Friday, 5 August 2016

Suicide Squad - Review

It is a bit difficult, when you have looked forward to a film for so long, for it EVER to live up to the hype that you have created for it in your head, isn't it?

From the leaked Comic Con trailer, which was released over a year ago, to the drip, drip, drip of stills and trailers, building to a crescendo of madness and frenzy that leach into your brain, feeding the comic book nerd in your head that is furiously masturbating over the thought of finally seeing Jared Leto as The Joker. (Ok, this might JUST be my head) 

There was never any doubt that I was going to watch Suicide Squad at Midnight, the first showing, I avoided all the critic reviews, so that I could make up my own mind on what I hoped would be my film of 2016. I knew that it had been panned overall but that was never going to stop me from seeing it, I like to watch films and make up my own mind. I have never read a critics review and thought, "Oh well, I'm not going to go and see that then"

So here are my spoiler-free thoughts on Suicide Squad. Let me know what you think.

Is it a good film? YES

Is it a perfect film? Oh hell no. It has plot holes so large that you could park a bus in them, but it is everything you want a film to be, IF you haven't built it up in your head to being the best film ever created.

Will Smith plays Will Smith with style and ease. No-one plays Will Smith quite like Will Smith does, and this version of Will Smith, is a damn good one. More Will Smith please,

Cara Delevingne is shocking, Don't get me wrong, she looks good but everything else? No thank you, I would have preferred her role to be played by someone else, and by the little amount she talks, iI wonder if the director felt the same way at some point.

The Joker is CRIMINALLY underused. I mean criminally. Jared Leto could be iconic, instead he is a bit player, so underused that he is what I would call, the romantic love interest, but more on that in a bit.

Viola Davies is a badass bitch and I love her. Seriously, don't cross this woman. Her depiction of Amanda Waller is SPOT ON perfection. She walks the line of being large and in charge like no-one else. The Suicide Squad may be the bad guys but at least they know it.

My MAIN issue with Suicide Squad, was the reimagining of one of the biggest relationships in Suicide Squad. As we walked out of the cinema, a woman turned to her boyfriend and said, "Do you love me as much as The Joker loves Harley Quinn?"

In the film you would be forgiven for thinking that you have stumbled upon the love story of the century, the Posh & Becks, the Jay-Z and Beyonce of the comic book world, when in all honesty, their relationship is cruel, filled with abuse and downright dangerous. If anyone ever loved me how the Joker loved Harley Quinn, I would run a mile, then run some more.

The film is FUN, it is stupid, it is fast food for the eyes, you will watch it, you will digest it, and then after a couple of hours, you may feel a bit empty. But while you are feasting, you will enjoy it. 

Let me know what you think.



  1. There's some great comments here without giving too much away. I, for one, didn't even realize Harley Quinn & The Joker were romantically involved, so this is something I'm intrigued about seeing. I've read plenty of the reviews but would never let them define whether or not I'll go and see a film so I'm still super excited to see this x

  2. Great review, Kellie. I actually wouldn't mind seeing it now. It's alright to have a bit of junk film fodder sometimes.

  3. Comic books are hard to be made into gr8 film, the last gr8 comic book film I saw was The Watchmen and it was too complex for the average fan, but like your review

  4. Get what you mean re building the film in your head. Last time I did this it was Sin City which didn't let me down.
    Agree that Will is always Will, would we want it any other way? I am partial to pretty much any Will film.
    Going to see it for myself tomorrow and looking forward to it!
    Btw, kudos for the midnight run, have fond memories of doing the same for Jay & Bob 💋

  5. I went to see it JUST so I could discuss it properly with you! (OK, not quite just for that reason - but its a happy consequence!)
    I think your review was dead on regarding Will Smith and Viola Davis and Cara Delevingne, but I can't agree on Jared Leto's Joker. He was awful. AWFUL.

    1. Ooooooooh. Interesting. What did you hate about him? It's difficult to ever live up to Heath Ledger isn't it?


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