I am now catching up with the DC movies, and after I was gladly surprised by Man of Steel and Wonder Woman, I thought maybe Suicide Squad would not be so bad as the internet says it is. At the end, I am easily entertained.
Unfortunately, at the end of the movie I had to admit that it is mediocre at best. The sad part is that it has great characters. I did not think I would like Will Smith as Deadshot, but he did a great job. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is funny and, while she might be overly sexualized, it does not get in the way of enjoying this crazy, sweet and unpredictable character. These two characters carry the weigth of almost the entire movie.
Here is where the good things end. The rest of the characters, cool as they are conceptually, feel like they are just wandering around without knowing very well what they are doing. The biggest example is Katana. A character that appears out of nowhere, is invisible in 90% of the scenes, and suddenly is crying talking to her sword in a scene that you cannot possibly care about.
The lack of development of these characters that they deserved so much more could be forgiven if the main plot made a little more sense. Unfortunately, the whole Enchantress villain thing does not work. The bad guys do not have charisma, or time, or even a good conexion to the entire "Suicide Squad" team to even feel part of the movie. Most of the time, the Suicide Squad are fighting faceless, feeling-less minions that they just serve as cannon fooder to showcase the fighting abilities of the team. The whole thing really reminded me to the Power Rangers fighting horders of Putty minions before getting to the final fight with Rita Repulsa.
And then, there is the Joker. I am wondering if the Dark Knight has just ruined the joker for all future movies, as I feel Jared Leto was trying so hard to make something "new" and "different" that it just came wrong. This joker is not disturbing, or a psycho, or a force of evil and chaos. It is just gross, flat and unremarkable. The movie would have been much better without him altogether.
Overall, a completely forgetable movie. I will not call the time watching it wasted, if only thanks to Deadshot and Harley Quinn, and maybe the one action scene where Diablo finally unleashes his power. But definitely the weakest of the DC movies I have watched so far.