Harley Quinn is my favorite comic book villain (even though she did originate in the animated series), and the Suicide Squad is one of my favorite storylines, so needless to say, I was excited for this movie. The bad reviews disappointed me, but I still saw it as early as I was able to, and I ultimately found it to be underrated.
There were a lot of things to like with this film. To start with the obvious, Harley Quinn was great. Margot Robbie captured the maniacal nature of the character very well, and the story was well-written to make her a likable protagonist. There were some very good homages to the classic Harley that delighted the comic book fan in me. Deadshot, who I would consider to be the other main protagonist, was also well-developed to allow the audience to relate to the character. I knew very little about the character of El Diablo, but I ended up liking him a lot, as his backstory was very well-told. Captain Boomerang served as good comedic relief, as does Griggs, played by Ike Barinholtz. I also felt that Viola Davis really nailed the character of Amanda Waller, channeling elements reminiscent of her performance in the TV show "How to Get Away with Murder", and fittingly so. Some of the technical elements were also very well-done, such as the score and the cinematography of the Harley origin story.
There are some things that I didn't like, however. The first half of the movie was really jumpy, even though that is understandable, as it is comprised of the origin stories of the members of the Suicide Squad. The second half, which is the Suicide Squad's actual mission, feels a bit like a rip-off of "The Avengers". Despite this, the film remains consistently enjoyable. I didn't like Enchantress at all. The character was stereotypical, her dialogue was cheesy, and Cara Delevingne is not a good actress. I didn't love Jared Leto's Joker, but it wasn't horrible. I liked how the performance channeled the organized crime elements of The Joker, but some of the delivery was weak, and the character is not as prominent as it should be. I didn't care for Killer Croc, either. He didn't really look like Killer Croc, and the sound mixing wasn't the best, sometimes making it hard to understand his dialogue. Slipknot was just a weak character in general, similar to Hawkeye before his development in "Avengers: Age of Ultron", but his screen time is small, so it isn't that big of deal.
So overall, I really enjoyed "Suicide Squad". It was fun, and there were enough things to like about the film. I think that the critics were harsher on the film than it deserved. It wasn't perfect, but it was good enough that I've already purchased tickets to see it again, this time in IMAX.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Definitely.
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