By Jonathan DaSilva (New Bedford, MA, USA)
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Suicide Squad, the third entry in DC’s extended universe features one of the most promising ensembles for a comic book franchise but unfortunately for a film that promised to flip the superhero genre, the film fails in its execution. It’s beaten in the head repeatedly that the Squad are bad guys as if the audience must have amnesia or ADHD. The first act was executed very well introducing the various characters in a very unique and frenetic way that gave you a look into their life before their incarceration combined with classic songs that surprisingly fit. Although it started off promising, it simply doesn’t juggle the large ensemble properly and the film suffers for it despite the efforts of standouts Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie. Harley’s arc is quite honestly one of the best in the film and Deadshot, played by Will Smith, is the closest to an actual protagonist you’ll see on screen without actually being referenced as one.

Unfortunately, many of the trivial cast members stumble with finite screen time, secondary prequels and sandwiched benefactions. Jared Leto surprisingly managed to create an incarnation of The Clown Prince that truly stands on his own. It reminds me partly of “Scarface”. Might not agree with me but I got that impression. Most of his performance was seen through Harley’s prequel and I wish he was used more in this film because his portrayal shows promise if given a proper film. If The Joker had been utilized more in this film, he could have added that layer of chaos that the film was sorely lacking. The Joker holds a double edged sword in this film unfortunately. He is the personification of the film’s best concepts as well as its worst proclivities. Like Deadshot’s story and El Diablo’s, Joker’s love affair with Harley Quinn is told through flashbacks. The majority of the film’s most powerful emotions are encased in flashbacks.

One example of a major flaw: The villain’s gripe with humanity is exposed in one single line of dialogue. It’s quite ironic that a film that celebrates the protagonists features the worst villain I’ve ever seen in a comic book movie. There’s no denying that factor. The Enchantress along with the other villain I won’t mention to those who haven’t seen the film could easily be forgotten and mistaken for something out of Gods of Egypt. It was a wasted opportunity to craft a villain that can stand out in a pack of disposable villains we constantly get in the genre. I seriously have to question the concept of the Eyes of The Adversary.

For those action setups which weren’t jaw dropping with the one exception to Deadshot’s one scene, I thought every time I seen a minion I was seeing a cross between a Lovecraft concept crossed with some crazy Resident Evil zombie. The concept looks out of place with the film. The film score I felt was great in the first half since many of the songs are truly classics but it felt odd with the second half shifting to a traditional film score.

The plot isn’t honestly that great and quite generic. This film had a great opportunity to do things outside the box but it played safe well too safe and by doing so it lost the initial spark that it had in the first act. Plus the haphazard editing didn’t help the film. It’s reluctantly disappointing that such a visual spectacle was wasted on a ghastly plot, haphazard editing, insipid action and yet again a lackluster villain in a film coincidentally celebrating villains.

As for the DCEU, right now it’s Condition Critical and despite the money it’s earning…DC/WB are on Suicide Watch.

Rating: 2/5

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