Sorry puddin, but Suicide Squad was just so disappointing. Ugh, I don't even know where to begin. I had such high hopes for it too: Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Will Smith, Margot Robbie -- so much wasted potential.
(Side note: HUGE Jared Leto fan over here. Jordan Catalano <3)
That's not to say that the movie wasn't entertaining -- because it was. The first half was solid. Humor! Joker! Batman! Heart Wrenching Deadshot daughter scene! Viola Davis being all badass. But when the suicide squad finally gets together, it takes a sharp freaking nosedive. Only two (three?) characters remain interesting. It becomes repetitive, predictable and it SUCKS.
Guardians of the Galaxy you are not, Suicide Squad. Stop copying Marvel and start doing your own thing DC! Goddamn.
At no point did I feel that the suicide squad was actually embarking on a "suicide" mission. Slipknot is the only character to literally "explode" off the scene and he is in the movie for a total of ten minutes? Show of hands who actually gave a shit.
The battles were too easily won and the baddies posed no real threat. The fights scenes were badly directed with terrible editing. The villain was probably one of the worst I've seen (and I thought Apocalypse was a bad villain). Too much exposition and talks of how "badass" these protagonists are but when it came down to it, she just stood there.... moving her body back and forth. There was no evidence to back those "badass" assertions. Show don't tell my friends.
Enchantress/June Moone, ugh. This is all I have to say about that -- Cara Delevigne is a gorgeous women and a fantastic model but an actress she is not. (Scary thought -- she is starring in Valerian with Dane Dehaan and it's directed by Luc Besson. Lord help us.)
And the Joker -- what a pathetic joke. His character was reduced to nothing more than a psychotic romantic sideline character and... a gangster? Seriously, can someone explain that scene with Common -- we get it, they're crazy. For hyping up a character so much in the trailer and only giving him maybe 15 minutes of screen time -- what's up with that?
Harley Quinn is the one redeeming quality. Harley has been my favorite villain in the Batman universe since her introduction in the animated series. Naturally, I was particularly critical and skeptical of Margot Robbie's portrayal of Harley. But damn! Robbie is to Harley Quinn like Michelle Pfeiffer is to Catwoman. Perfect casting choices. But can we please go into more detail as to how she could fall in love with Joker. I get his Jared Leto -- but he's a fucking psychopathic and abusive killer!
AND THEY INCLUDED TANGO OF EVIL, ALEX ROSS HOMAGE FRIENDS:
Final Verdict: With the studio cuts and rough editing, there is no fluidity to the story. The villain posed no real threat and created zero danger. Ultimately, the film wasted its cast's talents on subpar writing and awful direction. Feeling some low expectations for Justice League. 5/10
SIDE NOTE: My brother pointed out (which I agree with): they should have done a quick montage of different missions solidifying the "twisted family" vibe that they seemed to be going for. There was no real camaraderie between the squad -- aside from Deadshot and Harley -- which caused the second half to suffer.
P.S. Did Katana even talk? Aside from talking to her sword and backstory, totally forgot she was there.