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Suicide Squad, worth the wait?
Better Than Last Time But...
After DC's swing and miss with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they step up with a more colorful and creative look to the superhero franchise. However, it seems that the same issues remain with only minor improvements made. Suicide Squad is one of those movies that reminds you that having a unique style is no substitute to solid writing.
High Potential, Poor Delivery
Batman v Superman's weakness lied it's confusing and messy plot, while Suicide Squad's main pitfall is its rushed character development. Which is unfortunate because great performances are seen from Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), and even Jared Leto, who plays an interesting mob-style Joker that it feels only Leto can pull off. But even with the talented cast, the lack of character building scenes makes it hard to get attached to any of the team. The movie also definitely plays favorites, while some characters suddenly appear in the middle of the movie with little to no backstory, others are given long flashback scenes.
Another instance of wasted potential is the movie's use of music. While the selection was great, touting titles such as Eminem's Without Me and even Bohemian Rhapsody, the actual application of music to scene was usually awkward and underwhelming. One particular example is the film's use of Without Me, which would pair very well with a comedic, slapstick-esque, fighting scene, but instead is shown when each character is putting on their costumes. The effect of the song is also lost due to how it's been heavily cut, leaving only about 6 lines.
Same Concept Done Better
A unpredictable, ragtag team of criminals sent to defeat what seems to be the undefeatable, is a plot that Marvel has also tried with their Guardians of the Galaxy. While both movies have their respective, undeniable charm; it seems Guardians' does a better job of giving the backstories to the obscure characters, and making the audience actually care about them.
One of Suicide Squad's greatest strengths is its artstyle, a sort of colorful and shiny graffiti; which is prominently featured in its character intros and the outro to the movie. This alone may be enough to warrant a theater visit (maybe even in 3D) as it won't be done justice on a smaller screen.