Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own. (c) Wikipedia
I had big hopes and expectations for this movie, not because of the characters I grew up watching and the nostalgia it brought but the thought that this movie could have helped vindicate and save DC from the mess they made with Batman V Superman… but those expectations went down the drain. I will rate this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars for several reasons.
The film really is a gold mine and an opportunity for future franchise given the brand itself… DC and if only the plot was well crafted. Like BvS, the plot is too scattered and messy with a disorganized editing of each scenes. There is less story development and the pacing is a roller coaster ride of being fast and slow. I often juggle on how engaging the movie is and how boring most scenes can be. It is so frustrating to see because the potential is there and the chemistry of the characters & actors playing it are there. You can really feel they are having fun but because of the poor story line, it went into another direction. The saving grace is that there are more lighter (no pun intended to Diablo) and funnier scenes which makes the movie less darker.
Speaking of characters, it is good to see though that in spite of the flick’s less character development, at least, each characters were given moments to showcase their abilities but it is obvious that more time was given to Will Smith and Margot Robbie since they are the bigger stars and somehow holding the movie from collapsing. Contrary to what I read about Jared Leto’s performance and take on the role of Joker in some articles , I think he did a great job portraying the character which is really different from what Heath Ledger did. The difference only is that the former isn’t really the main focus of this movie and his screen time isn’t enough to warrant his being maniac and lunatic. But I feel his madness and his performance is credible. Batman or Bruce Wayne’s screen time too is sufficient for the story arc. Spoiler though, please wait for the mid-credit scene to really understand why DC and Warner show the Justice League teaser.
I would like to point out the action sequences are a bit chaotic. They could have made some choreography into it to make it cleaner. Also, I really felt the visual effects and CGI used are really too much that it almost went like you are watching the 90’s Ghostbusters movie. and the choice of villain does not fit the movie at all. They could have used a more human approach for their villain to really utilise each characters’ skill sets.
With regard to the soundtrack and song choices, I don’t mind having different songs to introduce each characters but sometimes, it cheapens the scenes or story as though they are more concerned about what song to use for a particular scene rather than focusing on how to pull off and connect the story.
Well, I am positive there will be a sequel to this soon-to-be-cult movie or a spin off but it would be better if DC makes it right with an engaging story line.
Photo credits to Warner Bros. and DC