Jacob Martin (formally known as The Movie King)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Let's address the big elephant in the room, shall we? Here it goes: the Marvel vs. DC war where one group of people claim to be far superior to the other and the other group thinks the same thing even when their films aren't as well-received and are willing to praise the movie even without seeing it, even starting a dumb petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes, a site which doesn't make the critical reviews, just collects the data from the websites that have these critical opinions. You know what I say about all this? STOP ACTING LIKE FREAKIN TWO-YEAR-OLDS!!!!! I DON'T GIVE A FLYING MONKEY TURD WHO MAKES WHAT IN THE COMIC BOOK GENRE; AS LONG AS I ENJOY MYSELF, IT'S ALL GOOD!!!! Marvel's got their cool stuff going on with The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy while so far, I enjoyed Man of Steel and the extremely divisive Batman v. Superman, a film I actually enjoyed more on a rewatch (and will watch the Ultimate Cut in a couple of days). Suicide Squad marks the first installment in the DCU not to be directed by Zack Snyder, and while some of that visual style is replicated in some of the action scenes, what David Ayer pulls off with this ragtime team of misfits is different, refreshing, and dare-I-say downright awesome!
Man did I have a blast with this movie! It's pretty much DC's equivalent of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy except the setting is in reality (despite some supernatural elements) and the team of people involved are more kooky, weird, and sadistic. Honestly, I wished they pushed for the R rating where it would have been more wild and insane (and probably would have been more acclaimed), but I'm not complaining when it's still a fun ride! I was heavily invested in this group of characters, their personalities, and their backstories, especially Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot. They both provided the heart and the kook of the movie for me. The action is in-your-face and heavily bombastic but fit the tone of the movie quite well and the soundtrack to this movie was quite an acid trip!
As for the flaws, my biggest issue is that the trailers expect you to believe that The Joker is the main antagonist, but that's not the case. I was highly impressed with Jared Leto's unique performance of such an iconic character, but he's only in the movie for about 10 minutes and is more of a sideshow distraction. The actual villain of this movie, Enchantress, though despite a flashy, cool look and some awesome visuals suiting the character, is an average, generic villain and her mannerisms made Jesse Eisenberg more intimidating. But here's what I take from all this. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, who cares about the generic baddie when the team of misfits that have to band together is so strong and the performances are so good? I'm honestly not getting the hate for this movie at all. It's the most unique and different comic book movie I've seen in a while (though Deadpool, which I still haven't seen, might be the strong competitor for that claim), and I hope that enough people enjoy this movie so DC can continue to establish a strong cinematic universe on these great characters. I know I'm up for that. I especially want to see Deadshot, Harley, and Joker be a part of Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie...
Just a nitpick really. Look movie, if you want to use "Bohemian Rhapsody" in your film, CAN YOU PLAY THE ENTIRE SIX-MINUTE AWESOMENESS, NEXT TIME???? I was into that part of the movie and it just stopped after Freddie killed his man...
"What was that? I should kill everyone and escape? Sorry, it's the voices. Ahaha, I'm kidding! That's not what they really said."