Colorful characters, shallow story, sloppy editing but a fun time at the movies
There has been a lot of hype circulating this film. People were very excited to see this on screen because of the excellent casting that was made by the studios. But when the hype was built and it was time to see the finished product, fans and critics were butting heads and they were having conflicting opinions towards the film. Critics were slamming it on Rotten Tomatoes and fans made a petition to bring the website down because of the negative reviews the film was recieving.
The best part about this movie is the cast. Everyone brought their A-Game and no one was a slouch. Will Smith was amazing as Deadshot. He had the most grounded, relatable and human character of them all. He was the one person who can bring the team together and the one person whom you were emotionally invested in. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn was perfect. She was the Harley Quinn everyone wanted and she gave life to the character. Jared Leto as the Joker was also great. Portraying Joker as this sharp dressed psychopath who could snap at an instant was a fresh take on the role. He isn’t on the movie as much though so don’t expect to see him having a lot of screen time. The rest of the cast is brilliant. Even Batman made a cameo in the film and it was awesome. There were a lot of flashbacks in the beginning of the film which felt very expository. The flashbacks worked sometimes and other times it felt very uncreative. A film is supposed to show you the story, not narrate it. After all the backstory of each character, the film speeds up its pace to reveal the main objective of the characters which made it feel very predictable. The plot is so cliche and so cringeworthy that I feel like DC is taking the safe route by dumbing down their stories for the sake of having the audience easily understand it. (Note to DC : Trust your audience. We are not idiots.) The rest of the film spends its time on the abandoned city where they needed to stop the big threat. The pawns they fight are just pathetic. The action is fun and there is a scene near the end in a bar where every character felt cathartic. This scene was incredible due to the fact that it grounded the characters and made them feel human as they express their guilt and show care towards human lives.
This movie was very entertaining even if it had such a cliché plot. If you are a casual movie goer, you will enjoy what this film has to offer. But if you are a critic and you wanna pick it apart, you will feel very pessimistic about it as you nitpick each and every single technical flaw that it has.
I give it a 7/10