Jake’s Take: Suicide Squad Review

Why The Hell Does The Joker Suck So Badly?


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What do I think of the suicide squad movie? I think it was fantastic and probably DC’s best movie in a long time. Although the movie was pretty good I do believe there were some problems with it. Two problems come to mind and aren’t too big but could be touched upon in future installments, if we are that lucky.

My first critique of the movie is probably the biggest one. Jared Leto’s take on the Joker. Jared Leto was rather annoying to me as the Joker, not being able to encompass the full craziness and unpredictability of the character, but rather just acting like one giant a**hole! In being one of the biggest villains in entertainment history it’s upsetting that he couldn’t compete against any of the other Joker’s that have been on the silver screen. It was annoying to see him rotate his neck every 5 seconds like he needed a chiropractor and speak like a human being.  I may not have been the biggest fan of Ben Affleck’s Batman but even I would hate seeing this horrible take on the Joker going up against the Dark Knight.

My 2nd critique, is staying true to the comic books. This point is aimed more towards the Joker and Harley Quinn’s (Margot Robbie) relationship. In the comics the Joker uses Harley as a pawn, not caring even a little bit about what happens to her as long as she doesn’t screw up his plan, but in this movie he seems to actually care for her going as far to actually break her out of prison and deactivating the bomb in her neck. Really??? This is coming from the guy who at one point kicked her out of 6 story window and the only reason she survived was because she landed on a pile of trash.  Yes, I know that scene is from “Batman: The Animated Series”, but that show created Harley Quinn and every future version while also defining the negative relationship between the two, so bite me if you wanna argue that.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie other than those two predicaments. They gave all the characters who needed a backstory a backstory, and gave those who don’t exactly what they needed. I really found it creative and interesting how each character got their own little snippit of music while being introduced.

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The cameo from Batman and the Flash (Ezra Miller),  was intriguing, as it was probably the most accurate Batman portrayal in live action history, while also making me speculate how the Flash will do in his stand alone movie, premiering in 2018. Batman didn’t kill anyone unlike “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” where he obviously did, and it showed we are gonna get a snarky Flash just like we all wanted. I just hope Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) do well.

Except for Harley Quinn and the Joker’s relationship the movie stayed true to the comics. Deadshot’s (Will Smith) hesitation to kill the bat because of his daughter, was in the movie.  Rick Flag’s (Joel Kinnarman) no BS policy was in the movie. Lastly, Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis)DON’T MESS WITH ME” attitude showed. I also was a fan of the mid-credit sequence between Bruce Wayne and Amanda Waller, that shows them butting heads like they do in the comics.

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In the end, I had a good time and for once thought to myself, “yup this can actually compete against Marvel’s superhero movie monopoly”, as I like to call it. It was a fun film to enjoy and was filled with a bunch of little Easter Egg’s and jokes that brought it together nicely. I would definitely see the movie again and highly recommend it to any DC fan.