Thanks to Roadshow films we had the chance to see one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year, Suicide Squad, before its Australian cinematic release; but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
After the events of Batman v Superman, the government is greatly concerned about meta-humans and beings like Superman, who seems to be unstoppable. For that reason, the despicable Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), head of the top-secret government division known as Argus, assembles the ultimate team of anti-heroes, including notorious villains such as DeadShoot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and the mighty supernatural inter-dimensional witch, Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), as the first line of defence in extreme situations. All of these anti-heroes are obliged to follow the commands of soldier Rick Flag (Robocop‘s Joel Kinnaman) and his bodyguard, master sword-woman Katana (Karen Fukuhara), who wields an enchanted sword.
The controversial team of bad guys is first tested when Enchantress goes rogue during a mission, after rescuing her supernatural brother, Incubus; and she soon proves to be the greatest threat to mankind since General Zod’s arrival on Earth.
Directed by Fury’s David Ayer, Suicide Squad is a dazzling cinematic spectacle, with a world-class cast, flawless performances, dark comedy and visuals that appear to have been lifted directly from a comic book sketch. The film is DC’s biggest bet to date, and is especially significant following the mixed (and often unfair) reviews of Batman v Superman. This film combines a bunch of lesser-known characters, such as Diablo, Incubus and Katana with iconic villains like Harley Quinn and the clown prince of crime himself, The Joker (Jared Leto), who, despite only having a secondary role, is a showstopper every time he appears on screen.
Leto‘s joker is a fresh take, and his great psychotic-sadistic performance is sure to make everyone forget about the early controversy regarding his peculiar appearance, complete with tattoos and metal teeth. The Oscar-winning actor is just perfect for the role, and moves away from what his predecessors (Ledger and Nicholson) did with their portrayals (the former being an anarchist and the latter a total comic-based clown). Leto really amazes and we will not be surprised if this charismatic actor/rockstar is nominated for another Oscar.
While Jared Leto is brilliant, the true star of the film is Australia’s Margot Robbie as Mr. J’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn. Robbie owns the character, and once again demonstrates the quality of her acting, elevating the craziness of her character to the next level without going over-the-top, and adding some poignant moments, to boot. In addition, fellow Aussie actor, Jai Courney, appears to be in his element as Captain Boomerang, a character that fits him perfectly. This is not only because he is an Aussie villain who loves to drink, but also because Courtney gets to showcase his comedy chops, delivering some of the film’s funniest moments, as well as some great action sequences. Moreover, comic book fans will need tissues, as a small tribute to an iconic comic book cover by Alex Ross is featured in the film.
It’s impossible not to mention that Viola Davis was a superb casting choice. The Emmy Award-winning actress is remarkable in the role of Amanda Waller, and she remains faithful to the personality of the controversial character in every scene.
Finally, Will Smith‘s Deadshot has a more central role within the squad. Any fears fans may have had regarding his being cast as the iconic DC hitman will be allayed within minutes. He sidesteps most of the film’s comedic moments and delivers a more serious portrayal of his beloved character.
Perhaps the rest of the characters don’t shine as much, but each still has their moment of glory and serve as solid assets to the film. The clever casting reflects the clarity of director David Ayer’s creative vision, as well as the tremendous capability of his cast and crew, in bringing Suicide Squad to life. Furthermore, film’s artwork is superb. It dynamically switches from colourful, comic-book style scenes to darker and more in-depth moments. All of this is complemented by a superb soundtrack that perfectly sets the tone, as well as a fast-paced narrative, good action sequences, and top-notch special effects.
Suicide Squad could easily become DC’s answer to Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy; this film could become its own franchise and certainly leaves the door open for greater things within the DC cinematic universe. Bring it on, Justice League!
Suicide Squad – In Cinemas August 4