*Important note* Part 1 of this review will remain spoiler free. Part 2 will contain major spoilers. There will be a spoiler warning with the introduction of Part 2.
I will start out this review with a bit of honesty. I was extremely on the fence about this movie. My expectations were low however I walked out of the theater more pleased than I have ever felt with previous films in the current DC Cinematic Universe. Suicide Squad is easily my favorite movie they have done thus far. One of the reasons for this is, despite changing some of the characters physical appearances (The Joker for example was modeled after a Mexican Cartel), the personality of the characters remained true to the comic. In a Universe where we have a depressed and self loathing Superman and a murderous Batman, this was a refreshing change.
The multiracial cast includes a Japanese woman (Karen Fukuhara as Katana), a Latino (Jay Hernandez as Diablo), a Saulteaux of the Ojibwa Nation (Adam Beach as Slipknot), an African-American male (Will Smith as Deadshot), and an English actor of Nigerian origin (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc). I don't think I have to explain how important it is to have a variety of minorities represented in a comic book film. Well done DC and Warner Brothers. This Latina truly appreciates it. In addition to featuring a large ethnic cast, there are several strong female characters; Harley Quinn, Katana and Enchantress. This gets another A+ from me as females are often under represented in these types of movies. We don't get just one strong female character. We get three solid kick-ass women.
Suicide Squad is a story of criminals, both "normal" and meta-humans, who are recruited by Amanda Waller to help save the world. In exchange they earn time off from their prison sentence. Things however don't quite go according to plan. Attacks are launched, arguments erupt and secrets are revealed. Some will make it, others may not.
I think my only complaint is Deadshot not wearing his mask. He puts it on for a whole of 1 minute. It smacks of Hollywood this-actor-is-such-a-huge-star-we-won't-put-a-mask-on-him excuse. It would have been nice if there was a bit more accuracy there. The ending of the film was exciting. Be sure to stay in your seats when the movie is over! Yes, there is an end credit scene! They pulled a Marvel and it's important to watch this scene as it ties into the Justice League, due out next year.
*Spoiler Alert!* Major Spoilers Ahead
For those who are fans of the best selling graphic novel, 'Mad Love', you will not be disappointed. We see Doctor Harleen Quinzel treating the Joker at Arkham but it goes one step further. How the Joker converted Harley to the dark side gets more fleshed out. After he breaks out, he tortures her with electroshock therapy to scramble her brain. Then, after having her proclaim her loyalty to him (which sound a lot like wedding vows), she willing jumps into a tank of chemicals. The Joker begins to walk away, leaving her to drown but has a change of heart. He jumps in after her and pulls her from the chemicals. Her transformation is complete. The scene was done in a very artistic way. I loved the addition to Harley's origin. I always felt her simply falling in love with the Joker and joining him was a bit weak. Her descent into madness in this film was very satisfying.
There is a hilarious revelation by the end of the movie. Our group of misfits save the city and the world with less collateral damage than Superman in Man of Steel.
Katana's authenticity and her culture was kept in tact, something I greatly appreciate and respect. Throughout the movie, she speaks in Japanese and only utters one line in English.
The Flash isn't the only member of the Justice League to appear in this film. Ben Affleck returns as The Batman. What's interesting is that we see The Bat from the villains perspective, something that hasn't been done onscreen before.
See the movie and judge it for yourself when it is released nationwide on August 5, 2016. The Confessions of a Cosplay Girl Blog gives Suicide Squad two thumbs up.
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