Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad ★★½

I'm really torn by Suicide Squad.  There were elements I really, really enjoyed: the crazy first 10 minutes as it jumped around introducing the main players; Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is fantastic; Leto's Joker, although massively underused, is great and I can't wait to see more of him; and Will Smith carries the film brilliantly and brings a some emotional weight with Deadshot.

However, the story was just crap and made very little sense.  The villains were uninteresting and why on earth did Enchantress revive her brother's spirit within a random, nameless businessman instead of a character the audience can care about?  Rick Flag was massively unlikable and he's supposed to be the "normal" person in the Squad that the audience are supposed to relate to.  Boomerang was unlikable and given hardly anything to do.  Was Killer Croc even in this movie?  And what the hell happened to Slipknot?!  There was no conflict within the Squad, they all just got along nicely like they'd been friends for years.  There were a few surprise deaths but nobody we cared about.  The action scenes were a confusing, CGI mess. Oh, and did I mention that the story sucked?

Overall, there are things to really enjoy here and this film had so much potential, but unfortunately it just didn't live up to the hype.  This is the third film in the DC Cinematic Universe and it's the third dud.  Perhaps it's time for DC to pull the plug on their Cinematic Universe?

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