123 minutes, Action
There has never been a more ample time for some bad guys to do some good things after the severely underwhelming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: YAWN OF JUSTICE, oops I meant DAWN OF JUSTICE burdened our screens earlier this year. Injecting all of the adrenalin back into the (anti) superhero comic genre is SUICIDE SQUAD which (mostly) delivers everything you’re hoping for! It all begins when a secret government official, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has her sights very keenly set on a group of imprisoned supervillains who have committed numerous and various acts of evil. In exchange for their freedom and utilising their abilities, Waller believes Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) can fight for the good side.
What about The Joker, you may ask? Don’t worry, he’s around! But let this serve as a caution to your expectation, and not a spoiler – he has far less screen time in SUICIDE SQUAD than what you hope for. Although this is without a shadow of a doubt this films biggest (and perhaps only) disappointment, take comfort from the fact that Jared Leto’s rendition of The Joker is every bit as insanely brilliant and magnificently menacing you’d hope and expect. I could go on, but let’s chat about SUICIDE SQUAD! Right from the opening act, which informally gives its introduction into the who is who and what they do, SUICIDE SQUAD grips you along a wild and rambunctious cinematic ride that rarely releases the valve from providing enthralling entertainment. An undeniably eye-catching and outstanding production design, attractively arranged with the use of bright colours, stylised cinematography, funky sound and soundtrack keep SUICIDE SQUAD (mostly) fun to watch. That fun does occasionally go on standby when particular parts of the storytelling, in need of some fine tuning and further development work, takes a back seat to the visual flair. As a result, a fair amount of coherency is lost. SUICIDE SQUAD is like the more inhibited cousin of this year’s other anti-hero release, the comedic action hit starring Ryan Reynolds, DEADPOOL. And if Jared Leto, who is a total freak (and fascination) of nature, can unsettle as much as he excites as (rarely) seen here in an M rated movie, just imagine what he could achieve if SUICIDE SQUAD 2 achieves the MA15+ classification being aimed for!
3.5 out of 5
For an M classification, some of the violent scenes are more confronting for a younger crowd. Although not mentioned above, some people may wish to be aware of some of the outfits worn by the cast (more so by Margot Robbie) are revealing and seen throughout.
Moviedoc wishes to thank Roadshow Films and Village Cinemas Crown for the invite to the Preview Screening of SUICIDE SQUAD. And for the fantastic festivities hosted prior to and provided during the screening!
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