Harley Quinn scores… Joker gets nada

Nerd Queen review: Suicide Squad (PG-13)

Rating (out of 5): 3 hearts

PICT0870Lucky for me, I spent my weekend having fun by going to the movies with a couple of friends and later going to karaoke. Since I saw the above trailer, I’ve wanted to see how DC Comics would introduce Harley Quinn and a new Joker to the screen.

After seeing an incredible performance by the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, I wondered how Jared Leto would fit the bill of the same role, but this time, falling in love with the bad girl, in this case, his own doctor. Turns out, that was basically the plot of the movie, centering the story mostly around Harley Quinn (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot‘s Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith).

For someone who loves the Marvel movies better than DC, I have to say I liked this one, but not as much as the Avengers.

The movie is the story of a hit man for hire/ father figure and a seriously screwed up woman who loves bubblegum and hitting things with a baseball bat. Deadshot has a problem: he’s getting paid a lot of money to kill people, something he does really well because he has strong sniper skills and never misses, but his daughter doesn’t want him killing anymore. Just as he’s walking home with his daughter one Christmas night, Batman steps in and tries to get him to surrender to the cops, but Deadshot instead fights him until his daughter gets in the way.

“Please, daddy, don’t kill Batman,” she says. “No more killing, please.”

So just by looking at his daughter’s sad eyes, Deadshot backs down and turns himself in to the police.

Then there’s the story of Harley Quinn. Amanda Waller, who’s organizing the Suicide Squad, tells Harley’s story in a flashback. When the Joker was in a mental hospital, Dr. Harleen Quinzel was the doctor assigned to him, but what she didn’t plan was to break that psychiatrist-patient cardinal rule: never fall in love with your patient.

Dr. Quinzel falls madly in love with the Joker, but at a horrible price. The Joker tortures her with electrocution and asks her to jump into a vat of chemicals before going in after her and saving her life. After all that, she becomes Harley Quinn, and with the Joker they are the “king and queen of Gotham”, until one night of evil-doing when the Batmobile shows up and Batman causes a car accident into the river.

The Joker gets away, but Batman finds Harley Quinn unconscious underwater with the Joker’s expensive ride, and sends her to prison with Deadshot.

In the end, both Harley and Deadshot are recruited to stop an apocalyptic showdown in the middle of a city caused by the Enchantress, a witch that possesses an innocent archaeologist who just wants her gone. At first, Amanda Waller was just using her for her project to stop the next Superman gone bad, but it was just a plan gone wrong.

From watching this movie, I think the casting was great. Will Smith is perfect for the role of an ex-hit man who just wants to do right by his daughter, and the other members of the squad are funny and grotesquely charming. It’s a cool thing that some bad guys do have some good qualities about them, particularly Diablo, the man who can create fire and burn everything around him with a wave of his hands.

And of course, Harley Quinn is the best part of the whole movie. From start to finish, she says the most hilarious things that work best for a Batman villain. The scene Jimmy Fallon showed on Tonight Show was one of my favorite scenes, where Harley fires her gun and shouts, “You’re ruining date night!”

Just as Deadshot says to her, we hope she will “Stay evil, dollface.”

Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is rather somber with a dark attitude. Rick Flag, who is assigned to keep the squad in line, is in love with the archaeologist June Moone, the woman who is possessed by the Enchantress, and is a little gun-shy because he wants to kill the Enchantress without killing his girlfriend. That part is a little too emo and melodramatic for my taste.

And as for the Joker? Jared Leto did a good job, but there wasn’t enough of him in the movie, sadly enough. You only see him here and there, trying to break Harley Quinn out of prison and separate her from the squad, but he’s not in it for long.

Like the critics, I have mixed feelings about this movie. I’m not sure if I like it enough to buy the film or if I should just pay it no mind and keep to the Marvel movies. Then again, I am compelled to find out more about Harley Quinn’s character, for she’s one of those villains who could easily turn to a bad-girl-gone-good.

Meanwhile, I should check out the soundtrack to see how well Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco did with “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Unless I’ve heard it already, by accessing the live performance video, then I’m good.

Love, the Nerd Queen

Playlist selection- this song isn’t on the soundtrack, but it should be. It’s off Avril Lavigne’s self titled album, but it totally fits the character of Harley Quinn.


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