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Suicide Squad: The World’s Flattest Roller Coaster

Regardless of the reviews, Suicide Squad did surprisingly well in the box office.

Jack Puckett, Staff Writer

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My preference for DC over Marvel can be summed up in one word, by one man.

Batman.

That is why it is so difficult to witness Marvel’s slaughter of DC in the movie industry.

‘Suicide Squad’ wasn’t an awful movie in itself, but relative to ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘The Avengers’, and even earlier DC installments like ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy, it falls short.

A group of disturbed villains is brought together by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to provide a backup to the actual heroes. The antihero take is interesting and appeals to me. It was done masterfully in ‘Deadpool’, and I was hoping for a more serious kind of questionable morals in ‘Suicide Squad’.

The depiction of these characters/villains as truly human, with human emotions, but who happened to make some bad decisions in the past, was a great way to portray the morality of human beings.

That said, I still wanted the villains to be more villainous.

The immediate group members of the squad are Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and Slipknot (Adam Beach).

In addition, there are Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the Enchantress/June Moon (Cara Delevingne), the Joker (Jared Leto), and Katana (Karen Fukuhara).

They had to introduce and explain each of these characters in the same movie.

The aspect that really brings Suicide Squad down is the lack of a good antagonist. A bad antagonist leads to bad conflict, which in turn produces a bad plot.

There is an ancient witch who has magical evil powers and is only kept at bay because Viola Davis has her archaic heart. She wants to destroy the world since the people don’t worship her.

Oh, and she also transforms into Rick Flag’s fiancé.

Easy, right?

The plot seems to be on par with a plot seen on the SciFi Channel on Sunday mornings.

“I didn’t feel like the movie was going anywhere for a while, and then right as I saw the villain go into her form she died,” said James Pelon, a disgruntled audience member. “That’s when the movie killed it for me.”

I was hoping for some sort of mission that only villains could complete, a mission that was beneath the genuine righteousness of most superheroes.

Instead, it’s just a typical superhero mission, and there really isn’t much of a reason why the “good” superheroes couldn’t help out.

There are a few rare redeemable traits.

Jared Leto’s Joker is a forced kind of creepy, and is below Heath Ledger’s, but it fills its purpose.

Leto is in the film enough to show who he is but not too much to take away.

There is also a scene before the climactic ending when the whole squad sits at a bar and has a heartfelt talk.

The theme of honor amongst thieves appeals to me. Robbie is exceptional as Harley Quinn. She does a great job portraying the crazy, funny, murderous personality.

Josh Pelon, an avid DC fan sees the movie in a more positive light.

“I think [people] take Suicide Squad way too seriously because DC movies are supposed to be dark and gritty, but with these type of characters and that type of plot it should be silly and goofy and fun,” he said. “And that’s why I loved it so much.”

To sum up, Suicide Squad is like the world’s flattest roller coaster. Yeah, it’s pretty fun and worth giving a try, but it doesn’t go anywhere, and you’re left wondering what the point of it all was. Although Suicide Squad may lack in some departments, it’s still one entertaining ride.

If plot is not an important aspect of a movie for one, then Suicide Squad will deliver. There are amazing visuals that feed the eye junk food. “But man when [El Diablo] turned into that Indian fire chief I was like, ‘Oh!’. That was so cool,” Josh Pelon adds.

To sum up, Suicide Squad is like the world’s flattest roller coaster. Yeah it’s pretty fun and worth giving a try, but it doesn’t go anywhere, and you’re left wondering what the point of it all was. Although Suicide Squad may lack in some departments, it’s still one entertaining ride.

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