The Positives of Suicide Squad (Spoilers)

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Suicide Squad came out this past weekend with a huge divide between fans and critics. The film has received a whole lot of (justified) hate over the last few days due to poor editing and a weak script, but there are a lot of positive aspects to the film that people seem to float past in their critiques. Without further ado, here are seven reasons why I dug Suicide Squad.

7) Harley Quinn

The first live-action rendition of Harley Quinn is a rousing success as Margot Robbie breathes fresh life into the coveted character created by Paul Dini. Robbie does justice to Harley, portraying her just as batshit and wild as she is in her other incarnations. Full of quips and witty remarks, even with a few emotional beats, Harley is certainly one of the major highlights of Suicide Squad. 

 

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6) Captain Boomerang

Jai Courtney absolutely KILLED IT as Captain Boomerang. He plays the least sympathetic member of the squad, who does nothing to convince us that he’s anything other than a scumbag, and Courtney plays it to perfection. Courtney had his own panel at Nerd HQ a few weeks ago and discussed the preparation for his role in Suicide Squad – you can watch it here!

 

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5) Batman/Flash Cameos

We all knew the Batman cameo was coming since it was in all the trailers, but having The Flash show up was wholly unexpected and exciting, especially because he faces Captain Boomerang! Deadshot and Batman also came face to face, as well as Harley and Batman. These were necessary cameos because they remind us that this is an interconnected universe.

 

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4) The Soundtrack

The soundtrack that was assembled for Suicide Squad, which is currently sitting at #1 on the iTunes store, is nothing short of grand. There are a few songs specifically tailored for this film (Heathens, Sucker for Pain, Purple Lamborghini) that are fitting and bold, along with other choices including Eminem’s Without Me and Panic at the Disco’s cover of Bohemian Rhapsody. Each character, each scene, has its own unique song, which makes for a good time.

 

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3) Joker/Harley Dynamic

This is the first cinematic incarnation of the Joker where Harley Quinn exists. Joker and Harley’s moments are primarily viewed through flashbacks, with scenes showing clear references to the Mad Love storyline. Not only that, but their relationship echoed their dynamic in Batman: The Animated Series; Harley is essentially Joker’s property, and he doesn’t like when someone else takes control of her, particularly Amanda Waller.

 

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2) Alex Ross Reference

There is a terrific reference to Alex Ross’s coveted tango painting with Joker and Harley that is recreated in this film. It is brief, but seeing Margot Robbie’s Harley don the original jester outfit was outstanding fan service. Both actors looked fantastic in this tiny sequence; the resemblance is incredible.

 

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1) The Joker

Jared Leto’s Joker was overused in promotional materials. He probably has seven, eight minutes total screen time in the film. Yes, this is disappointing to an extent, but Suicide Squad isn’t Joker’s movie, it’s the Squad’s movie. Regardless, every time Leto is on screen, he pumps some serious adrenaline into the film. His incarnation of the Joker is menacing, brutal, Cagney-esque and suave. This is a variation far off from Ledger’s menace or Nicholson’s mob boss. Leto is a straight-up psychopath.

 

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    2 Comments

  1. JbenjAugust 8th, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Agreed. I went in with virtually no expectations – except for maybe a bit more Joker in the storyline because of personal preference.

    I was pleasantly surprised.

  2. LaurenAugust 9th, 2016 at 11:29 am

    First live action Harley Quinn was the TV show Birds of Prey, Mia Sara, but otherwise completely accurate!

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