Cinemaster Score: 4.1/10
Suicide Squad is a poster child for the problems with the early DCEU. The film is decent at its very best despite having a strong cast. The likes of which included a variety of stars from Will Smith and Margot Robbie to Jared Leto and Viola Davis. Unfortunately, even with such a strong cast, they are unable to make Suicide Squad a great film by any means. The film’s dialogue is forgettable and trite as a whole – though it does have some solid jokes that land and provide much needed comedic relief for such an uninteresting affair. Suicide Squad – despite having the potential for a plethora of unique characters – limits itself to only a handful of them and plays it mostly safe with each. Plus, while this film did give us a few greats such as Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn; it also gave us the atrocity that is Jared Leto’s Joker. The story, too, is awfully lackluster and oftentimes predictable. As previously mentioned, most of the plot choices are safe and keep to the norm. Fortunately, if you’re a first-time viewer of this flick, it should be entertaining to say the least – with a few good action scenes in attempt to fill-in where true substance is missing. But overall, the film falls short of expectations (especially upon rewatching) and is a misstep for both David Ayer and the DC Extended Universe as a whole.