Movie Review: Suicide Squad *Spoilers Alert!*

Suicide Squad
The DC Extended Universe is not an exaggeration.

Where to begin? I was so confused with everything that happened in the movie that I don’t even know what to say in this review. But I will try.

The trailers have been misleading. They were excellently cut. However, why can’t they achieve that in the whole film? Even with several characters not getting story arcs, the plot is already messy enough. If DC really wanted to sell audiences on the Suicide Squad, they should’ve added the Joker (Jared Leto) only as a post-credit scene and instead focused on the members of Task Force X. It could have been a great movie but it’s content to walk along the border between being good and being frustrating. I wanted this movie to live up to the hype but I can’t blame the critics for rating it so low. The action sequences weren’t so hot either. I laughed out loud when Enchantress (Cara Delevigdisarmed the team after she fights them with swords. She has magic but chooses to engage in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry. Oh, Slipknot dies because Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) tricks him to test if the explosive implants really work.

They did a great job, though,  with the stories of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Will Smith’s character reminds me of Ant-Man  a little and El Diablo is to fire what Elsa in Frozen was to ice. The Australian actress was particularly impressive and I liked how she handled the fan favorite. Even though some of her lines were already showcased in the trailers, I still chuckled when she said something funny. But what sold me is that scene in the rain after the Joker ‘died’ and she was obviously sad. When the others saw her, she went back to character. I was also intrigued by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) because she has so much power but we don’t what her motives are. She seems to be a patriot but her methods are questionable. Her character closely resembles that of the Kingpin in Marvel and Netflix’ Daredevil. I didn’t care much about Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnamon). He wants to save his girlfriend Dr. June Moone AKA Enchantress but he’s at the mercy of criminals whose help he needs. He almost gets taken twice by the enemy, too.

Regardless, what got me excited is the set-up for the upcoming movies. We can probably expect Captain Boomerang to show up in the Flash. A Harley Quinn spin-off is reportedly in the works. I don’t see The Joker in the next Batman film but he’ll definitely be around for the Ben Affleck trilogy. The mid-credit scene between Amanda Waller and Bruce Wayne gives the Dark Knight additional information for his quest to form the Justice League.

The biggest problem with DC Films right now as opposed to Marvel Studios is they’re trying to please everybody. The latter knows their characters are beloved and they highlight what makes them great so that casual audiences turn into fans. I still think DC is desperately trying to catch up with Marvel in terms of cinematic universes when they don’t have to. Marvel has been doing it for several years already and you can’t really rush genius. Thank God we have the Wonder Woman movie to look forward to and Justice League will still be a thing. I won’t be rushing back to the theater to re-watch Suicide Squad. I’m just curious to see David Ayer’s original cut prior to studio interference.

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