The Movie: 7.8/10
I liked it. Oh, this is a review of Suicide Squad, it’s a movie. It’s a fun, big, big movie that knows you are not watching to get some kind of life changing alternation. It’s just for fun, not emotional and intellectual revelations. Did I make it clear yet? This movie is not rocket science, its comic book flick fodder, and that’s it.
All that being said, I still liked it. I’m not a fan of comic books. The only ones I have ever read were Archie, and a few Disney ones when I was a kid. That means that when I watch a “comic book” movie I’m just watching a movie, not experiencing a continued legacy.
All THAT being said, I still liked it. We meet our squad of bad folks, criminals who are being held up in some maximum security prison in a swamp. It’s quickly clear that they are BAD bad, not like cool bad. Murder, thievery, and everything in between seem to be on the roster of their talents. But wait, they each have a weakness, of course. We meet them all in a sort of montage in the opening of the film. I guess they thought mini origin stories would give us something to hang on when they all took on their big mission, to do something good for a change. I liked the beginning, and it told me what I needed to know. It felt a bit forced, but that works for this bigger than life kind of tale about such ornery characters.
I like all the characters, except kangaroo boy. They have an Australian who throws boomerangs and drinks beer….big whoop. Most of the other people I was interested in, for one reason or another. I am not that enamored with the Joker, but he’s good. I would rather see a whole movie of the woman with the sword. She’s cool!
The music rules the action, and the action needs the music, so it’s a loud booming movie sometimes, with the obligatory slow motion, which always makes it more, well, slow. I liked the style a lot. It’s unapologetic and it makes a statement. These people, and ancient god spirits, live in a place and time where these things happen and I can go there for a while, not get tangled up in the drama and the fight sequences, and walk away unscathed and untattooed. It seems that’s a theme with these folks, lots of tattoos.
For a good time, big fun, lots of comic violence and craziness, Suicide Squad hits the mark for sure. They try to tug your heart-strings with the soft side of our criminal masterminds, but don’t fall for it. It’s just a big action flick with outrageousness and a huge wacky factor…deal with it and enjoy.
- Task Force X: One Team One Mission (23 Minutes) – A short featurette that looks at the history of the Suicide Squad in the comics and it’s translation to the screen.
- Chasing The Real (10 Minutes) – Taking a look at the realistic look that production designer Oliver Scholl came up with for the film.
- Joker & Harley “It” Couple Of The Underworld (15 Minutes) – Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are interviewed on the relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn.
- Squad Strength & Skills (9 Minutes) – A look at the training that was required to make this squad look legit.
- Armed To The Teeth (12 Minutes) – A look at the weapons and props used on the film.
- This Is Going To Get Loud: The Epic Battles Of Suicide Squad (11 Minutes) – Behind the scenes on the choreography and training behind the shooting of the fight scenes.
- The Squad Declassified (4 Minutes) – A promotional short that shows each member of the squad and gives some back story.
- Gag Reel (2 Minutes) – People falling over and messing up lines.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 8/10
I really like this cover and I would have it as a poster. It’s colorful, like the movie, and it’s got some personality without being just a screenshot or a series of boxes with the faces of our stars.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Shot on film Suicide Squad has a grainy dark look that comes across well on Blu-ray. Black levels are accurate and colors are well-defined and saturated. Grain is preserved and there are no signs of macro blocking or banding despite the 25mbps encode which could have been higher.
The Dolby Atmos track is suitably noisy and powerful as a comic book movie should be. Oscar winner Steven Price provides the score here and it’s suitably epic. The movie uses a lot of popular music tracks which also come across well and really rumble the room. Explosions and gunshots sound incredible and dialog is always central and never muffled.
Overall Score 7.5/10