Flash Movie Review: Suicide Squad

Maybe if it was the only thing I had known I would feel different about it. But I have compared items and know the difference. I do not want to come off as being a snob; I have actually matched up name brand products to their generic versions and there are times where the two are not the same. For example I have bought both a name brand and generic version of raisins. Taste wise there was not much difference; however, there was with the size of the generic one. They were smaller and not as plump. Normally this would be no big deal but they don’t look as good when used for baking. Another example is yogurt; now here there was a major contrast. The generic brand I tried never got smooth after stirring it; soft clumps of congealed yogurt remained in the container, yuck. Now there are items that I think are the same whether they are a store’s brand or name brand. I know that many times the same manufacturer is making both kinds. When I look at the nutritional label for both brands of vitamins they are identical; as far as I can tell the only difference is the price. The same results apply to spices; I cannot tell the difference from the ones I have compared. You may be sitting there and wondering why I am talking about this topic for today’s movie review. I was thinking about it right after this film was done playing. You see I was questioning myself to see if I would have the same initial feeling about this film if I had never seen the superhero movies from that other studio that produces them. Read ahead if you wish to see my answer.   AMANDA Waller, played by Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt), was the tough boss of a top secret government program. She had to be because her program involved the worst of the worst imprisoned super villains. This action adventure movie was a massive introduction to the characters from the DC comic world. Starring Will Smith (Concussion, Men in Black franchise) as Deadshot, Margot Robbie (The Legend of Tarzan, The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. Nobody) as the Joker; the 1st half of the film was devoted to us meeting these characters. There were several others but I prefer not wasting space on listing them. The breakout star to this picture was Margot Robbie; as far as I was concerned she had the best lines and the most interesting character. I knew about Jared Leto’s acting style of remaining in character even when he is not being filmed, but the poorly written script turned his performance into a mediocre blandness. This film would satisfy the tween segment with all the fights and destruction. As for creating an entertaining movie experience this movie lacked in key areas like humor, character development and visual effects. The story never felt cohesive to me, which could be attributed to poor editing and directing. I am sad to say compared to other superhero movies this one was a generic one. An extra scene in the middle of the ending credits.


1 3/4 stars   



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 8, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I took my older boys to see this at the weekend. I had read bad reviews about it so had low expectations. My kids, however, are comic book nerds so they were hopeful to see some of their favourite characters on the screen. Clearly a bit of wider knowledge than the film provides makes a different as they came out buzzing about spotting homages to famous comic book covers and they also had a stronger sense of some of the characters because they were familiar with them. I thought three characters dominated the movie – Harley Quinn, Deadshot and somewhat surprisingly Diablo – but the other characters were one-dimensional or blandly forgettable. I literally forgot about two characters until we were talking about the movie on the drive home. I also thought the film had major pacing issues and inferior editing. I often notice top notch editing but it has been a while since I have noted such poor editing in a big budget movie. The movie had moments of brilliance but they were too few and far between to save it from mediocrity. My kids were much more generous with their reviews.

    • From other people I have talked to it was a big help to have been a reader of the comic books. Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts on the film.

  2. Yup, like any of the other comic book movies…..No interest whatsoever. never have been and never will be but good to know that my suspicions were along the lines of your review. Cheers

  3. My daugter said the reason why it probably did well on box office is because its really visually stunning.. but the execution was a bit frustrating..

    • I have been asking people with children who have seen this film and all say their kids loved it, especially if they read the comic books. Thank you for your comments.

  4. In your review i do not see anything to do with suicide squad, may be i was looking at the wrong blog

  5. Really interesting review. Thanks for sharing. I recently posted a brief blog around the most recent tv series, be great to hear your feedback.

    • Hi it is a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments. I did not even know there was a TV show for the characters; I will check it out.

  6. Interesting. May have to check it out. Thank you for swinging by the “Ranch.” We 💕 visitors. 🙂

  7. Thanks! I have been curious about the film. My grand daughter (26) and actor daughter (46-looks 26)) both liked it. It didn’t however interest me, but I guess I’m bound to now go see it and contribute to it’s bottom line and see what all the hoopla is about. LOL

    • Hello it is a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for stopping by and if you have to go see this film, may I suggest you go to a bargain showing that would be less expensive. I would like to hear your thoughts on it afterwards.

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