain his relationship with his daughter. He’s shown to be a conflicted character, wanting to survive the mission so he can redeem himself in the eyes of his daughter.
Now Deadshot won’t have you tearing up, but compared to the bland characters in the previous DC films he makes Suicide Squad quite engaging.
Harley Quinn is also an interesting character. She adores the Joker and wants to be with him again, even though its quite obvious their relationship is driven by obsession and madness. She’s a tragic individual and I wanted to see more of her story.
I should say I actually didn’t mind Jared Leto’s Joker.
I can understand people’s complaints about him being inaccurate to what he is in the comics but I appreciated that he was a less conventional interpretation. I thought him being a psychopathic gangster was a good, original take on the character.
The great problem with Suicide Squad is the structure.
Like Batman V Superman there are too many characters and backstories to make a clear, emotionally-engaging narrative.
Deadshot and Harley Quinn get the most development but their stories are overshadowed by six other characters and backstories.
If a couple of subplots were cut I think the film would’ve felt a lot more defined.
Despite the cluttered structure, Suicide Squad is the best cinematic effort from DC so far and suggests that perhaps we may see a DC film that’s on par with the Marvel films…some day.
I give Suicide Squad a worthy 5 out of 10.