By Jay Quinn (Tonawanda, NY)


I have been a comic book fan my whole life and my favorite villains were always Scarecrow, Joker, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc. So when I heard they were making a Suicide Squad movie I was really fascinated. My thought was how were they going to take this bunch of crazy, dangerous lunatic rat pack and make a great movie out of it. They had a Suicide Squad movie in animated form called Batman: Assault on Arkham which is fantastic and if you haven’t seen it check it out. That animated movie was everything I wanted Suicide Squad to be when I heard they were going to do a live action version. I then was informed David Ayer was directing it and I was lie, “Hmmmm, okay, I am on board,” but still worried that they weren’t going to get it right. But I had faith though, David Ayer made Fury which was fantastic, Street Kings is downright amazing in my opinion and End of Watch blew my mind, so I had faith.

Now tonight I got to see Suicide Squad and let me tell you I LOVED IT! It was fun, exciting and hilarious. They got the characters right!! Will Smith as Deadshot I loved, his flashback really makes you feel for the character and see, yes, he’s a bad guy but he is still trying to balance out being the bad guy and a loving father. Jared Leto as Joker was awesome, I liked what they did with him and how he is a lot different then how Heath Ledger was, how Jack Nicholson was, how Cesar Romero was. The only thing I didn’t like in that aspect was there wasn’t enough Joker in the movie. They played the trailers to make him look the main villain and he wasn’t which is fine. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn was spot on to a T, she was amazing and I loved her in this role. David Ayer got the relationship between the Joker and Harley perfect and I loved seeing them on screen together. Hearing Margot Robbie say “puddin and Mr. J” made my inner comic book fan come alive and just love them on screen together.

I hope and pray the Batman solo movie has Harley and The Joker together again because it was downright magic. Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was again spot on! She bought the darkness out of Waller that everyone knows from the comics. She was heartless, cold and didn’t care as long as you did what she said and didn’t talk back. There is a scene in a meeting room, without spoiling it, that fans will be like, “Wow she’s a psychopath right along with them.” Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang was funny and hilarious as well, now I might not know much about him because I never became a Flash fan till the CW show but he was good in here and had some good humor moments.

Jay Hernandez as El Diablo was fantastic and I have to say my favorite character in this movie behind Joker and Harley. When you see his story in a flashback it’s downright heartbreaking and it was one of the things that stole the show for me big time. I love the fact he was on this team and began not wanting to use his power and staying to himself and by the end of the movie he embraces the team and it’s awesome. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Waylon Jones / Killer Croc was again awesome as well. He is one of my favorite Batman villains of all time and he shined in this movie. They didn’t try to shove him down our throats in this movie and he came out being one of the best villains of this movie and I am happy to see Croc get his live action debut. Now we do get cameos from Batman and Flash in this movie and again Ben Affleck and new comer Ezra Miller are awesome, but they are very brief.

Now to what I didn’t like about the film; The villain of the movie was kind of  lame and rushed together and I wished they would have went with Joker as the main villain or even use the Assault on Arkham storyline, but whatever, it worked for what they were trying to do. The henchmen of the main villain I thought were silly because they looked like putty’s from Power Rangers and were just badly designed in my opinion. I also wished as much as I loved Margot Robbie’s performance of Harley Quinn, I wished she would have brought something original to it like Jared Leto did for his Joker. Margot sounded like she tried real hard to put out an Arleen Sorkin/Tara Strong impersonation, but I loved it because it reminded me of Batman the animated series which is where Harley Quinn was created from.

So after all that I have to say I really, really enjoyed this film and don’t understand where Rotten Tomatoes got their review score from because they said it was a really bad film and honestly its way far from that. It’s fun, exciting, funny and just like a carnival ride of a movie. Yeah, the script you can tell definitely took 6 weeks to do, but who cares this movie was awesome. Also stay in your seats because there is a mid-credits scene with a certain person that fans love dearly and sets up something coming next.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 skulls



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