Thursday, December 22, 2016

Suicide Squad: Extended Cut

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Suicide Squad:  Extended Cut – 3 out of 5

Suicide Squad was far from a perfect film.  It had a lot of problems accompanying it but, with that being said, I still enjoyed it.  Hell, I enjoyed it enough to purchase it on Blu-Ray with the Extended Cut.  Similar to other comic book films that released alternate edits into the home media department, I watched it and decided to see if it improves on the theatrical release or if it’s just a marketing gimmick to sell discs and digital downloads.  So, does Suicide Squad:  Extended Cut rank as amazing as X-Men:  Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut or did I find it just “meh” like I did with Batman v Superman:  The Ultimate Edition?

Judging by Viola Davis' comments about the antics on set, I don't think her
"I'm in no mood for this crap" face isn't really acting.

Alright, time for the usual synoptic rundown…

"Is that a quarter I see on the ground over there?"

He really didn't need to say "Welcome to Earth" with
every single shot he fired.
Due to metahumans, aliens, and god-like woman starting to show up in the world, the government decides they are going to use the worst of the worst to do their bidding and handle the jobs they don’t want to deal out to decent soldiers.  People they don’t care if they live or die—a squad of expendables if you will.  They should call them:  The Expendables!  Wait, that’s taken.  How about Suicide Squad, instead?  That’s better.  Anyway, government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) assembles the hitman who never misses; Deadshot (Will Smith), the Joker’s girlfriend and former psychiatrist; Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the robba from down unda who loves boomerangs; Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), a former gang-banger with a fiery personality; Diablo (Jay Hernandez), a scaly monster with a taste for human flesh; Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a woman inhabited by an ancient witch; Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), and a dude who is really good with rope; Slipknot (Adam Beach).  Lead by Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and his bodyguard Katana (Karen Fukuhara), the team must infiltrate a city being held hostage by supernatural forces and a member of the team that betrayed them.

No Spoilers but take a wild fucking guess who betrays them.
That's right, Slipknot did with his mastery of the knot!

With how great the makeup was for Killer Croc,
he really should have had A LOT more scenes.
What a tragic waste.
Overall, I really didn’t find that much different about the Extended Cut of this film that makes it more watchable than the Theatrical Cut.  Sure, there is a few times where some plot points get a little more explanation, some characters who felt like they were forgotten in the theatrical version (like Killer Croc and Katana) end up getting a few more moments of screen time, and they better develop the team’s desire to not be forced into this whole mess and, in turn, creates for a slightly better reason for why they ultimately decide to go with the flow and help but, in the end, these moments are very few and often fleeting.  One major change in this edit of the film, however, completely changes the relationship between The Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn.

Remember when all those memes were being shared about how there was
going to be a Harley-caust during Halloween 2016 and there would be too
many girls dressing up as Harley?  Yeah, I still don't understand what the
problem was.  I'm okay drowning in a sea of Harleys.

In the Theatrical Cut of the movie, there seemed to be a real connection between the two and it felt like Joker truly loved Harley.  Aside from his desire to rescue her, in the backstory crafted for the film we see that Harley openly chooses to take the Joker’s path and he welcomes her with open and crazy arms.  This edit of the film instead shows a love-struck Harley that is desperate to get the attention of a man who doesn’t want her and The Joker looks more annoyed to have her around after he got what he wanted from her—essentially capturing a small essence of how their relationship was in the comics.  This ended up creating a conflict of logic as their relationship doesn’t make much sense and Joker’s reasoning for wanting to break her out of her forced servitude.  In the flashbacks, we see a guy who can’t stand her, then suddenly wants her, then leaves her to be captured by Batman and then wants to save her again.  It’s a strange back-and-forth that is reminiscent of how they are in the books and fits in theory with how The Joker just uses her for his own means but, in this edit of the film, it is handled fairly poorly and has no flow to their progression.  The Theatrical Cut flowed far, far better.

With such a lifeless and uninspired performance, one
might think Leto took the role just to do stupid
shit in the name of "method acting."

I really need to praise of Jay Hernandez as Diablo.
He was damn impressive.
Aside from these small, relatively minor changes, everything else about the film remains the same.  The first half of the film is exponentially better than the clumsy second half, the special effects are pretty weak, I still found Jared Leto’s portrayal of The Joker to be way too flat and bland (especially when it concerns justifying his stupid on-set antics), and the film handles development extremely poorly.  However, a majority of the cast is still great, it flows so much better than Batman v Superman (which says a lot because this one has a tendency to lose momentum quickly and often), and there are some genuinely fun and amusing moments that help the film’s entertainment factor.

At least Batman got to be in one somewhat decent movie this year.

The Extended Cut could have probably scored higher
if it gave at least 10% more Captain Boomerang.
Is the Extended Cut worth it and does it improve on the Theatrical Cut?  Yes and no.  The good parts are too short to really hold an impact to make it an improvement and the bad parts are so sloppy that any steps made in the right direction are instantly eradicated.  While some characters I like get more screen time and some plot points are developed better, I have to say that this version of Suicide Squad feels more like a way to sell Blu-Rays and not really like something that screams “original artistic vision.”  It’s not as horrible as some alternate cuts have the potential to be but it’s nowhere near memorable enough to really be that interesting.

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