Suicide Squad (2016)


ss“We’re bad guys, it’s what we do.” – Harley Quinn

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Oct 2016)

Brief Synopsis – The government forms a team of criminals into an ultimate fighting machine in order to send them

My Take on it – Yes, It took me a while to finally see this and I must say that timing is everything here.

Back when this film came out in the summer, lots of people were complaining about it.  The biggest problem I recalled hearing was the lack of screen time for Jared Leto’s version of the Joker.

The truth is, after having seen this, I’m quite glad that his character was only used sparingly here because otherwise this very over-the-top performance would completely overshadow the rest of the ensemble cast.

And THAT’S what makes this film work so well, the characters all seem to work well together despite their differences because of their common goal; to stay alive.

Just like in the film The Dirty Dozen (1967), the criminals realize that they must work together in order to get thru the mission and stay alive.

This film feels like a modernized version of that film because of the additional use of technology to keep them in line.

I really liked the way that they introduced us to each of the characters, so that we get a clear idea of who they are (and of course who they aren’t).

The action is practcally non-stop and the added bonus of having prominent DC characters show up here and there helps to create the world of Gotham and the DC Universe as a whole.

This is a good idea for a superhero team and I really can’t wait to see them pop up again in future DC related films as either cameos or as part of the main team.

Bottom Line – Great introduction to the live action personas of these characters. The story works as a modern/superhero version of The Dirty Dozen (1967).  The action moves along really well. Great ensemble cast that seem to work well together when needed.  Leto was interesting as The Joker, but I’m glad he wasn’t a prominent character here because otherwise, his over the top antics would completely overshadow everyone else. Looking forward to further stories with these characters. Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jared Leto got so immersed in playing The Joker that he wouldn’t break out of character on set even when he wasn’t filming. He even sent his fellow cast members “Joker-like” presents: a live rat to Margot Robbie and bullets to Will Smith and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.  Scott Eastwood commented that Leto frightened him at times with his behavior, and Smith mentioned that he actually never met the real Leto.(From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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3 thoughts on “Suicide Squad (2016)

  1. So, I finally got to watch this last night and like you, didn’t have very high expectations…in fact, I was expecting something really bad based on all the reviews. And I must admit, I was hooked right from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed this one. The Joker was there in just enough dosages. Harley Quinn was excellently acted. Overall, a fun one.
    I’d never thought of it as a modern Dirty Dozen but now that you’ve mentioned it…absolutely. Hmmm, I should watch that one again…bee years and years.

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