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Expectations from Suicide Squad were never sky-high. For one, there was the highly under-achieving Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. And also because the filmmakers were never aiming for a be-all-end-all superhero movie. On the contrary. Suicide Squad was made to break the mould, to do something different, to shake things up.
And shake things up, it does.
The film's aim -- unlike most superhero movies -- is to humanise, even glorify the villains. It wants to sink its teeth deep into the psyches of the sociopaths, psychopaths and the possessed. And to make matters more interesting, they aren't shown to fight the real heroes (the honourable, the powerful, the loved)--but here their true enemy is manipulative humans.
So here's what happens in a gist: Paranoid and shifty humans assemble a team of evil people and try to use them to their advantage. Of course, it blows up in their faces and the evil people -- the bad guys -- end up cleaning their mess, and retrieving some of their lost dignity.
Learning from the overly self-serious tone of the Batman vs Superman (and the success of Marvel movies), the filmmakers have done themselves a huge favour by injecting some humour into the equation. While the plot is still as unreliable as BvS, but things feel better here, partially because of the gonzo nature of its subjects.
There are several moments, of course, when you'd feel why didn't the filmmakers apply some restraint. That wouldn't have only helped them create a more unified film, but in my view that would have helped us viewers to relish all the madness even more.
(A curious thought: why do studios stress on making shorter films with action and noise filled to the brim? Wouldn't a longer, better-paced film be better for everyone?)
Suicide Squad is a film that doesn't shock us or move us. It doesn't even challenge the preset notions in the superhero genre it intended to break. But the film does just enough to keep us hooked, largely because it ticks off one very important thing it set out to do: To make us viewers feel entertained.