Suicide Squad

2.5 Stars

Style over substance.

If anything, this film is proof that being hip and cool doesn’t count for much when the story isn’t up to par. Even with a winning concept, the wardrobe department on top of their game and a killer soundtrack.

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Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) works for a secret government agency in charge of security. Against her colleagues’ advice she suggests putting together a squad of the most dangerous and colourful criminals in custody, in order to respond to future security threats. Under command of Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), her suggested lineup includes Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), amongst others. The most lethal of these is a witch called Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).

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In this depiction of the comic world, The Joker (Jared Leto) is Harley Quinn’s boyfriend. As much of a fan as I am of Jared Leto, I found his portrayal of The Joker a little lacking in something that I can’t quite place my finger on. Lacking in soul, perhaps? Or maybe just *TOO* odd. I’m not sure if it’s because he didn’t have enough scenes to really show what he had, or maybe we have been so spoilt with Heath Ledger’s version that nothing else can come close. He certainly didn’t copy – i’ll give him that.

The beginning of the film is promising, it feels like they had a decent writer churn out the overall idea and then handed it over to a bunch of monkeys to finish it off. Disjointed, boring at times, I could go on. It’s such a shame because there was so much potential.

My favourite thing about this film? Harley Quinn’s outfit and props, hands down.

Suicide Squad premieres in Sweden on 3 August.