Yet another DC film that is divisive to fans and critics…

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Director David Ayer gives us Suicide Squad, the much hyped and much anticipated DC film. It serves as the follow up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And given how divisive that film turned out, this film has a lot of expectation to live up to.

The film starts with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), an intelligence operative who proposes for an elite team of supervillains to send in dangerous missions. After an ancient entity wreaks havoc in Midway City, Waller calls on Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) to lead Task Force X, a team consisting of the marksman Deadshot (Will Smith), the insane Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the pyrokinetic El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), the boomerang-wielding thief Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), the cannibal Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and rope-expert mercenary Slipknot (Adam Beach).

The actors were clearly having fun filming this film, especially Margot Robbie, Jared Leto (who plays The Joker), and Jai Courtney. There is a lot of chemistry between the characters.

There seems to be a new take in the Joker-Harley relationship, and it might upset some fans. In fact, I am a bit cautious about it. But if they ever make it compelling and intriguing in the next movies, then that’s fine with me.

I cannot believe I’m saying this, but Jai Courtney was really enjoyable in this film (Whooo, fire!). Hernandez and Smith give us a human side to supervillains in the forms of El Diablo and Deadshot. Davis gives us a cold Amanda Waller who takes the “means to an end” approach very seriously.

Killer Croc, however, is definitely there just for the team to have a “tank” character. He did little for the plot…

Undoubtedly, there is more humor in this film compared to the two DCEU films, and it worked most of the time. However, Killer Croc’s jokes/humor seems to be forced and awkward to say the least.

There seems to be trouble with pacing though. The first half of the film was perfect as it sets up the characters really well, but once the antagonist started to cause destruction, a lot of things happen quickly.

Suicide Squad is undoubtedly the best DCEU film so far, but Warner Bros. Pictures still need to step up their game if they want to catch up to/exceed Marvel’s success. Because of this, this film is…

GREAT GOOD BAD UGLY

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