Verdict: They are the ‘heroes’ we need.
When you put together a bunch of guys and girls whose only aim is to wreak havoc and destruction wherever they go and ask them to save the world, there are a lot of things that can go wrong there. A wise man once said, “We create our own demons” (high-five to everyone who got the reference) and it has been proved time and again with all the superhero movies. In the end, they are accountable for what they create. Amanda Waller created the Task Force X and she found means to keep everyone in control until the backlash hit her face.
Suicide Squad begins where Batman V Superman ended. After a brief introduction to the ‘heroes’ of the movie, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) narrates the demise of Superman and meets the bigwigs at the Pentagon with her plan to create a Task Force X to be ready for battle in the scenario when the ‘next Superman might be a terrorist’. To prove her point, she makes the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) transform from June Moon at her will and even makes her perform some tricks for her. The Pentagon obviously disagrees with the notion, not ready to send a bunch of villains out in the open until an incident makes them change their minds.
The premise of the movie is strong and the makers have not failed with the execution. They have chosen the perfect cast for the roles that has done a stellar job. They have also managed to tell three movie stories in one. They have covered the origins, the team bonding and the big fight in under two hours and it doesn’t seem rushed. All the eyes are going to remain on Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) not for the obvious reasons but for her performance and the relationships she strikes with her colleagues. She is a different version of herself to everyone on the squad and she rules. Deadshot (Will Smith) effortlessly leads the team to battle and the others have no qualms following him, even when their assigned leader is Col. Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman).
The film explores the idea of the inherent good in everything bad and it been handled wonderfully offering a glimpse into each of the ‘heroes’ minds. A few blink-and-miss quick cameos will surely get you cheering and it also lays the groundwork for the upcoming movie Justice League.
The cinematography is excellent, which makes the experience similar to reading a graphic novel with an engaging background score. Director David Ayer has done a fantastic job handling the squad and giving all equal significance on screen. The only disappointment is the squad lacking a certain chemistry as a team which each member compensates with individual personalities. Fans might also be left wanting more of Jared Leto’s Joker has on screen.
Why You Should Watch This Movie
Joker is seen in a never-before-seen avatar, which shows a different side to the multi-faceted chaotic personality. The cinematic experience is not to be missed. The ‘heroes’ of the movie truly become heroes and that brief transformation is worth watching and inspiring.
P.S. This is not a Marvel movie but there is a mid-credits scene. DC fans, you’re welcome!