Suicide Squad Review!

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Suicide Squad is a chance for DC to show off one of its greatest super villain teams saving the world. The cast includes fan favorites such as Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Kukuhara), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Joker (Jared Leto), and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). There were also plenty of lesser knowns such as Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). There’s even a few brief appearances of Batman (Ben Affleck) and another Justice League member who I won’t spoil. This is the third movie in the Detective Comics Extended Universe, or DCEU for short, and picks up after the events of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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The basic plot of the movie is that metas are becoming more and more common on Earth, and are starting to cause more problems. The US government decides that it needs someone to deal with these threats. Amanda Waller presents them with the idea of Task Force X, aka the Suicide Squad, as a way to deal with these threats. If something goes wrong or they fail, the government throws them under the bus and takes none of the blame. A threat pops up when some old Aztec gods attack Midway City, hometown of Hawkman and Hawkgirl in Silver Age DC, and the squad is sent to take down the threat. The ending fairly predictable, but I’ll let you decide if you want to go see the movie and find out for yourself.

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Here’s what I liked bout it: it was funny. DC apparently finally figured out that people like a little bit of humor with their super serious plots. The characters were mostly likable and relatable. Simple things like a man willing to do anything for his daughter, or a girl who fell hard for guy she really shouldn’t have, instead of an alien laser eyes. Other little things like getting to see characters back stories, the soundtrack being fun, and everything looking great on screen, added to this actually being an enjoyable movie. What I didn’t like: the movie was incredibly predictable. I don’t think there was a single moment I was actually surprised, the movie followed the typicale tropes of a vengeful villain wanting to destroy the world, among many other things which made the movie a little lackluster. There were also little plotholes, like Harley having a moment where she could and should have left the Squad, but stayed only because the plot demanded it. Also, because the cast was so big, many characters didn’t get the time or attention they deserved, especially Killer Croc and Boomerang. Honestly, those characters felt shoehorned in as they didn’t serve the plot at all, and movie probably would have been better off without them. Overall, it’s much better than Batman V. Superman, possibly better than Man of Steel, but overall still another mediocre DC movie. I give it three out of five stars. Suicide Squad is in theaters nationwide August 5.

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