Jeff York tackles “Suicide Squad” as the host of the “Page 2 Screen” podcast for the International Screenwriters’ Association


If you thought Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice had story problems and seemed like it was made by people who didn’t know the properties they were adapting, wait till you get a load of Suicide Squad. This superhero movie about a group of bad-ass villains on a dangerous mission to save the world may have had eager fans lined up to see it opening weekend, but what they saw was super disappointing.

This actioner should have been a fun and nasty romp, but it’s a hodge-podge of too many characters, too much story, and too few laughs. It wanted to be DC’s answer to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy but it’s woefully lacking in wit and exciting set-pieces. Will Smith, Viola Davis and Jared Leto are among those stranded in this hot mess written and directed by David Ayer. Warner Bros. certainly knows how to adapt DC titles for the small screen, but this big budgeted movie arrived in Cineplex’s DOA.


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