By Daniel Polidoro (Lawrence, KS)
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Will Smith and Margot Robbie shine in the summer blockbuster Suicide Squad. Unfortunately, their performances cannot overcome the muddled plot and sloppy editing. David Ayer directs this band of misfits recruited by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). The movie opens with music video introductions to our villains turned anti-heroes. Deadshot (Smith), Harley Quinn (Robbie), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) are recruited by Waller to prevent future meta-humans from taking over the world.

Deadshot is a Gotham City hit man who only wants to be with his daughter and to remove Batman from his life. Harley Quinn is made in love and has multiple personalities. Diablo turns out to be a compelling character with an actual character arc. Boomerang has a unicorn fetish. Killer Croc is used poorly and frankly shouldn’t even be in this movie. Katana shows up randomly and we never get to see her power, a sword that steals souls, in full force. These are bad guys and they don’t really do bad things in this movie. Ayer’s known for directing dark movies (Training Day and Fury). Shockingly this did not feel like a David Ayer film at all. Ayer’s voice creeps out a few times which makes one wonder how much was taken out of this theatrical edit. We may never know. Movie fans can’t be expected to buy another “Ultimate Edition” once the Blu-ray comes out.

Another problem is Enchantress becomes the villain/mission for the squad to take out. Waller sets up a romance with Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) so she can manipulate The Enchantress. Honestly, Waller’s motives made no sense to me. She has the heart of The Enchantress and knew Flag was head over heels for her. Waller proves throughout that she is pure evil and only wants what’s best for her. Yet again though, we are left with one CGI mess of a finale. Oh, I forgot, The Joker (Jared Leto) is also in this movie. Leto’s Joker is Richard Nixon meets Scarface: fancy bling, 1930’s gangster talk and grilled teeth. Nicholson and Ledger were both creepy as The Joker in their own ways. Leto is not scary at all and is only in the movie to give Harley Quinn a back-story.

The movie trailers for Suicide Squad supply most of the Joker scenes in them. That’s not a good thing. Had the Joker been the main villain it may have led to greater tension between the squad. Harley would have had a tough choice between squad and love. On the other hand Batman (Ben Affleck) is awesome in his short cameo appearance. The Flash is also present for a brief moment. The credits scene made me anxious to see The Justice League movie. Affleck’s Batman should give us hope for the future of the D.C. cinematic universe. There is still a large gap to overcome before D.C. can be in the same conversation with Marvel. Overall the summer movie season ends in disappointment. At least Killer Croc got his B.E.T.

Rating: 2/5

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