Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad ★★

"Worst Heroes Ever" proclaims all of 'Suicide Squad's promotional material, letting the audiences know that these ain't your ordinary heroes, these are the bad guys, and to that I say...

Fuck you.

This film doesn't do nearly enough to establish the "ANTI" in antihero. These are the run-of-the-mill heroes, why should I think any different? Because they have a slight attitude? because of the heavy exposition that you dumped on the audience? Because Harley says "we're the bad guys" in every second scene? Failing to establish that these are antiheroes creates a great disconnect because that is what the selling point of 'Suicide Squad' is and that's what should separate it from the average superhero film. To use a similar example, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a film that thrives because its characters are a ragtag group of endearing assholes, that film fleshes out its characters pros and cons through actions, 'Suicide Squad' just tells you about it and hopes you jump on board.

I'm not a comic book guy, but I LOVE Batman and the entire Batman universe, so any film that boasts The Joker and Harley Quinn has my interest. Jared Leto's Joker is easily the film's scene-stealer. His tatted up, mob boss-like depiction of the clown prince of crime electrifies and breathes life into the film every time that he appears (which is too few and far between). As for Harley, look, I love Harley Quinn and I love Margot Robbie but I did not care for this character at all. She suffers from something that I like to call the "Olaf syndrome" where the filmmakers purposely position a character to be the show-stealer, to the point of nauseum. Harley gets all of the pause-for-laughter comments and moments, but not a single person at my screening ever laughed or verbally reacted, no even once, They did however laugh at Captain Boomerang a lot (Probably because he is an Aussie). Also, Viola Davis is a bigger badass than the supposed badasses.

I was not invested by the action sequences too much at all, I found them to be very pedestrian and uninvolving. David Ayer's previous film 'Fury' provided some incredible action sequences, so I'm not sure why that wasn't the case in this film .

Ever since I saw that incredible first trailer with the beautiful cover of the Bee Gees 'I Started a Joke', I was really interested in 'Suicide Squad'. Even though the all the promos that came after it really didn't intrigue me, I was still sold by how good that first trailer was. Unfortunately, I just wasn't wowed by the film, it has it's entertaining moments and I enjoyed Leto's Joker, but ultimately I was disappointed...I guess the joke was on me.

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