Suicide Squad, 2016 – ★★½

There are several moments of action and every so often it’s poignant, fun, and touching (almost all gravitas resting on Will Smith’s shoulders) but it’s inescapably jam-packed with poorly written dialogue, pointless events, and neck-breaking shifts in tone.

It also comes across with far more confidence in itself that the content deserves – characters are more than once visibly impressed by other characters’ (basic action hero) abilities on behalf of the audience, in slow-motion, even though they’re all supposed to be amazing bad-ass loner desperado super heroes. It’s littered with moments of faux-awe that take you out of the moment and patronise you into wincing at its telegraphed efforts.

Still, at least they got all of the characters totally spot on, right?

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