I had high hopes for this one. But alas, the were dashed.
Not dashed too hard, but this one showed a lot of promise and failed to deliver on it.
They were smart to focus on Harley Quinn on the trailers. I know everyone’s all ga-ga about Margot Robbie. Yeah, sure, she’s hot. But she can also act. I didn’t like Wolf of Wall Street but she was very good it in, maybe better than Leonardo. And she’s very good in this.
But, much to my surprise, Will Smith was also very good. Joel Kinnaman was good. Cara Delevingne was actually pretty good, except for that weird gyrating thing she was doing toward the end. Plus there were a few other characters hanging around.
I think that may have been part of the problem. Too many characters, not enough background. Marvel did good by having a few standalone character movies come out prior to The Avengers. Then they didn’t have to waste time on who they all were, where they came from, etc. Suicide Squad didn’t have that luxury so they had to start the film with a bunch of vignettes about the characters, where we don’t really get to learn much about them.
The plot wasn’t that great, either. They’re assembling the Suicide Squad to do the government’s dirty work, but then one of the squad goes rogue, and the rest of the movie is about them trying to reel her back in. I actually wanted to see them do the promised dirty work, not just bring one of their kids inline. I thought it was originally just going to be a quick side-story, but then I realized that the movie was half over, so that was going to be it. Lame.
I think they’ve already decided to do a standalone Harley Quinn/Joker movie, which is good. Leto and Robbie can carry that. I hope they put a Deadshot movie together, that’s something I’d want to watch. I might even be intrigued by an Enchantress movie, were she goes back in time to ancient Egypt and wreaks havoc on King Tut or some shit like that. But the rest of the squad was just sort of there, uninteresting.