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Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad
SUICIDE SQUAD is muddled and disappointing!
Boasting of a talented cast, this DCEU film starts off with great promise but keeps degenerating as it progresses, leading us to an overlong, ill-written, drab climax. It’s Margot Robbie as ‘Harley Quinn’ and Jared Leto as the ‘Joker’ who put up an extremely riveting show, keeping you hooked even when things go awry. It’s funny in parts, but not absorbing enough to keep you invested for two complete hours. Avoidable!
U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. Her idea is to assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. What follows, surpasses all imagination.
The problem with SUICIDE SQUAD is that it wants so desperately to be subversive and irreverent in the manner of Fight Club or Deadpool, but the filmmaking is so heavy handed that it leaches all the fizz and colour out of it. There’s definitely some flashes in the pan, but they’re very few and far between. Like the humour is good in some places, but inconsistent. Same is the case with the special effects, which range from seamless to outright tacky. Also, unexpectedly, there's a jarring mash of tones and clumsy editing that suggests that it feels something isn't quite right in Suicide Squad. Everything wrong points to bad editing and clumsy direction.
However, it’s the performance of Margot Robbie that makes you stand up and notice. She’s a natural with the notoriously fanatic character of Harley Quinn she plays. A perfect partner to the Joker, which is again brilliantly played by Jared Leto. Both of them are menacing, yet enticing. Their chemistry too is sparkling. Jared Leto had to live up to huge expectations playing the Joker after the great Heath Ledger himself. But he does extremely well. All others, which includes a surefooted Will Smith, are swell. You also see Ben Affleck appearing briefly as Batman and Ezra Miller entering as The Flash, but these are mere gimmicks in a futile exercise that this film is.
In all, SUICIDE SQUAD is regrettably an exciting premise that never really unfolds. A couple of performances apart, there’s nothing really praiseworthy here. Watch it only if you’ve got nothing else to do.

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