'Suicide Squad' is Bitterly Disappointing

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Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad is a superhero film based on the DC Comics featuring a group of incarcerated villains assembled by the ice cold Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). The squad members - whom are injected with remote explosive devices to ensure they do not step out of line - include Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). Waller manipulates the team of baddies and uses them as tools against the mysterious supernatural witch Enchantress, played by Cara Delevingne.

There were high expectations surrounding the David Ayer directed action-adventure; not only for the big-screen debut of Harley Quinn and other DC supervillains, but because the film followed the highly-criticized Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Despite an impressive $133.6 million opening weekend, Suicide Squad has faced pushback from moviegoers for its underwhelming plot and unevenly paced storyline. While a large chunk of the movie is dedicated to backstories for much of the Squad members, many fans were disappointed with the lack of screen time given to Jared Leto’s The Joker.

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Fortunately, the personalities of the squad members stand out and help carry the film.  Much like their colorful hair and flashy costumes, Harley and Joker are the bright spots of the movie with their bits of humor. Harley’s backstory teases her dysfunctional relationship with The Joker, and how she came to love the maniac. Harley’s bubby and crazy personality bring humor to Suicide Squad and provide some of the film’s best lines. Margot Robbie beautifully captures the crazy dynamic of Harley Quinn. Similarly, Deadshot, played by Will Smith, also captures his share of charm thanks to heartwarming scenes with his daughter and his sassy jabs at the team. Fans found another bright spot in the collaboration-heavy soundtrack, which quickly began trending on iTunes amid the film’s release. 

Overall, the film carried a lot of potential for depth and action, but fell short as it was held back by a weak plot. Suicide Squad is a bitterly-disappointing film experience, not just for comic book fans, but moviegoers in general.