So, I don’t know if you’ve heard about a lil ol’ movie called Suicide Squad? Well, it came out at the cinema on Friday and me and Liam thought “why not?” (OK, we booked our tickets a few weeks ago but shush).
I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a little while now, although I’ll admit that I wasn’t *always* so excited to see it. When they shared the first image of Jared Leto’s Joker I thought WHAT EVEN IS THAT. Well, I got over that after the trailers started to hit and was ready and willing to see a very different version of the clown prince of crime on the big screen.
We all remember and loved Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, but we needed a new movie carnation because it would’ve been such a shame to put that character to bed so quickly.
Anywho, as the big day got closer, I got more and more behind this movie. I was looking forward not only to the Joker, but to Harley Quinn as well. Anyone who knows the character will have been eager to see a movie adaptation, and the trailers made us believe we were in for a treat.
Following Batman vs Superman (and how much I didn’t like it), I have to admit that I did still have some trepidation about this film. Although I knew it wasn’t being directed by Zack Snyder – thank god – I still wondered whether the DC cinematic universe could create a movie that I did enjoy. I basically walked into the screening hoping for the best but expecting a “meh” sort of reaction.
But I will tell you right now – my reaction certainly wasn’t “meh”. In fact, I really dug the film. It wasn’t perfect, and was a bit messy, but that was part of the charm for me. It was fun, and I had fun watching it. The acting was great, the direction was decent i.e. the action scenes were significantly better than those in BvS, and overall I came out of the film having really enjoyed myself. There wasn’t a single moment where I felt bored, and both Harley Quinn and Deadshot were highlights for me.
The only criticism I would give is that the main villain (in a movie that’s full of them) wasn’t all that great for me. I felt like DC/Warner Bros were brave in choosing this particular character as the antagonist, but I felt like I would have enjoyed it more had they chosen another more interesting baddie.
I’d definitely recommend going to see Suicide Squad if you can at the cinema – and stick around for the mid credits scene!
If you want to hear more of my views (and Liam’s!), check out our spoiler-free review of Suicide Squad on Youtube: