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Suicide Squad (2016) 
Watch 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' Instead
1.5/4 stars

'Suicide Squad' continues the lackluster performance of this new DC universe of films. I was vastly disappointed in 'Batman v. Superman' earlier this year, but was holding out hope for 'Suicide Squad'. Sadly, it too let me down. First off, I'm very familiar with these villains. Some within the group are among my favorite Batman adversaries. Second, I LOVE the concept. It's like a weird spin on 'The Dirty Dozen'. These two areas held strong for most of the film. The vastly talented ensemble work well together and conceptualize everything I previously liked about these characters. It truly feels as if they've come to life right off the page. There are sporadic moments of genuine fun, as well as some good humor sprinkled in (sparsely). It moves along quickly and rarely becomes dull. This is where the positives stop. The entirety of this film is poorly edited. The beginning bulk sets up the cast of characters, and their mission, in a break-neck pace - complete with multiple music centric montages in succession and many disjointed flashbacks. A couple of flashbacks serve as individual good scenes, but all lack any flow with one another in their jumbled presentation. It's all rushed and unnatural. What's worse is that only three characters in the entire group have any substantial backstory, or course resembling development throughout the film. These three were done the most justice, for sure. However, the rest are just backseat riders for the entire duration. Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, and Katana, were given absolutely nothing to do. They were just as interesting, if not more-so, than the others. I was most excited and curious to see them shine, but they were completely wasted. As for the elusive selling point known as the Joker, he was unnecessary to the plot. Most of his time was spent in Harley's flashbacks, with two more short sequences happening alongside the squad's mission. He could've been taken out entirely and it wouldn't have changed much of anything. Leto's performance was different, but not as memorable as one would expect. The mission that the group is forced into is like something out of a bad early 90's superhero flick. The villain is beyond weak, from a character standpoint, and way too powerful for most of the group. Their specific skills would've been better suited to something more low-key/down-and-dirty. It really makes no sense why they are on this mission, especially when the threat is generated from one of the group's original members. The second half is devoted to (very little) unimpressive action and lots of kooky antics complete with random off-handed comic remarks. Some of the antics and lines generated a bit of fun. That, coupled with the stellar performances and accurate portrayals made me a little forgiving. There's just so much unused potential still left over. If you want to see the great film this could've been, then check out the semi-recent animated title: 'Batman: Assault on Arkham'. It's a great Suicide Squad movie, and everything this one should've been.


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