On August 5th, 2016, Suicide Squad finally released. The third film in the DC Extended Universe Canon. It’s been hyped up for over a year now, with behind the scenes featurettes and more trailers than what was probably necessary but it got people excited. Question is. Was it worth it?

The film starts out at Belle Reve Prison. We get a good glimpse of the characters: Deadshot,Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, El Diablo, Enchantress/June Moon, Captain Boomerang. These fine people make up a good portion of the suicide squad led by government official Amanda Waller played amazingly by Viola Davis, really captures Waller’s no nonsense attitude. She begins to go into more detail about the specific members of the squad and it honestly looks pretty cool. As each characters files are being brought out we get a flash back of each member showing off what they do best. Deadshot (played by Will Smith) is definitely shining as we conducts one of the most convoluted assassinations while having his contractor give him a little bonus just for giving him trouble.

For the first 20-30 minutes of the film. We get backstory, and honestly it’s some pretty awesome backstory. By no means does it explain everything of the characters but it gives you enough info to understand what they are and they’re motivations and if you’re a non comic book fan you won’t get as lost as say Batman vs. Superman.

After the introductions along with the added members of Slipknot,Rick Flagg and Katana. The squad goes to Midway City in an attempt to stop what they believe is a Terrorist attack, turns out it’s a bit more mystical than that. It’s as this point the film started to lose my interest a bit. The movie is at its core “fun” there’s decent laughs all around, the action is pretty great when the Squad was fighting together, but I can’t help but feel they were holding back. Besides some key moments I felt like I was watching a made for TV movie where the violence was watered down as to not offend anyone. It was still enjoyable to watch but compared to once again BvS, it left me wanting more.

The script also has some problem. It’s not exactly original by any means. Get a group of misfits together that hate each other at first. Put them in a risky situation and they end up becoming a bad ass team. Though to be fair it gets a pass considering the Suicide Squad Comic’s have been around for a long while.

Now with the story and action being meh. You might be wondering if there’s even a point to watching the film? Honestly yes. The characters are done perfectly in my opinion. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn feels straight out of the 90’s Animated Series. While you don’t hear the iconic accent too much in the film there’s times where it sort of leaks out and I couldn’t help but smile hearing it. Deadshot is another great portrayal by the afore mentioned Will Smith. He’s cocky, rude, always ready to fight and doesn’t take nonsense from no one. El Diablo played by Jay Hernandez is probably the best of the bunch though. While in the beginning they make you believe he’ll be some stereotypical inner city gangster. They give him a very tragic backstory and you understand why he would prefer not to use his powers. The bad side of this is while the characters mentioned are great and get a lot of attention. Other members like Croc,Slipknot,Katana, really don’t get as much love. While it’s understandable considering how many characters are in the film and that they don’t necessarily do too much. It’s a bummer because they must have their fans.

Of course I can’t talk about this film without mentioning Jared Leto. Yes the rumors are true: he’s only in the film for about 8 minutes. I for one am very dissapointed with this. In the beginning he really wasn’t winning me over, I was very concerned about it. It just seemed like he was slowly trying to get into the roll but still didn’t really wow me. It wasn’t until the more I saw him the more I really began enjoying his scenes. One notable scene towards the end of the film even has him sounding a bit like Mark Hamill’s Joker from the animated series. The worst part is after that scene where I was finally convinced he could be a good Joker…he’s gone. Now Leto has mentioned that many of his scenes were cut out and that’s a total shame because if reports during filming are to be believed he put his heart and soul into the role, and to take them out is just insulting.

Conclusion? Suicide Squad is an alright film, it’s by no means great but it really isn’t as bad as people are making it out to be either. Sure it has its problems here and there but it’s attempt to connect all current DCEU films currently released is pretty awesome. As always if you’re a DC comics fan, you’ll love the references and Easter eggs spread throughout. Some even hardcore fans could appreciate.

My Rating: 7/10