The highly-anticipated Suicide Squad broke records this weekend with $135 million at the box office. However, the reviews from Rotten Tomatoes have been less-than favorable at 26%.* Lets discuss the 5 biggest problems with Suicide Squad.
1. Weird editing decisions
The movie begins with Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) idea to use supervillians on a black ops missions and continues with descriptions and flashbacks of her chosen supervillians. These flashbacks occur frequently and seem to interrupt the plot of the film. At one point, they flashback to show the reason for a previously failed mission; something that should have been shown in its entirely when it originally occurred. Also, the animated portion during the introduction was detracting and flashed so quickly that you did not have enough time to read the quirky comments. Overall, the editing was choppy, but could be blamed on the re-edits after Batman v Superman.
2. The main villains are a bore
Despite portraying a visually stunning character, Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) was a terrible final boss. She was too powerful and her reason for human destruction was ultimately predictable. Her “machine” of destruction was never shown, and the limits and source of her powers were never explained. Her brother was also a useless character. Ideally, I would have loved to see the main villain shift to Amanda Waller and a more compelling reason for supervillians to form a team.
3. Why is Katana here, and what happened to the guard?
Katana (Karen Fukuhara), the Japanese swords(wo)man, joins the team to protect Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). My thoughts on this were “Ummm, why?” Also, how does he know Japanese? Why was she not in Belle Reve with the other supervillians? Speaking of Bell Reve, remember Griggs (Ike Barinholtz), the cruel guard who taunts the inmates? He gives Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) a cellphone and she tells him, “You’re so screwed.” We never find out what happened to him. I guess he’s not-so screwed.
4. Deleted scenes from the trailer
I know that the movie was re-edited after Batman v Superman, but there were multiple scenes that were deleted from the trailer. Here is a sample platter of Harley’s deleted moments:
5. Made for fans — kind of
Suicide Squad poorly introduced characters no one has heard of — unless you’re a fan. Unlike Batman and Superman, who are considered modern mythology, Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Harley Quinn, and the rest needed more scene time to develop their stories. Amanda Waller is known in DCU as a huge enemy to the Justice and Injustice League, but this was also poorly introduced as well. If you’re new to the DCU, watch Batman: Assault on Arkham, the dark, animated version of Suicide Squad.
I enjoyed the movie—a post on what I liked to follow—and I don’t think it deserved such a low rating. It had a lot of potential to be great, but it fell a bit short. I wonder…
Will there be a Suicide Squad 2?
- Anyone else notice that Rick Flag went from clean shaven to a goatee?
- Anyone else think it was weird that Harley Quinn showed no signs of being tortured in the scene when she jumped into the acid?
- Anyone else see ‘Common’ in the credits but did not recognize him in the movie?
- Anyone else laugh at Enchantress’ machine-making dance?
- Anyone else wonder what the flashback of June Moone in the hospital was about?
- Anyone else see people dressed up as the Joker in their movie theater? Freaked. Me. Out.