Suicide Squad has terrible performances from great actors

Suicide Squad tries to be a raunchy comedy/action movie like Deadpool, but instead comes across as just a very loud movie with very bad acting. It is too violent to be a kids movie, and the plot is too stupid to interest adults.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

The biggest surprise is that it has terrible acting from actors who we have seen give great performances in other roles. Margot Robbie who was brilliant in The Wolf of Wall Street is crazy-girl Harley Quinn. The director went out of his way to have as many close ups of her in skimpy outfits as possible. But the role just does not come across. For one thing she keeps slipping in and out of an exaggerated New York accent.  She should either use the accent or drop it completely. Instead the way she bounces in and out of the accent is distracting to what she is actually saying.

Jared Leto, Will Smith and Margot Robbie

Jared Leto, Will Smith and Margot Robbie

Will Smith is professional assassin Deadshot. It seems like he is trying to channel into his old wise-ass character The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but the jokes just fall flat. The audience is supposed to like him since he loves his little daughter. However,  it is hard to warm up to a person who will kill anyone for money just because he happens to have a nice kid..

Ben Affleck also appears in the movie for about 30 seconds as Batman. However much he got paid for Suicide Squad it was too much. He was probably able to get to the set, shoot his one line and be home in time for an early brunch.

Speaking of sets, another problem with Suicide Squad is that the sets all look fake and are totally uninteresting.  There  is no  interesting cinematography an no exotic locations.  Most of the action takes place  in dreary streets filled with rubble and broken cement.

We could go on and on but you get the point. It seems like a lot of big name actors took a hefty paycheck for a movie they knew was bad, and as a result just “phoned in” their performances.  Hopefully they will put a little more into their next roles.

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