I have been looking forward to this movie for nearly a year. Over the course of the last couple years, I have learned more and more about Harley Quinn: her background, her dynamic with the Joker, her dynamic with Deadshot, her role in the Suicide Squad, etc. I have been slowly becoming obsessed and have been working to learn everything I can about her. Needless to day, I was super excited when I saw the first trailer for this flick.
*Flash forward many months* Today, hubby and I went on a date (for free, thanks to ReceiptPal) and I got to see my girl. I was very anxious that they wouldn't do Harley justice, after all, she is a psychiatrist and an educated woman, I didn't want them to portray her as just some slutty sidekick. Yes, she's batshit crazy, but she's also very intelligent. I think they did a fantastic job with Harley. She was a wonderful balance of smart and slutty, with a good level of violence thrown in.
The movie, as a whole, was really good. I will definitely see it again and own it asap. I liked the dynamic between the whole team, and the way they were introduced. I would have liked a little more background on the whole team, especially since we knew next to nothing about Killer Croc and Boomerang.
The Joker. Honestly, his role in the movie seemed weird to me. The more I think about it, the more I keep thinking "Why?" I assume it's because you can't really have Harley without the Joker, but the more I read and research, the more disappointed I become with the producers. They left out at least a dozen Joker scenes that would have represented Harley's relationship with him in a very different light. Instead of the traditional (and true to the comics) version of their relationship where he is very abusive and she is essentially addicted to him, they were represented in a considerably more romantic light. The only time you saw the "real" (as I'm labeling him) Joker, is when he's initially breaking out of Arkham and he decides to hurt Harley "really really bad". Otherwise, they're interaction is limited and he's considerably less abusive than in any other depiction of them I've ever seen. I didn't care for that change. They had several other scenes filmed (that I'm hoping make it on the director's cut) that would've made for a more accurate representation of their relationship.
I dislike that they changed the dynamic between Harley and Deadshot. There should be a love triangle between Harley, the Joker, and Deadshot. It exists in the comics, and it exists in the deleted scenes. I'm honestly not sure why they would cut that at all.
Amanda Waller is a calculating, borderline evil, bitch. Viola Davis did a fantastic job. Seriously, she was conniving, sneaky, controlling, and exactly the creepy puppet master she should have been. Although, to be fair, the entire movie was based around an event that wouldn't have happened if she had been slightly less evil and controlling with the Enchantress. She created this team to fight the next Superman, should he/she not share our values, then had one of them get free (essentially) and start an apocalyptic style event. Which, of course, resulted in the need to send in the rest of her team to solve the problem she created. Moral of the story: Don't be a crazy, controlling, bitch and maybe the world won't be put at risk.
I don't want to spoil things (too much) so I will leave with this final comment: Diablo is a fucking badass who surprised the hell out of me.
I loved this movie, despite my complaints about Harley and the Joker, I will happily pay money to see this movie again and ultimately own the director's cut, in the hopes of seeing those missing clips. I strongly recommend that everyone go see this one. Unless you have a problem with bad guys being kinda goodish guys. Then you're no fun at all and you should just stay home. Forever.