David Ayer fails to rescue a desperately failing DC extended universe with the Worst. Heroes. Ever
Suicide Squad sets place after the events of Batman v Superman and follows a group of villains forced to save the world of an evil entity. The films stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis and is directed by David Ayer.
The strength of this movie comes from it’s magnificent cast. Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn are fantastic. They perfectly capture the essence of each of their characters and one can only hope to see them in better DC movies. The rest of the cast is also great. As usual, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller is also terrific. She may be one of the most interesting characters along with Deadshot and Harley Quinn.
The DCEU style continues to be an integral part of the movies. It’s slightly artsy and more daring than your average comic book movie and it does work. The colours and the shots create some unconventional styling that surprisingly works.It’s this kind of style that is going to help distinguish the DC from Marvel. However, sometimes its a style over substance issue that hurts the movie. The style seems to be the focal point and the story is left lacking. There needs to be a balance between both style and story.
However, was there even a story? Because it was non existent in this movie. It seems like the people involved in the movie never tried to build an interesting story line. What they were preoccupied with was trying to build their characters for other movies. While it does work on a very small level, the movie greatly suffers because of this. All the movie is on the surface is character expositions. While it can be interesting, the way Suicide Squad does it feels forced and rushed. The movie would’ve greatly benefited from having already introduced these characters in prior movies. Then they could’ve done a much stronger story and ultimately a much stronger film.
Suicide Squad does start rather good even though it’s very exposition-y. Nevertheless, it does crash and burn somewhere in third act. It’s very straight forward and it looks terrible. The director has no idea where he’s going with this movie and the third act feels like it’s being made in the moment. Along with it comes some terrible CGI that looks very cartoonish and reminiscent of Fantastic 4.
By far the biggest flaw of Suicide Squad is its horrific editing. The movie doesn’t feel cohesive and scenes are just thrown in the middle of a bunch of scenes in which don’t belong there. The characters sometime feels like their forgetting that there’s an evil entity destroying the world and that’s all because of the editing. It jumps from scenes to scenes and from tone to tone. There’s even one part where the movie jumped from a joke scene to a serious scene within 30 seconds and neither scene made sense. The movie is extremely confusing because of this and it never prevails.
Suicide Squad’s lazy story telling, choppy editing and terrible third act makes it the biggest disappointment of the summer. Apart from interesting characters, nothing in Suicide Squad makes it a worthy competitor against Marvel and that in itself is disappointing.