Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stylish Super-Villains: Too Bad Dc's 'Suicide Squad' Is a Mess

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stylish Super-Villains: Too Bad Dc's 'Suicide Squad' Is a Mess

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"Suicide Squad" is a choppy, barely coherent mess, but, boy, does it have visual and auditory style to burn. The DC Entertainment Universe's latest attempt to stop the Marvel Cinematic Universe from sucking up all the discretionary cash in comic book geekdom is an entertaining failure. Still, it has more than a few redeeming qualities that merit it a second look when it inevitably migrates to HBO and Netflix.

The first third of "Suicide Squad" is as entertaining as any movie about minor comic book super-villains has a right to be. Director/?writer David Ayer sets the audience up with miniature portraits of the villains - who really do earn the sobriquet "anti-heroes" - and how they were blackmailed into becoming foot soldiers for the shadowy federal initiative known as Task Force X.

The events in "Suicide Squad" take place after the events in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." Task Force X director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) wants to set up a group of "meta-humans" to counter the next big threat to humanity. Why she decides known miscreants and psychopaths are mentally up to the task is one of the film's most glaring plot holes.

The "anti-heroes" Waller recruits are, in order of charisma, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Slipknot (Adam Beach).

In exchange for time off their sentences, the reluctant-to-be-reformed villains agree to do the government's dirty work under their field boss Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and his lieutenant, the deadly female samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Flagg's extra-dimensional girlfriend, the psychotic and spooky Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), triggers the Suicide Squad's first deployment.

Floating on the periphery of the film, but stealing every scene that he's in is the Joker played with nihilistic fury by Jared Leto. All the Joker wants to do is reunite with his lover and protege Harley Quinn and rule Gotham City. …

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