We all love the bad guys. A good bad guy is what makes any story. It doesn't matter if it's summer blockbuster selling out the multiplexes, or a book from the 50 cent bin at your local comic shop, we are attracted to the villain. The most memorable, and best villains, we actually cheer for. When you take some of the best villains from the DC universe and put them into one film, you get Suicide Squad.
I will keep this review as spoiler free as possible. The film has only been out a week. before I get into the meat of the story, lets talk about the elephant in the room: Leto's Joker. Each actor played the Joker based on their own interpretation. I loved Nicholson's portrayal in Tim Burton's Batman, but Ledger stole the part. Leto brought something to the role that his predecessors neglected, or overlooked completely. That was the Jokers humanity. You see it, if only for a moment, but it is there. That is what won me over. Leto is a douche, we all agree. However, his Joker works in Suicide Squad, and is horribly underutilized. I understand why this was necessary, as his complete inclusion would overshadow the story. He had to be in the background for the film to work.
Now, on to the film. IT WAS SPECTACULAR! The pace was amazing. The casting was spot-on. Will Smith's Deadshot was the perfect anti-hero in this group. He brought a believable performance of an assassin anti-hero with charm that only Smith could bring to the table. Margo Robbie's Harley Quinn was spot on. Sexy, dangerous, and psychotic with eyes only for her 'puddin'. The best part about her character, for me, was that the writers did not forget she is a doctor. Jai Courtney's Boomerang brought some comic relief into the team, and played his role well. My favorites, though, were Diablo and Croc.
Jay Hernandez as Diablo was fantastic! He was the villain that took a vow never to use his power. His back story was heart wrenching, to say the least. You instantly fall in love with this character, and cheer him on every step of the way.
Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje's Killer Croc was beyond description. His makeup was absolutely amazing, making him larger than life. He had, maybe six or so lines through the film, but he's Killer Croc for Christ sakes. He doesn't need a lot of words to get his point across.
As I said, this is spoiler free, but the best scene in the film, for me anyway, was the "Fuck it, lets get a drink" scene. The team breaks into a bar, in the middle of the fight, and starts throwing back shots. Trust me, it will be yours too.
Visually, this movie is dirty pretty from the opening credits to the end and everything in between. Its been more than a decade since I've wanted to purchase a movie soundtrack. It was so well selected that it perfectly punctuated every scene. From the amazing soundtrack, to the chemical kiss scene, Suicide Squad is a must see, must torrent, and must buy. Let me know what you think after you check it out.