Much have been said about this movie, but still I decided to write a review. I went for this movie, despite so many negative reviews/ratings/comments. Many people also called it the "Marketing Campaign of the Year" to which I completely agree.
Well, the movie starts with Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis, who creates the "Suicide Squad" which is officially designated as the Task Force X which is secret team of super-villains imprisoned by the US Government. She introduces Deadshot (Played by Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Played by Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Played by Jai Courtney), Killer Croc, Diablo (Played by Jay Hernandez), Enchantress (Played by Cara Delevingne), Katana (Played by Karen Fukuhara) and Slipknot, lead by Rick Flag (Played by Joel Kinnaman) who is a former special forces operative and also keeps a check on the squad. Rick Flag falls in love with June Moore, whose mind is eventually snapped by "Enchantress" and she becomes this black-haired demon with magical abilities. The whole movie revolves around the "Enchantress" and her desire to rule/dominate/overpower the entire world that worships the "machines" and not her and her brother! Yes, she has a brother too. She wants the entire world to bow down to her and become her slave. Though her heart is trapped in a box which is controlled by Amanda Waller, thanks to technology. There is no mission as such that is assigned to the "Suicide Squad" but to stop Enchantress and her brother from the world dominance.
That is what the whole movie is about.
Deadshot and Harley are a treat to watch! Deadshot's only weakness was her daughter and I loved him as a father as much as I loved him as the Hitman. Margot Robbie has done full justice to her role and she played Harley Quinn better than anybody could have ever played. She is as crazy and romantic as one should expect her to be.
And then there is The Joker (Played by Jared Leto) who is not even introduced in the movie properly. I was really looking forward to that, but I was disappointed on that part and it does not stop here. I was eagerly waiting for the scene when he says "I can't wait to show you my toys" which was shown in almost every trailer of the movie but it was removed from the final cut. Nobody gets to trace when Joker comes and goes because of too much of edited/cut scenes. Actually, there is no Joker in the movie, not even more than 15 minutes. The way Harley dreams about the Joker, the kind of cute texts he sends to Harley and then how he rescues Harley, the way she is so crazy about Joker; all in all The Joker and Harley (King and Queen of Gotham) romance was the only thing, the only memory of the Joker I could take out of the film. Hence, there is not much of Joker as compared to what we expected from the trailers, which is the most disappointing part of the movie.
Also, there is Batman who comes to sort of kidnap Harley and Deadshot so that they could be put behind the bars. There are some quick visits by other meta-humans like Flash, but not something that would leave somebody flabbergasted.
The visual effects are amazing. The background score and performances saved the movie.
That's all about it.
Why this movie was a treat to watch for me:
For its Background Score
First things first, the background score of the movie is kickass. Absolutely loved the way they have used the background score to their advantage, right from the beginning to the end. Even during the character intros and the action sequences, it was the pumped up music that kept the movie alive with the likes of: "House of the Rising Sun", "Sympathy For The Devil" by The Rolling Stones, "Standing In The Rain", "Super Freak" by Rick James, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by AC/DC, "Slippin' Into Darkness" by War, "Fortunate Son", "Black Skinhead" by Kanye West, "Gangsta" by Kehlani, "Over Here", "Know Better" by Kevin Gates, "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes, "Without Me" by Eminem, "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, "Come Baby Come" by K7, "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Heathens" by twenty one pilots, "Sucker For Pain", Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", Lesley Gore's 1963 feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me", Sweet's "The Ballroom Blitz", Grey's Anatomy musical episode cast cover of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars", No Doubt's "Just a Girl", Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer" etc.
And it could be even better if they had used the "Purple Lamborghini" by Skrillex and Rick Ross music video in the film as there was no such introduction of the Joker like the "Suicide Squad" characters had. And this was the only original song of the movie.
Obviously, they used Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" widely in the trailers but it came almost at the end of the movie.
For the amazing Visual Effects
I liked this movie for its visual effects too. The character intros were good, the whole concept was good. The action sequences were done well. I liked how they portrayed "Enchantress" on screen. Thumbs up for the visual effects.
For surprisingly good performances
I was not expecting such good performances by the "Suicide Squad" characters, but that is what has actually saved the movie. Will Smith has played the character of Deadshot pretty well. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is a treat to watch! She is the one who is the craziest in the squad but she is also the one who saves the world in the end. She was truly the Queen of Gotham. :) Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was bossy and firm as expected. Cara as June and Enchantress both was also good. Diablo and his story, Katana and her story, Killer Croc and Boomerang, all were good. I wanted to add Joker's performance too, but there was not much of him shown in the movie as compared to what we expected, so nobody can judge his performance. Jared Leto as Joker could have been a treat to watch if his scenes were not removed from the movie! Not cool WB, not cool! (Being an Echelon and a cult follower of Jared Leto, this comes out straight from my heart: WB, you have disappointed us)
Harley Quinn was truly the Queen of Gotham! Her craziness, her mad-mad love for The Joker, how she used to dream about him, how she love her friends and the way she saves the world, that is what one would enjoy the most!
Will Smith had the major role in the movie as the Deadshot. He played it pretty well. The whole story of the Hitman and his love for his daughter was the highlight of the character and it brings a lot of sense to the movie.
For Joker-Harley Romance
Well, the Joker-Harley Romance was to die for! They used to call themselves as the King and Queen of Gotham. The way Harley was so crazy about Joker, their mad-mad love, Harley's dreams and all, were the key highlights of both the characters and that stole the show. Joker's cute texts to Harley and the way he rescues her in the movie, both the times left a big smile on my face! :)
Why this movie was a disappointment for me:
It was badly edited
The movie was badly edited, so much so that it seemed too fast. All of the things were happening at the same time. The flashbacks, the present story, the action sequences all were too fast-paced and the reason to that was obviously: POOR EDITING.
Too many "Joker" scenes were missing
There was not much of the Joker as one expected. He was not introduced properly, it was so confusing as to when he comes and leaves, it was untraceable and it made his entire existence in the movie irrelevant. The actual movie had about 3 hours of footage of the Joker which was brought down to just 15 minutes that actually made to the final cut. The scenes that were shown in the trailers were also removed from the final cut that irritated most of the fans, including me. This was the main cause of the disappointment, not just to me but most of the people who wanted to see more of Joker.
Somewhere it became a mess
Yes, there was too much chaos during the action sequences and when there were flashbacks in between the present story, they seemed too irrelevant and not much related to the present. There was too much mess created because of bad editing. Too many characters and deleted sequences became a negative point for the movie. The script was also a little poor, that contributed to the mess.
The movie was marketed mostly on the name of Joker that increased a lot of excitement among the fans and obviously it gave the movie a lot of hype. The scenes that were shown in the trailers were also removed from the movie, most of them being the Joker scenes. Then they released "Purple Lamborghini" music video which was again a tribute to the Joker character, which they obviously used as a promotional song for the movie but they didn't introduce The Joker that well in the movie.
There is more screen time/footage of the Joker in the music video than in the movie.
So, I will give 3/5 or 6/10 to this movie. One time watch. (I have given 6 reasons for loving it and 4 reasons for not loving it)
And now, the only thing that can make me happy is a Standalone Joker Movie! Hope next time you will give more screen time to Jared Leto in your movies than the trailers and promotional songs, WB. He deserves it! Stop underestimating him.
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