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My Thoughts on Suicide Squad


 I just got back from seeing Suicide Squad and I am left pleasantly surprised, contrary to the critics reviews. All I read, which I admit, was very little as I find critics to be quite cut-throat, were bad reviews; that the cast were trying to outshine each other, the cuts were all over the place and that it was overall a bad move. I couldn't disagree more!

For me, I went to enjoy the Joker and Harley Quinn, the other characters were just a bonus for me. I've always loved the Joker and I've always loved Jared Leto in movies and music, so I was a little nervous, I admit. I wasn't left saddened by his performance, but lets get to that later...

Lets get the negatives out of the way straight away. I hated the way they interjected music into the final product. The trailer was cut together in such a genius way, using music in time with the scenes. That moment the bullet casings fell in time to the drums of Bohemian Rhapsody? Yeah, it was perfect. But the final product is all over the place, in terms of music. Jack Howard mentioned that it's almost like they saw Guardians of the Galaxy, viewed the success that soundtrack had and just copied that - I agree, completely.

The movie is cut and edited different to other movies, which isn't a terrible thing, I personally thought it matched their crazy mentality and wild lifestyle. Most of the cuts were to flashbacks, showing the development of each character. Deadshot's are very relatable, especially if you're a father. Harley's is something we didn't see a lot of, but we really were left needing more, it kind of drove me crazy. Speaking of wild and crazy, lets talk more about the Joker.

Jared Leto had a lot to live up to; Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger both played amazing versions of the Joker and I admit, I was super nervous about my favourite villain being played by a favourite musician of mine - if he ruined the character, I would have been so sad, but I'm glad I came out of the cinema happy with him. He had the right amount of crazy and was an entirely new version of Joker. His mannerisms made tension in each of his scenes - the laugh was creepy, weird and had a lot of emotion behind it. 

Joker and Harley's relationship is something I was loving on screen. I do, however, wish there was more detail in the scenes showing the start of their relationship, but I'm sure we'll get that in a later movie.

Overall, as a move, it was great - action packed, sprinkled humour, darkness, glimmers of humanity in the craziness of these larger than life characters and a wonderful use of colour. It was great, I'll see it again.