No, the answer is just no!
DC Comic’s “Suicide Squad” opened in theaters the weekend of August 5 and despite the many negative critic reviews, fans said otherwise. The film took over the box office this weekend and broke records while at it. “Suicide Squad” became the biggest August opening film of all time bringing in $135 million in ticket sales beating out the 2014 film “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” which held the record as highest selling August film.
As a lover of DC Comic films and the Marvel Universe I was already glued in to see this film regardless of the bad reviews the film got. Directed by David Ayer, “Suicide Squad” featured an all-star cast such as: Adam Beach, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Viola Davis, and Jared Leto. From a simple lover of comic films, not an avid fan, allow me to break down three elements of the film that stood out the most.
“Suicide Squad” dives into the world of the Gotham City era where Superman and Batman are prominent in the everyday life, but the government is on the fence that these meta-humans could one day turn on society; that’s exactly what happens. A secret government agency then recruits a group of unconventional heroes, who are really imprisoned supervillains, to save the day in exchange for lessen prison time. The group is basically on a suicide mission where they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. With a mix of different personalities, and abilities, things are deemed to wrong.
Many of the faces are familiar and some may not be, and not because of the extreme costumes and make up some cast members had to wear, I’m looking at you Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jay Hernandez. On IMDb, “Suicide Squad” is listed as an “Action, Adventure, Comedy” and “comedy” should have been in bold because it was heavy on the laughs, the action, then the adventure.
Ike Barinholtz’ character Griggs, an officer at the prison the supervillians were held, had some of the best laughs of the film although his parts were minimal. As an ensemble cast everyone bounced off each other well, but the scene stealers were Leto and Robbie. They really did electrify and I say we all sign a petition, get a GoFundMe going, or whatever to get a Joker and Harley Quinn film made with these two because we need more. The fans want more.
The Joker and Harley Quinn
Let’s be real here. This is who I came to see play in the DC Comic world and man oh man was I not disappointed. Jared Leto’s take on the iconic Joker was one to be scrutinized. Cesar Romero started the live action version of The Joker in 1966 in the Batman TV series, Jack Nicholson brought the comic book character to life in the 1989 film “Batman,” and then the late Oscar-winning Heath Ledger excelled the character to new levels in 2008 with “The Dark Knight.” Many wondered how Leto would pull the Joker off and make it his own and that he did.
The 2016 Joker is a bad ass gangsta covered in gold watches, chains, rings, and a grill. His hair is still green, face still white from the chemicals he fell in, but he’s covered with tats and a menacing laugh that’s haunting my dreams. Contrary to the Joker in the Batman: The Animated Series, he’s totally in love with Harley Quinn (Robbie) and treats her well.
Now speaking of Harley Quinn. I’m in love. Robbie completely steals the scene whenever she’s on the screen and especially when she’s on the screen with Leto. The chemistry between the two is undeniable and if I had it my way I would loop all the Harley Quinn and Joker scenes and watch that for two hours. They’re just that good. Add the song from the soundtrack, “Gangta” by Kehlani, which is basically the couple’s theme song, I just couldn’t get enough of this duo.
Overall, “Suicide Squad” had its flaws, as all movies do, but it delivered in a way that I think all DC Comic lovers will be satisfied with at least some aspects of the film. I give “Suicide Squad” 5 pink kisses.💋💋💋💋💋 Did you check out the film this weekend? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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