Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

2021-06-24 - Reading time: 3 minutes

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Finally got around to it!

I was initially interested in it back when it came out, but all the stories and horrible things I'd heard... and THAT JOKER... I noped out pretty fast.

Fast forward to 2021 -- figured I'd give it a go, since I seriously enjoyed Margot Robbie's version of Harley in Birds of Prey. That, and it's pretty much the last DCEU film I'd yet to see. 

And I... liked it? 

Now, hold up, I mean, it's by NO MEANS perfect. But I actually had a better time here than, say, with the sequel to Wonder Woman '84. Which, honestly, I never thought I'd ever say considering how near godly the original WW was.

This was fun. It was pretty much what I expected after years of exposure, but there were actually several twists in this I didn't know about despite everything I'd heard.

Smith's Deadshot is fun, but only because it's Will Smith playing Will Smith with shooting skills delivering dialogue like a tired Will Smith. And if that still works for you, here you go. (It did for me, despite this.)

Harley is fun, but a lot more unhinged. In the bad way. I thought for sure Joker was going to betray her at some point, and we'd get the start of her disconnect from him and her liberation.

But no, we're in full Stockholm Syndrome mode for the entire film. 

That said, this was a great stepping stone to her further refinement in Birds of Prey, where she stole the film for me.

The rest had their moments -- especially Diablo. (And hey, it's the positively delightful Karen Fukuhara (The Boys) as Katana! Woo!)

Hell, I didn't even hate Joker...?! No, I'm serious -- and I can't believe I'm saying it. 

I still absolutely LOATHE his version of the character. But.... I can't really deny that this gangsta thug incarnation... he slots in quite well into this particular, gritty universe.

I mean, I can dislike him and still accept that he's a good match, right?

Enchantress was interesting, but as the ultimate goal of the film it was kind of lacking. The ending reminded me a whole lot of Ghostbusters, actually. With more sword fighting. Less marshmallows.

Far better than expected, but it was a almost the lowest possible bar going in, so... the deed is done. Glad I gave it a go. It's not the complete dumpster fire folks said, but still on the lower end of the DCEU's already low-skewed rankings.

3/5

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