Suicide Squad

In Suicide Squad, Will Smith finds the opportunity to remind us how he became a star, delivering his most charismatic performance in years.  This latest film offering in the DC Extended Universe centres around a team of incarcerated villains recruited by Machiavellian government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to run black-ops in exchange for reduced sentences.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn leaves a lasting impression: every time her character is having fun on screen, so too are we as an audience. Like Batman v Superman, however, the studio struggles to nail the tone, leading to a less than cohesive final edit. Where its marketing campaign mirrored rival studio Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy yet purported to go darker, DC’s Dirty (Half) Dozen are never given carte blanche to one-up that studio’s hugely successful Deadpool.

Two stars