Suicide Squad – Spoiler Free Review

The Bad

Now, like I said before, I have to be objective and inform you of what worked and what didn’t work in this film. With so many negative reviews out there on the interweb, some of them have to ring true. Suicide Squad suffers from some poor editing at times, and those who have watched the trailers repeatedly for the last year can determine that a lot of scenes did not make the final cut. These scenes could have further developed certain characters like Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and The Joker (Jared Leto). A lot of character development is told through some out-of-place expository dialogue, like Rick Flag introducing Katana and nonchalantly stating her sword traps the souls of those she kills.

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A lot of people are criticizing the film for its lack of Joker, but I really didn’t mind that. The film is not about The Joker and is more about the relationships formed between the members of Task Force X as they go on this first adventure together. But those other characters could have been given a lot more to do. I won’t even bother mentioning Adam Beach’s Slipknot.

I can definitely see this film benefiting a lot from a Blu-ray director’s cut like Batman v Superman did. Rumors have already been circulating online as to which scenes were cut from the film exactly, and I would have liked to see these scenes worked into the final cut somehow. While I did say there was enough of The Joker in the film, I did enjoy this crazy, hip-hop gangster take on the character and thought Leto’s performance was solid, so a little more screen time would have been nice.

As revealed in certain trailers, Amanda Waller’s whole reason for getting this band of super criminals together is to prepare the country for possible meta-human attacks. That’s all well and good, but what exactly is a mentally unstable former psychiatrist with a baseball bat or a dirty bank robber with boomerangs going to do against a threat like General Zod? Yes, they stand their ground against this film’s villain for certain reasons, but someone with the power of Zod or even Doomsday is another story. Also, while it’s not exactly a spoiler since it occurs in the beginning of the film, let’s just say the main antagonist in this film is a product of Amanda Waller’s overconfidence. So Waller hand picks and sets up this team, whose first mission is to fix her own mistake.

Final Thoughts

Suicide Squad is definitely a mixed bag. While I did love it and was thoroughly entertained, it certainly felt like something was missing at times. The story is simplistic to say the least, but it merely serves as a backdrop for these characters to shine and strut their stuff. The action is fun and I found most of the jokes funny, with exception of one or two, but personally I didn’t know who Phil Jackson was before seeing this. The soundtrack is a mixed bag of classic pop/rock songs and new songs made specifically for the film, and takes cues from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you’re already a fan of the DCEU then Suicide Squad will feel like another fine addition to Warner Bros.’ resume. If you’re not yet sold on the DCEU, then this film may not be enough to turn you around. I’d still recommend checking it out regardless and forming your own opinion. There is a lot to like in this film and a lot writer/director David Ayer does right.

As of right now the film is doing well financially, making $135,000,000 out of its $175,000,000 budget in its first weekend and breaking an August opening weekend record. While the film is still not faring well with certain critics, audiences seem to be enjoying it, as it has gained a 72% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of me writing this review. Hopefully that means Warner Bros. will get another shot to produce a worthwhile sequel that provides more character development, a less generic story, and perhaps some longer shorts for Harley Quinn.

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