Boy, where has the summer gone? School starts back up soon, and there hasn’t been one huge standout movie of the year yet. After Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad gave DC a second chance to take over the box office, fans, and the critics. Suicide Squad was a paint by the number action flick, but it was chaotic enough to make it work.
From a narrative standpoint, Suicide Squad was a mess. Earlier this year, I witnessed the exact same plot a handful of times. The plot should be at the center, and the characters should drive the plot forward. Suicide Squad did expand upon their characters by giving them quick origin stories via flashbacks. Director, David Ayer, most likely chose this style to give some insight on why they were chosen for the team. Giving minute long introductions effectively set up the squad without wasting a ton of time.
On the other hand, this was the most fun I had at the movies all summer. Its colorful cast of characters all need their own spin-offs. As much as I loved the cast, I felt like it was overcrowded at times and should have had fewer members on the squad. This would’ve given more time with each of the characters, and as a result, we would’ve gotten a chance to get to know them better.
This was the first movie in years where Will Smith hadn’t phoned it in for the paycheck. Of course, queen Margot Robbie was going to be a fan favorite. She’s freaking Harley Quinn! These two bounced back and forth with the “main character” role in Suicide Squad, though they didn’t have equal screen time.
For the other members of the Suicide Squad, they needed to be featured more or not at all. El Diablo and Katana were the standouts for me and deserved extra screen time. There is so much DC can do with Katana, and they better not waste her. The two members of the squad that really served no purpose were Captain Boomerang and Slipknot. This was Jai Courtney’s best performance since Spartacus. (Flashbacks to Terminator Genisys.) Slipknot had the skills of a boy scout, and Boomerang robbed every bank in Australia. That’s all you need to know about them. Rick Flag didn’t serve a purpose, and you still could have had a movie without his weird Texas accent. Killer Croc looked amazing, but again, he was a wasted character.
Viola Davis can do no wrong, and she always gives an Oscar worthy performance. I wanted her to be the villain of the movie. Instead, we got Delevingne and her eyebrows. Delevingne’s acting has gotten better since I last saw her, but she still needs a lot of practice if she wants big roles like this.
Finally, we have the Joker himself: Jared Leto. From all the interviews and press it seemed like the Joker was going to be in it a lot more than 7 minutes. I really like how they blended every version of the Joker we’ve already seen into one psychopath. I think they nailed the Joker and Harley Quinn’s messed up relationship, and I need more of it. Leto did a fantastic job and complemented Ben Affleck’s Batman.
Sometimes the music was overbearing in scenes. The first act was almost like a music video. This was prominently featured in the squad’s introductions. Also, the music was almost always on the nose, such as when the squad was brought together and Seven Nation Army was playing. Songs that were written for the film, including Purple Lamborghini, Sucker For Pain, and Heathens, fit in much better.
I’m not going to lie to you; I had a lot of fun with Suicide Squad. The cast had chemistry, and everyone pulled their own weight. My problem is that it had the same note by note action that I’ve already seen. With Wonder Woman and Justice League coming out next year, there is still hope for DC.
Suicide Squad was a hodgepodge of so many different things, and it worked. Brunch is the only time of day when you can have pancakes and salad at the same time without being judged! So why don’t we combine these two ideas into one sandwich?
Spicy Chicken and Waffles Sandwich
- ½ cup waffle mix
- ⅓ cup water
- 1/3 cup of shredded cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1 teaspoon basil
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- Cooking spray
- 1 cooked diced chicken breast (4 oz)
- 2 teaspoon sriracha
- Preheat waffle maker. In a medium bowl, combine waffle mix with water, cheese, garlic, basil, and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup.
- Once heated, prime waffle maker with cooking spray and pour in batter.
- While this is cooking, add together diced chicken, maple syrup, and sriracha in a small bowl and set to the side.
- After the waffle is cooked, remove and place to the side.
- Cut the waffle in half and place the chicken on one of the halves. Then top it off with the second half of the waffle.