Release year: 2016
Director: David Ayer
Screenwriter: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman
Ice cold U.S. Intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) ensembles a team of the world’s most dangerous super villains to use them against meta human threats. The big question is: can she control them?
Where it can be argued that Marvel has the best super heroes, it can be argued that DC has the best villains, so putting them in the frontline of an ensemble movie is one of the best decision made by the team behind DC’s extended universe. Davis Ayer’s (Training Day, 2001) neo-noir Suicide Squad is like the bad little brother to DC’s other movies, giving excellent introduction the colourful villains of the universe. Most notable for the skimpy costume and undeniable charm of bat-crazy (get the pun?) Harley Quinn, brought to life by an amazing and incredible well-casted Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013), the movie tends to put most focus on Deadshot. After many years as leading man Smith (Hancock, 2008) seem to enjoy stepping down to part of a team and delivers one of his best and most charismatic performances in years. His Deadshoot walks a fine line between good and bad without ever losing a sense of danger. The rest of the team consists of the undependable Captain Boomerang, played with conviction by Courtney (Divergent, 2014), the dangerous Diablo with control issues, played by a great Hernandez (Quarantine,2008), Thing look-a-like Killer Croc, played by the massive Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World, 2013), lethal Katana, played quietly and deadly by newcomer Karen Fukuhara, mousy June Moone possessed by the dangerous witch Enchantress, a double role for Delevingne (Paper Towns, 2015) and off course, Harley Quinn. To keep them all controlled is military wonder boy Flag, played by Kinnaman (Robocop, 2014) who manages to give the meta humans a challenge. The team work well together and every character gets its moments. One of the things that had people most anticapated was probably seeing how Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, 2013) handles the Joker character that was so perfected by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008), but instead of trying to better an excellent performance, Leto’s Joker is more a reinvention and the always brilliant Leto gives an insanely intense performance, making the character his own in a way that leaves you unable to even compare the two. The Jokes in Suicice Squad is less jokester and more insane and intimidating, a version of DC’s perhaps most loved villain, that suits the dark enviroment in the movie. One can argue that the many characters leave little room for a plot, but it is so much fun getting to know them all that it is hard to notice. Cool characters. Cool soundtrack. Cool movie!
To try and find the perfect Joker laugh, Jared Leto publicly tried different laughs in New York City and Toronto to see which ones made people the most uncomfortable.
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