Written and directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad is, as he puts it, a tale of bad versus evil. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has spent years trying to put together a team of some very dangerous people, and at long last, she has them. The worst of the worst. To take down a very powerful threat, Waller assembles Task Force X, AKA the Suicide Squad. The team, led by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), consists of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the girlfriend of the Joker (Jared Leto), Deadshot (Will Smith), a ruthless assassin, Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), a criminal from down under, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), a man who can shoot fire out of his hands, Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a man treated as a monster, Slipknot (Adam Beach), a guy who's uh good with knots I guess, Katana (Karen Fukuhara), who's brought on to keep the team in check, and Enchantress (Cara Delevine), a young explorer who's possessed by a witch. They're bad guys, and they might just have to save the world.
Ayer spends time setting these characters up, giving them depth and an emotional core, all while cutting between the post Batman V Superman world. It's a film that deals with the consequences of that movie, and it's done so with a fantastic line up of characters, all of whom get their moment to shine. The actors are all the perfect choices for the roles, and I just have to say that each of their introductions perfectly encapsulates who they are as characters, and even sets things up for the long run. There's a scene about two thirds of the way through this movie that put me on the brink of tears, and it's followed soon after by a scene that made me love and understand these characters even more.
Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight is famous, and many agree that it's the best on-screen take on the character so far. Jared Leto had big shoes to fill, and despite some strange tattoos that I still don't know how I feel about, he does a pretty damn good job. He only plays a small role, but he's a guy I wouldn't want to mess with. He's a sadistic, violent criminal, who, at the same time, is strangely likeable and sympathetic. This take on The Joker pins him as both a mobster, lunatic and a guy desperate to do anything for the woman he loves, and while he's not always like that in the comics (his relationship with Harley is much more violent in the comics), it's certainly an interesting take on the character. There are times where I was rooting for him, and I never thought that would happen, but I'm not complaining. He is a fascinating character.
When the film went into reshoots earlier this year, there were a lot of rumours going around that this was to add more humour into the movie, making it a more fun and accessible film for all different types of people. The rumours were denied, claiming it was to add in more action, and while I can't say for sure, after watching the film, these rumours certainly appear the be false. There's plenty of humour, sure, but it all comes naturally from the characters, much like it does in the source material, and it never feels forced. Everything flows smoothly, and this film isn't afraid to get dark and gritty when it needs to.
To sum up, Suicide Squad is a ridiculously insane, action packed, extraordinarily edited and directed character driven look into the mindset of villains, and it does so by telling a fresh and fun story with some brilliant characters who I'd be happy to see further developed in ten more movies. Also, there's a killer soundtrack.