Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad ★★

David Ayer was the perfect choice to helm a movie about a team of crazy super-villains, with his manic style of direction and appropriate level of insanity. Unfortunately, the script, also penned by Ayer, is lacking (the same problem many had with Batman v Superman ). 

The first act is a blast, introducing all of our team members with flare and a sense of fun. I loved the way the film brought the members together, and this is largely because all of the players work so well together.

This is the best Will Smith has been in years, bringing back his classic Will Smith charm thay we knew in the 90s and mid-2000s (shut up, Hancock is awesome). Also, to my surprise, Margot Robbie is miraculous as Harley Quinn, a dream come true for Quinn fans and a performance that brings the best moments and aspects of the character introduced in Batman: The Animated Series. She really is a dream come true. 

I also loved Killer Croc for the limited amount of time he had ("Not me, Shawty! I'm beautiful!")

Most of my skepticism about this movie was with the character of the Joker, a completely necessary character in a movie with Harley Quinn, but whose look and demeanor in the trailers left a bad taste in my mouth. Thankfully, I found the Joker to be one of the best things about the movie, with Leto making the role his own and giving us a fresh and very interesting version of the Clown Prince of Crime that we haven't seen on the screen before.

But he's only in the movie for ten minutes or so. The rest rests on the shoulders of David Ayer, who needed to bring these characters to the screen in a way that is somewhat intelligent.

In terms of the script, the dialogue was on point for the most part, with the characters bouncing off each other well and delivering funny lines. The problems lie in structure, especially when thefilm descends into utter chaos in the third act.

A portal in the sky? An evil witch who waves her arms around? Really?

Anyone who defends this movie better never insult Marvel for being too silly again. 

Suicide Squad is not a bad film. I enjoyed myself more often than not. But most of that enjoyment was in the first act, and that's unfortunate. It hits a peak after about forty minutes and never gets better, after which it begins to make every major blockbuster action-movie mistake in the book. Think the ending of Fant4stic mixed with Gods of Egypt. 

But at least the cast members are having a blast and we've finally heard Harley Quinn call the Joker Puddin' in a live-action movie.

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