Suicide Squad is a box office success and to date has raked in $675 million worldwide (44.4% domestically) in just 32 days (4.4 weeks) since its release. The movie was entertaining (enough), earning a rating of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” and an audience score of 67%. For me it was a “solid” 6 out of 10 at best and I didn’t leave the cinema feeling like I wanted to go back to the box office and demand a refund; or as we’d say in Jamaican, “Mi waan back mi money!”
Despite the movie’s financial success, here’s where…in my humble opinion, the movie went horribly wrong (hyperbole). Spoilers up ahead, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you might want to stop right here. Or as Gandalf famously uttered, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”
1) No real backstory on the relationship and former life of Enchantress and her brother.
For the uninitiated, this presented a problem that made the story seem incomplete. They could’ve used at least a 2 or 3 minute sequence showing us how Enchantress and her brother were once worshipped akin to movies like The Mummy franchise. In fact, I’d have opened the film with Enchantress’ story and setup the film and by extension the audience, for what was to follow.
2) Choppy/messy editing; the sequence was all wrong.
When the first trailer was released, I was super-relieved that the cinematography looked similar to Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise featuring Christian Bale, as opposed to the disappointing cinematography that was the Man of Steel movie. That aside, the editing was a complete mess. It felt like some last minute adjustments were made and the sequence felt completely off. It could explain the reason certain key scenes that we saw in the trailer never made it to the final theatrical release. This brings me to my next point.
3) Not enough Joker!
What were they thinking? Like many of you, there were only three things I was looking forward to seeing. The first was Ben Affleck’s Batman’s cameo role. The second were the action sequences. And the third and last was Jared Leto’s interpretation of the infamous “The Joker” aka “Mister J”. After the guy spent a solid six months in preparation for the role, stayed in character on and off-screen while the movie filmed, and had enough movie reel on the cutting floor to make a 90 minute Joker film, we barely saw him on screen for all of 10 minutes (maybe 13). For me, Heath Ledgers’s cinematic interpretation of The Joker is still the best one yet!
4) Centering the story primarily on Deadshot (and not Enchantress or Harley).
I didn’t lose any sleep over the movie being focused on Deadshot’s story of the “deadbeat” father who wants to be a better parent to his daughter (the one good thing in his life). However, it was a bit of a letdown that the movie’s other key characters, namely Enchantress (main villain) and Harley weren’t given an equal footing to showcase their own stories.
5) A one-dimensional look at the relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn.
When Harley Quinn was first introduced to the DC Comics Universe through the old 1990s Batman cartoon series, there was hardly ever a kind moment exchanged between her and The Joker. For the most part he was always annoyed and trying to evade her or literally pushing her around. The movie didn’t show them as the “star-crossed lovers” we know them to be. It pretty much just showed us a romance story.
6) Botched cameo with The Flash (way too fast; and yeah, I know he’s a speedster, but seriously that was a bit much).
You barely noticed Barry Allen was on screen! If you had looked down at your phone or stretched to reach your drink or even take a handful of popcorn all while looking away from the screen, you’d have missed The Flash’s cameo. It was that fast and fell short of the impact it could’ve had in getting us pumped for Justice League.
7) The Suicide Squad bonded way too easily.
All those big egos and individualism and yet they bond with ease. We could’ve used at least a few moments that showed they had either crossed paths or worked together in the past. All they really shared in this movie was one drink and a really depressing (and moving) story by El Diablo. Perhaps the most honest moment of the entire movie. [in my opinion]
8) Too much music in every single scene.
While the movie had a “killer” soundtrack, for the love of all things, did we really need to hear that much music so fast? Almost every scene change greeted us with a new track and sometimes it was a struggle to hear the dialogue that was drowned out by the “background” music. And after putting us through all that, we still didn’t once hear “The Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet featured in the last few trailers. [Maybe during the end credits]
The anti-hero film was directed and written by David Ayer (who maybe needed more time to do so properly), and starred an ensemble cast that featured Will Smith (Floyd Lawton/Deadshot), Jared Leto (The Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller).
Fun Fact: The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X, is a name for two fictional organizations that appeared in American comic books published by DC Comics.
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