Suicide Squad

Well, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (2016) assembles a team of dangerous super villains for a top-secret mission. Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Any geek, including myself can tell you DC has the best villains, every one is hilarious and just creative brilliance.

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Firstly, roughly introducing characters origins at the start appears lazy to an audience. The execution of introducing the characters should be a slow process, taking time to explain everything about each antihero in order to create attachment to them. I didn’t feel any empathy towards the characters apart from Deadshot’s relationship with his daughter which seemed to be favoured over other characters for some reason.

The plot itself is full of holes, a lot of stories are left alone and never resolved. The main drive of the story is the Enchantress, the witch which has taken over June Moone’s (Cara Delevingne) body. I was surprised with this characters key involvement in the movie, she has never been a highly popular villain in the comics. Her last major appearance in the DC world was in the 2007 Shadowpact series, the Enchantress from then on has continued to make minor appearances in the DC Universe, to me this means she’s lost her touch and in my opinion shouldn’t have taken up the whole story line, all the other characters are very strong and established. Therefore would have easily carried the story rather than trying too hard with the Enchantress.

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This movies execution of the action was fun, fighting with baseball bats and boomerangs really adds to the comic book flair people love. The comedy is sarcastic and dark which reflects the villains rude personalities, making them appear shameless to the audience which is iconic to them.

I do understand that this film is not trying to be like the comics, this is obvious from the costumes alone. For me, this steers too far from what I love, the joker’s character is painfully trying to be different. Originally I loved the idea of a tattooed joker with no shirt, but after watching the film it added nothing. Quinn, Boomerang and Enchantress all have the most boring costumes, all look cheap and effortless (apart from Quinn’s nod to her old iconic red and black jumpsuit, thanks for that) which makes me think the film itself was cheap and effortless.

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I wanted to love this film, but I only like it. Unfortunately it was solely created for the business, sucking the joy out of something which could have been incredible.

Quinn is my favourite and always will be, thank you Margot for not ruining her essence and keeping her an innocent, loveable and yet scary villain.

We’re bad guys, thats what we do.

2/5 PROBE POINTS

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