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The 5 Biggest Problems with “Suicide Squad”

August 9, 2016

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.

Spoilers, obviously

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:

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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.

Final thoughts

 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?

Honorable mentions

  1. Anyone else notice that Rick Flag went from clean shaven to a goatee?
  2. Anyone else think it was weird that Harley Quinn showed no signs of being tortured in the scene when she jumped into the acid?
  3. Anyone else see ‘Common’ in the credits but did not recognize him in the movie?
  4. Anyone else laugh at Enchantress’ machine-making dance?
  5. Anyone else wonder what the flashback of June Moone in the hospital was about?
  6. Anyone else see people dressed up as the Joker in their movie theater? Freaked. Me. Out.

 

 

 

 

*Pitch Perfect 2, the worst movie in existence, received a 66% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Javier Bastardo August 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    1. Totally

    2. Yes, but can’t really complain, there are tons of those in superhero movies, even recent ones. It sucks, but I can see past that.

    3. I think she was there on the order of Waller, it is not specified that she is in fact a villain, so I take it as if she was just a formerly recruited agent and has done that kind of work before for either Flag himself or any other Waller decided to. Regarding the guard, maybe it was just an open and empty threat, as in “Oh, you know Mr. J personally now? You are going to pay”. It does sucks we don’t see him “paying”, but he doesn’t has to do it right away.

    4. TOTALLY, can’t wait for the Director’s Cut.

    5. I concur.

    Bonus:

    1. All the CGI mumble-jumble distracted me from seeing that.

    2. Yes, it maybe was later on? But yeah, totally.

    3. Common’ girl, das Common there alright, you were busy checking out Leto.

    4. Didn’t really pay that munch attention to that, the whole villain-combo and arc was just as bad/forgettable for me.

    5. Since her powers aren’t really explained, and judging from my perspective at the reaction of Flag, I feel safe to say that maybe that was not a flashback but maybe a glance into a posible future if he did not “cooperated” with Enchantress at the moment? As in “let me do my business or she dies”.

    6. No, but I would have loved to. I went with my Batman t-shirt (that shows actual Batman, not just the emblem). I want a DC logo t-shirt, as I have a Marvel one that I put on specifically for seeing Marvel movies, if I don’t have one for the character/group of the day. I got a Dr. Strange t-shirt earlier this year, and I’m not using it until the release 😛

    • Reply Gabriela August 12, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Yay! I like the comments and insight! I definitely have to write about the things I enjoyed about the movie and maybe watch it a second time to catch any Easter eggs.

      I’m a bit skeptical about Dr. Strange because of the controversies that have arisen from the film, but I’ll give it a change for sure!

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