SUICIDE SQUAD Movie Review by The Commander


2-1/2 (out of 4-stars) 


One of the most anticipated movies of the year has finally arrived. Suicide Squad. 


If you have no idea what this movie is about, then obviously you're not a comic book fan of the 1980’s.  Understanding that, here's the premise:  Superman is dead (what!?).  If you didn't see the movie Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice, you didn't read the comic book, or you fell asleep in the movie, trust me when I tell you this… Superman is dead!  Now the world has a huge problem, because without Superman to fight the evil villains that still live, who's going to take on the job?  Batman can't do it all by himself, so a secret government agency recruits a group of super villains they have locked up in a super-secret prison to execute a black-ops mission in exchange for their freedom.  Yeah, right—as if that's going to go as planned.


As a whole, I would say that this movie is fun and enjoyable without having a great plot or an in-depth character analysis.  It's mostly fight scenes, great CGI, sensational music soundtrack of famous songs from the ‘80s and is fun for millennials and the older generation.


I saw this movie in IMAX 3-D and the colors and the graphics are just stunning.  Will Smith, who stars as Deadshot and turns in an OK performance, is upstaged by Margot Robbie, who plays the sexy Harley Quinn, a prison psychiatrist who fell in love with the Joker (Jared Leto).  During her psychological evaluation, she fell to his charms and became a murderous villain in helping the Joker escape.


Unfortunately, I did have some issues with this film.  While I was a huge DC Comics book fan way back in the days, I felt that this film was not up to par with its writing.  The plot, the in-depth examination of the character that exists in the Marvel Franchise, didn’t exist.  This film lacks the warmth, depth and interaction between the members of the Suicide Squad.  One of the biggest disappointments was the Joker.  Leto’s portrayal of the Joker was wonderful—there just wasn’t enough of it.  In fact, if they cut him out completely, the film wouldn’t have suffered.  However, there was a standout performance, even though small, by Ezra Miller as the Flash leading up to the future film, Justice League.


Bottom line:  This is a fun, exciting film and is best to see in IMAX 3-D.  If you keep your expectations low, you'll enjoy it even more.

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