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Movie Review: Suicide Squad

Cary, NC – Taking place in the same cinematic universe as this year’s Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad takes the biggest and baddest villains of those two heroes and puts them together for the first time on screen. The movie itself is a bit messy, but overall these eclectic characters and the actors playing them deliver a good time at the theater.

Exciting Performances And Characters

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but for those who don’t know, I grew up a DC kid. Batman and Superman are my favorite comic book characters. But Batman V Superman left a bad taste in my mouth. That film tried and tried to make an iconic pairing of the two biggest superheroes of all time, but in the end failed to understand what makes both characters so great.

Enter Suicide Squad. A team movie made consisting of well-known villains such as The Joker and Harley Quinn and lesser known ones such as Killer Croc and Deadshot. This is a weird group to see on screen, but somehow it works. The film has a manic energy to it and the cast is clearly having a blast together. But the single biggest compliment I can give it is that it’s the one thing Batman V Superman most definitely was not: Fun.

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Smith And Robbie Steal The Show

Will Smith, in one of his first ensemble pieces, uses every ounce of charisma he has here and makes for a truly sympathetic bad guy. I love seeing a real-deal movie star in a big movie like this. Smith has done big movies before and his confidence and experience is a big reason Suicide Squad works as much as it does. There is one scene in particular, with a certain Caped Crusader, that illustrates just how exciting these characters can be to see on the big screen.

In a film with this many characters, it can be hard to stand out, and while most of the squad get their moments to shine, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) is the one who ends stealing the movie. Starring as Harley Quinn, love interest and former therapist for The Joker, Robbie embodies the character with just the right sense of madness and impulsiveness the role requires. Harley is a true wildcard, perhaps even more so than The Joker himself, and Robbie just flat out owns this role.

Leto Disappoints

Speaking of the Joker, his presence here is one of the big question marks of the movie. This time portrayed by Academy Award winning actor Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Leto doesn’t have too much screen time but he makes sure to make the most of what he has. It’s a vastly different take than what we’ve seen for the character on screen before, but I’m not 100 percent sure it works. Again, Leto really swings for the fences, and I’m certainly curious to see how this version of the character fits into future films of the franchise, but for now I have to say his performance is a bit of a disappointment.

Fun, Worthwhile Film For Fans

Even with that imbalance of performances, Suicide Squad proves to be a huge improvement over Batman V Superman, a feat in and of itself. As a lifelong fan of most of these characters I can now say I’m genuinely excited to see this particular cast can do with future films, and that alone is worth the price of admission.

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Jordan Hunt reviews movies for CaryCitizen. Read more Movie Reviews. Photos from Facebook.