Movie Review: “Suicide Squad”

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Madison Perkins, Features Editor

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Grade: 5/10

When you hear the hype over a movie it’s one of those things that keeps you excited and waiting in pure anticipation. You see dozens of trailers, hear plenty of rumors and tons of merchandise is being sold day by day. Then the moment comes and you’re sitting in your seats with delight as the film shows on the big screen. Finally the movie is here and you are enticed by the characters it presents to you and thrilled by the great soundtrack, but there are moments that make you wonder what the hype was all about. It even makes you ask, “Is this really it?” As I watched Suicide Squad I enjoyed the little things like the pure insanity of Harley Quinn and the Joker, but as the plot thickens it sets you up for a huge climax that doesn’t impress.

Suicide Squad is about a U.S Intelligence officer (Viola Davis) who decides to assemble a team of dangerous criminals who have been imprisoned at Bele Reve Prison. She puts them under the the command of Rick Flag to be used during top-secret missions. Each of these misfits have a nano bomb implanted into their necks for assurance. If they attempt to escape or resist orders it will detonate.This task force consists of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang, Killer Croc and El Diablo, who join forces to fight a dark and powerful entity known as The Enchantress. Task Force X trudges on, but the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) is conjuring up his own evil plans.

The movie contains fillers that helps people see what is really going on behind each character’s chaotic demeanor. These are some positive things about the movie that makes you feel well informed if you’re not familiar with the DC comic universe. Other great things about the movie are the casting of each character and the extremely modern soundtrack. Margot Robbie plays an incredibly mesmerizing character full of crazy thoughts and funny, yet morbid remarks. Jared Leto played a whole new rendition of Joker, although showed very little, his Joker is tatted up and given a look that many found to be showy and memorable. Even though he did not appear as often as wanted, he did a fantastic job playing the deranged villain we all know and love. Other characters like Deadshot played comic relief with his snarky replies, but also showed a highly respected determined attitude to be free and get his little girl into a great college in her future.

The main problem I had was anticipating rising action, but being disappointed when it finally hit the climax. The hype was so strong over the past few months and when it came to the falling action I wondered if it was truly over just like that. Then of course the lack of Joker scenes made me wish for more and made me also hope that Jared Leto and Margot Robbie can get their own film sooner or later.

All in all the movie wasn’t a complete failure, but to me wasn’t a total success. I enjoyed the movie to an extent and would certainly watch it again. This is why I give it  5 out of 10 because it has its ups and downs. If you’ve see “Suicide Squad,” tell me what you think in the comment section below. We at the New Hope Echo love to hear what you’ve got to say!