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On paper, this could have been the antidote to an increasingly codified strain of comic-book movies, but in the end, it’s just another high-altitude version of the same.
A gleefully nihilistic, abysmally messy romp that delights in upending the genre’s conventions and tries desperately to, like, totally blow your mind with its outre freak show.
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Who stole the soul of Suicide Squad? I’d say it’s Ayer’s willingness to go all limp-dick and compromise his hardcore action bona fides for a PG-13 crowdpleaser that would rather ingratiate than cut deep, or even cut at all.
What a waste of a perfectly twisted Suicide Squad.
It’s probably best to think of “Suicide Squad” as a primer, an entry into a side world of the DC Universe that may pay bigger benefits in later films.
Suicide Squad isn’t a typical next step in universe building but it’s all DC has going for it right now. Ayer’s movie will make a lot of money, but in the black hole of comic geekdom he won’t make many friends.
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It doesn’t necessarily fall to this film to define what a villain’s journey really means. But like its characters, it’s free to operate on its own terms, and it’d be a much stronger story if it took full advantage of that freedom.
Suicide Squad isn’t exactly the movie that audiences are hoping for, and not the bounce-back that the series needed after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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