Suicide Squad: Five Reasons You'll Love It
The third movie to emerge from the ever-expanding DC Cinematic Universe finally arrives in UK cinemas this week (Friday August 5th). Suicide Squad sees some of the more unusual villains from the DC Universe rounded up and moulded into an unlikely task force of anti-heroes that may just be the only ones capable of saving the planet from increasingly supernatural threats to our existence.
The ensemble cast includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis, among many others, with Fury director David Ayer behind the lens. So what exactly can you expect from Suicide Squad? We caught an early screening this week and rounded up five reasons we think you'll love it...
Margot Robbie totally steals the show
Will Smith is the biggest star in the Suicide Squad line-up, but while Deadshot is certainly a key character here it's Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn that has been grabbing the early headlines – and it's not all down to those hotpants. Anyone who knows her backstory will know that Quinn is a pretty complex character and in an ensemble film like this it was always going to be difficult to delve deeply enough into the darker aspects of her story, but Robbie's performance is impressive nonetheless and rumours are already circling about a spin-off movie focussed entirely on Harley Quinn. We hope that happens, because there's plenty of source material to work with and Quinn is a character that deserves exploring in greater detail.
Diablo is a bit of a surprise package
He may have a fiery temper, but in a line-up of DC's biggest miscreants Diablo is the closest thing that the Suicide Squad has to a 'quiet one'. However, that's not a bad thing and here he's an almost meditative presence that brings a little balance to the team. Jay Hernandez deserves a lot of the credit for bringing the character to life in this way and even though he knows he's a monster, he's one of the most human characters the film has to offer.
Jared Leto's take on The Joker is as brilliantly unhinged as you'd hope
Leto had some pretty big shoes to fill with Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger both having been excellent in The Joker's previous big-screen incarnations, but he doesn't disappoint. It's very much his own take on the character, but he's every bit as manic and unnerving as you'd expect. In fact, our only complaint here is that because he's not actually a member of the Suicide Squad, he doesn't get as much screen time as we'd have liked, but he makes the most of the screen time he does get and it's enough to suggest he can carry the role in a film where he's the main antagonist. Maybe we'll get to see him up against Ben Affleck's Batman, but we'll have to wait and see on that one.
Viola Davis is outstanding as Amanda Waller
It should come as no surprise that Viola Davis is as brilliant as usual here, but even next to a cast filled with the DC Universe's worst villains, her character Amanda Waller is just about the meanest of the lot. As the government official behind the idea of the squad in the first place, Waller was always going to be tough, but there is more than one occasion where you'll wince at just how cold she can be and Davis has the presence to carry this off perfectly. Make no mistake: this woman is a proper badass.
There's an intriguing twist that's saved right until the very end
We can't say too much here as it would spoil things, but let's just say that you'll want to hang around in the cinema until the credits have finished rolling, otherwise you'll miss something that not only sheds a different light on the events you've just witnessed, but also offers a clue as to what might be coming next...
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Suicide Squad is in UK cinemas now, you can find the trailer below...