Arts & Culture

Report Card: Suicide Squad

by Jonah King


Overall Rating: C

An average grade sounds about right for a film I rated 2 and 1/2 stars out of 4 when I reviewed the flick for my Medium publication. I wrote such a good review I’ll have to pull a quote from there.

“It was good, but-,” said just about everybody.” 

Deadshot, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Viola Davis: A-

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If Suicide Squad had returned to the think-tank and said, just kidding, we actually could’ve created a better film, these four characters would be the focus. My solution for Suicide Squad is to make Viola Davis’s character, Amanda Waller, the primary villain of the film.

Will Smith is the scene stealer, the moral center, and an overall badass as Deadshot. Deadshot is the hitman that never misses fighting for retribution in hopes he’ll see his daughter again.

Harley Quinn and The Joker are about what you’d expect. They’re crazy and psychotic, and that’s well documented here. The Joker takes a backseat role but continuity wise it makes sense. Jared Leto is convincing enough. Margot Robbie manages to be comedic, sexy, and insane at the same time.

The Witch God + Supporting Roles: D-

In the film, she’s known as, “The Enchantress”. To me, she’s a witch god with magical powers to destroy life on earth. It’s not Cara Delevingne’s fault that her main antagonist character is so boring when there’s much more fun to be had with the characters I spoke of above. She also has a brother who dies in the most menial nonsensical way possible.

Then there’s the band of misfits. Diablo, the evil Johnny Storm, a crocodile, an Australian guy that throws boomerangs, and a girl with a katana aptly named Katana. You could tell they didn’t matter when an attempt was made to build an emotional attachment to Diablo is derailed by Harley Quinn who says, “So what, we’re villains?”

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The Justice League: D

It was cool to see Batman and The Flash doing their thing in brief cameos, but I have to take a quick shot for continuity reasons at this soon to be formed Justice League. There’s a scene where the Enchantress is wrecking house on the entire east coast of America, and not a single member of the Justice League cares to respond to the call?

Continuity: F

Speaking on behalf of film continuity, plot devices and details took the biggest L in Suicide Squad which hampered the film from being as good as we wanted it to be.

It’s not minute plot details. I’m not grasping at straws here.

Why does the Enchantress have a heart and her brother does not (which leads to the most disappointing shenanigans in the film)? Why is Viola Davis floating in the sky and then suddenly reappear like she wasn’t just floating in the sky in a giant beam of light? You lost me Suicide Squad.

Final Thoughts

I did like Suicide Squad for the first hour and change. Eventually, being a villain film in superhero clothing with multiple combustible elements and plot lines to follow bogged the film down in its final sequences.

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