“Suicide Squad” Almost Stumbles Off the Edge

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Einah Park, Features Editor

For Marvel and DC Comics fans, 2016 was possibly the worst year for superhero movies. “X-Men: Apocalypse” was a nightmare (the whole time period change was never my thing) and “Captain America: Civil War” was a montage of all sorts of good and bad. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was not my favorite, and now “Suicide Squad”‘s a scorching outlier among the three.

I truly thought it would be better than what the critics were saying, so I wanted to go see for myself how it was. It had some appeal and was fairly satisfying, but I wanted to absolutely love it. In the end, I decided that “Suicide Squad” wasn’t that horrible.

Margot Robbie did a fantastic job as Harley Quinn, the ex-psychiatrist & insane girlfriend of Jared Leto’s (decent at best) Joker. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) was the woman in charge of the operation with officer Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) carrying orders out to an all-star cast. 

My favorite aspect of the entire “Suicide Squad” adventure was possibly the trailer. I thought “Bohemian Rhapsody” captured the essence of the movie in the trailer; it was possibly the greatest two minutes and thirty-one seconds of my life. Sadly, the movie did not live up to the trailer’s potential.

How were we supposed to be satisfied with messy and rushed production? The confusing plot was completely misleading and the audience would have been far better off Googling each character before coming to see the movie.

I was most disappointed by the lack of scenes from the trailer being added into the movie. I kept thinking, “Okay here’s where so-and-so is about to do x, y and z.” Unfortunately, so-and-so did not do x, y and z.

I appreciated the diversity of the cast. Katana (Stephanie Sheh) was brutally fantastic, although her presence felt slightly unnecessary. Again, Margot Robbie was obviously made to play Harley Quinn. If we’re being honest here, it would’ve been worth sacrificing some of Deadshot (Will Smith)’s scenes for more of her screen time.

In general, the characters were a fun mix, but we didn’t need so many roles with such little background information. We don’t deserve this. The movie production and scenes themselves were kinda awful, but I did enjoy watching DC finally learn to add in that dash of humor that Marvel figured out long ago.

I ultimately did like the movie; I laughed and, well, laughed some more. Don’t knock it till you watch it. And don’t forget the end credits – I shrieked.