Well well, This is another film I held off seeing near release date so I could let the hype die down a little. The air was thick of negativity for the film and I like to be as unbiased as possible.
The line-up of the characters in the first section of the film seemed to take up a fair amount of the film. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still learning about the DC characters and their nemesis (or is that nemisi? !) so it was needed for me, but for the fans…those are precious seconds that could be filled with new exciting content.
This fantasy/ crime, all-villain crew pull out the big guns, with Will Smith as Deadshot, (seeming to be the “main character ” as we are introduced to and aligned with him first) hired gun who NEVER misses a shot, trying to build a life with his daughter. Bummer tho, he gets caught by the Batman. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the Jokers Psychiatrist who falls in love with him and becomes just as insane as he is , Jai Courtney as Boomerang the ‘shitbag’ Australian criminal obsessed with his pink unicorn, Jay Hernandez as pyrotechnic gangster Diabolo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc the super-reptile, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, samurai superhero with a soul trapping sword hired to help keep the scum in line and Adam Beach as Slipknot the master of anything rope.
Not forgetting MR J himself, Jared Leto as the Joker. Technically joker isn’t in “the gang at” all, he is more just trying to get this “puddin'” back after she is also caught by Batman, therefore he still remains a law unto himself.
Joel Kinneman as Rick Flag, the military type sent in to curb all of the bad guys like dogs, being the good boyfriend and attempting to look after his possessed anthropologist/ evil Enchantress partner whilst still having to follow orders from Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the Chilling boss lady you don’t want mess with. PHEW!
Set to club together on a top secret mission dubbed ax “Task force X” the team clash with each other but seem to hold it together in the hope of a release or shorter sentence. We all know their release is not on a happen!
With each character entitled to enough screen time to explore and demonstrate their skills and powers we see the origins unfurl and really see what they can do in amazing effects and action scenes… Apart from Slipknot who barely gets a look in…bad luck mate.
Leto brings the Joker to life with his own deep seeded insanity and chaos to the character. The passion and lunacy that flows between Harley and Joker in the Acid bath scene coupled with the soundtrack “Gangsta” by Kehlani…truly at some points you think Harley and Joker could have lead this picture on their own…but it wouldn’t have been the same.
The story sits well between the background of the characters and the style of filming including special effects, sarcastic villain humor, cool weapons and fight scenes as well as pooling their deep seeded feelings as human beings towards the end to club together. ..deep deep down. It’s dark and moody, apocalyptic and really celebrates their powers, apart from the Joker who purely functions on his own fantastic madness and firepower.
After many Joker scenes being cut from the final production, therefore changing the whole mood of the film from adoring crazy Harley and Mr J to abusive, changeable and cold hearted at some points, I can see why they went for this editing, to suit the audience and of course the certificate rating, but mostly it just made me wish they had let the Joker show his true colours, let Jared take the character to the next level and let us see the true comic book villain he was meant to be. However with future possibilities of him having his own movie in the future thmay beybe seen as an introduction, laying foundations to a could-be R rated Joker? We shall have to wait and see!
Well, I enjoyed it for what it is..but feel it’s a C- “could have done better”.
I look forward to the next rendition of the squad as individuals, possibly with a little more fire in its belly for stand lone characters.
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There were a lot of mixed thoughts about this one, huh? The opening of this movie was a really big deal in Toronto because most of the movie was shot here. I think there’s a lot of pressure to cater to everyone with these superhero films- you’re either introducing characters to people who aren’t familiar with them, or you’re trying to expand on an already beloved story. Still might end up watching it to see Jared Leto, though- maybe they’ll have some of the deleted scenes on the DVD release? (Do they release DVDs anymore?)