Calum’s review published on Letterboxd:
Suicide Squad was the most anticipated film of the year for me. The wait paid off for the most part and this is the most fun I've had with a film this year.
The characters are what make this film. Everyone in this is great and bring personality to their roles. The character introductions were perfect. It was fast and straight to the point. Will Smith pretty much just played Will Smith but he was undeniably charming as Deadshot, Jai Courtney was fantastic as Captain Boomerang and had me laughing, smiling constantly and Viola Davis killed every moment she was on screen. Even Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag was a stand out for the kind of character he was playing. Some of the characters should have gotten more screen time but when the Squad is together it's great. From what i saw of Jarden Leto as the joker he was creepy, intimidating, strangely likeable and everything you'd want from the joker. It pisses me off that most of his scenes with Harley were cut because they both made up for some of the best moments in the film.
Margot Robbie...Margot fucking Robbie was sensational as Harley Quin. Perfection, my favourite comic book performances to date. She had the the quirks, the voice, the personality, the look perfectly. Margot Robbie deserves all the praise in the world. She pretty much stole the show as every moment she was on screen was gold.
Now the story is a mess. There is no better way of putting it. WB cut so many scenes for some reason and it made a lot of the it's narrative to be incoherent which is mostly down to the editing. Even the subplot about The Joker looking for Harley was mostly cut out. WB are incompetent fucks and need to give their directors more creative control.
The actions scenes were awesome. It's something David Ayer has a talent for doing. The combination of comedy and action made the scenes a treat to watch. It was more of a dark comedy and it worked really well with the tone of the film. Had me laughing and smiling all the time.
The villain is the biggest flaw with Suicide Squad. Enchantress was an awful villain. She was used terribly and sounded even worse. I'll give Cara Delevingne the benefit of the the doubt because outside of turning into Echantress when she was playing a normal character she was fine.
The hate this film is getting i don't agree with. In no way is it a bad film and not like the way critics are describing it. Regardless Suicide Squad was tons of fun to watch and i'll be checking it out again.