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Suicide Squad - Film Review: DC's First Gangland Ensemble

Lars HindsleyBy Lars Hindsley Wed 10 Aug 2016 1:05 AM EST | 2251 Views
Two out of Three Dangers

Suicide Squad Poster(DM) – Sunday August 8, 2016 For such a highly anticipated movie, any negative review you find out there should be considered bias as most reviewers secretly harbor disdain for comic book movies. They want them to fail. In fact, modern age Suicide Squad writer has voiced the same opinion, "I know some of the critics, both in print and online, do not like the movie. That’s okay; everyone has a right to their own opinion even when it’s wrong. My problem is that, at least with some of the media reviews, is that the critic is also tired of superhero and “tentpole” films and, overtly or covertly, would like to see their end. Look, I get it – they have to see all the films out there and they must be tired of all the blockbusters."

Suicide Squad  hits the right notes within the DC universe and within the age group it is geared toward. The film is good. It isn't great and it is well worth seeing, you won't walk away from it let down.

Suicide Squad Ensemble

What is interesting is this film isn't helmed by the usual comic book fanboy. David Ayers is not a traditional director, yet he managed to understand an honor a good bit of the authenticity of characters pulled from the DC print universe. His Suicide Squad is more of a New 52 group and not so much the modern age John Ostrander team. However if you look for it in the film, Ostrander gets a major easter egg.

The film is faithful in its depiction of not only major traits of characters such as Deadshot's creed of not killing women or children but minor traits of characters such as Captain Boomerang's cowardice - something not evident in the CW's Flash.

As for the addition of Gotham's Dark Knight, Batman - he shows up a bit less than most would have expected but enough to compliment the story appropriately.
 Suicide Squad Enters Midway City
The third act does under-deliver but not to the extent you can't come away feeling let down - unless you go into the film expecting a lot. 

Should anyone expect a lot from Suicide Squad? Let's be real, this was a dark horse story that came out of nowhere with fan boys and distant fan girls of Harley Quinn wanting this to play out like a 1990's Fox morning animated Batman show.  As the year wore on and the hype machine built up steam it became apparent that Suicide Squad would have a very big shoe to fill if it was going to be given a pass by critics. It won't - it can't. The story is thin and perhaps if there were at least two more DCEU films to roll out shortly after Suicide Squad then the light nature of this plot would be acceptable. But the standard is higher, unfairly higher and therefore Suicide Squad falls short. Well short. Not because of too many characters, not because these are villains which can never be made out to be true heroes, and certainly not because so much Joker was left on the cuttin room floor.

Suicide Squad is just a fun film. Disposible in all ways possible. It should be enjoyed as a Saturday afternoon popcorn action flick with no further expectations.  To that end it gets two of five Dangers. 

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