By Danny Arriaza
After the premiere of the extremely sub-par Suicide Squad, DC movies are, by an almost unanimous consensus, 0 for 3. But while Batman Vs. Superman had its faults it was still a fairly enjoyable movie. Suicide Squad is not, by any stretch of the imagination. From the awful dialogue, the overacting from almost every actor, to the terrible soundtrack, and most of all Jared Leto's utterly horrible turn as "Joker" if you can call his amalgamation of gangster cliches and sparkly jackets mixed with a terrible dialogue a villain at all. And with that, I'll continue adding to the pile salt and ash started by other critics to the already ruined soil that is the DC Cinematic Universe.
The first problem is the titular Suicide Squad themselves. These characters should be people we love to hate ala King Joffrey, not characters we just hate to see on screen. Some of the Squad; Killer Croc, Diablo, Katana are relegated to be simply killing machines with terrible one liners and half-assed back stories that are supposed to endear us to them or at the very least humanize them yet only, truely serve to confuse and confound the audience even more.
The most tolerable of the movie are Deadshot and Harley Quinn, portrayed by Will Smith and Margot Robbie respectively. Smith is alright as Deadshot but again falls to the poor script from David Ayer and tries to make Deadshot endearing to the audience. Despite being a cold-blooded assassin with a kill count somewhere in the hundreds. Then there is Harley Quinn who is alright but Robbie is trying far too hard to embody the character. It doesn't come naturally to her. But, no one in this movie is as ill-prepared and trying harder than Jared Leto, the plight of this movie.
Immediately before the movies release the news broke that a lot of Jared Leto's scenes had been cut, after watching the movie I now understand that might have been the best move the studio could have made. I don't even think what Leto did can be called the Joker; the iconic laugh passed down through so many iterations of the character is almost nonexistent, replacing by a nauseating wheezing of sorts. He tries so hard to make the character his own that he loses the sense of what Joker is. The grill and tattoos serve no other purpose than trying something different that fails miserably. They become more annoying as the film drags on. Leto is the worst actor to ever portray The Joker in any medium.
But wait! There is more! If you thought the movie would stop shooting itself in the foot, then you are wrong, good sir or madam. To add on to the already underwhelming Squad is the equally underwhelming and generic villain who I can reveal because it would be a spoiler. I will say it is a pair of villains and in this case more does not mean better. After unleashing their generic zombie army (because of course) one of them starts building a doomsday weapon to take over the world! (Brilliant! Wholly original!)
Speaking of originality; the soundtrack is anything but original. It's a mishmash of clichéd rock songs that have been in several movies with some originals that sound the same. I will say that Panic! At The Disco's cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was very well done. This movie tried to copy what Guardians of the Galaxy pulled off so well but instead of the music complimenting the scenes it was so jarring that it completely took you out of the scenes.
All I can say in conclusion is: Don't. Just don't watch this movie. Save yourself the time and money and do literally anything else.
Verdict: Wait for it on Netflix.