Suicide Squad (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie
Rated: PG-13 and UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 3
Available from Warner Home Video
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
It seems like every time I watch a DC comic book based movie in their new DC Universe I’m left saying the same thing. They seem to want to pack too much into their period of time given. Now that, of course, is helped a great deal by releasing extended versions of the movies like they again did here, but you still wish they’d stop trying to play catch-up with Marvel and just flow with things or release more movies in a shorter amount of time to close the gap. Suicide Squad shows the story of some DC villains who are forced to do things for the government by a government agent who might be worse than them or as bad. Our main two bad guys are Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Harly Quinn steals the show and is by far the best character. The only real issue I had with the film was Jared Leto’s Joker, who isn’t here much (a bit more in the extended version) but is a far cry from the last big screen Joker we had. Something about this version of the Joker just seems to fake and phony to me that I had trouble buying into the character. It felt more like someone playing Jim Carey playing the Joker rather than a real character. The plot isn’t bad for what it is. One of our bad guys, the witch possessed June Moon who turns into The Enchantress summons her demon-like brother and starts turning people into her army to do battle with our squad. This turns into another one of those “giant hole being opened in the middle of the city” type deals as the squad and the Enchantress come to a head in the finale. The movie has fun parts but does mostly come across your typical stuff everything you can into a big amount of time action film. Which at least isn’t dull even if certain things feel rushed.
We also get a little bit of Batman here as well with Ben Affleck. He is just stopping by here from a bad guys point of view and has little to do with things as a whole. This isn’t his film after all but I’m a little worried when our bad guys who are the center of attention but still very bad people tend to come across a little more likable than our hero Batman in a film. Bats were the best part of Batman vs Superman but seem a little lacking here when we do see him. I think if you love DC Comics or you just like these comic book movies you’ll still have fun with this one. I had fun with it. I think it is best enjoyed if you just turn your brain off and let things play out without putting too much thought into it. Movies like this are meant to be fun anyway and I think that is at least something that can be had with Suicide Squad. This is a flawed movie by nature but comes with a cool tone regardless and also packs some great tunes to go along with some scenes. The door is left wide open for a lot of areas to go into after this and I’m sure we’ll see a number of those things explored. I do hope if they have another direct go around with the squad that they settle more into the story since everything is very much established here. I think I might take the extended version a bit over the theatrical version but not by much.
– Task Force X: One Team, One Mission – Discover the rich legacy of DC’s most infamous bad guys
– Squad Strength and Skills – How’d they whip themselves into shape? Get the inside story
– Joker and Harley: The ‘It’ Couple of the Underworld – She’s rotten. He’s damaged. They’re a match made in hell
– Chasing the Real – Writer/director David Ayer reveals techniques for creating an authentic surreal world
– Gag Reel
Quality of Transfer: 96%