Are you the dedicated Will Smith stan who can find the good in any of the actor's movies (hey, someone had to like After Earth!)?
Suicide Squad revives one-liner Will Smith and we're all better for it. David Ayer's movie has the comedic timing of The Office's Michael Scott, but Smith seizes control with well-timed zings and hero stances. When the movie starts feeling like someone playing Time Crisis in the theater lobby, Smith steps in and, as he once said, "makes this look good." Please rescue this man with a spinoff, stat.
Will you tolerate Suicide Squad if How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis is great?
Then maybe buy into this movie -- Davis deserves a spot in Smith's Suicide Squad spinoff. More ruthless than any of the supposed baddies littering the Squad lineup, Davis' boss-woman Amanda Waller makes the countless introductions and re-introductions tolerable. If you're going to abuse the word "meta-humans," filtering it through Davis' gravitas is the way to do it.
Can a soundtrack save a movie?
This is a rough guess, but there are 8,000 music cues in Suicide Squad, ranging from '80s punk to mid-century R&B to Eminem, and employed to trigger memories of better movies. The soundtrack keeps the jagged construction-paper collage of a movie together, but glue constantly oozes up between the edges. Tolerance may vary, though there's one truly egregious cue: Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky," employed to great affect in Guardians of the Galaxy, and used again as Suicide Squad's battle anthem. DC, if this was your idea of a Marvel diss track, it didn't work.
Do you want to watch House of Cards' Joel Kinnaman eat a chicken wing while staring wistfully into the rain?
See Suicide Squad immediately. Kinnaman does a number on that chicken wing.