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RosieMeter: 17 % Wilted wilted-white

Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes

There is one extra scene about halfway through the credits

Review

The trailers for this film looked so darn good, I have to admit I was pretty excited to see it. I was expecting lots of bad boys and cut-throat girls commit heinous – yet humorous – acts of violence and sabotage. Perhaps I’ve seen too many Quentin Tarantino and Stanley Kubrick films because I was pretty disappointed in the lack of debauchery and dark humor.

I’m also a huge fan of writer/director David Ayer. Both End of Watch and Fury are extremely intense action films that left me breathless as they explored humanity’s gray area between good and evil. Suicide Squad had me scratching my head as I wondered what the litmus test was for evil in this version of Gotham.

Then there’s the Joker (Jared Leto). Of course, no one will ever match Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the same character in the Dark Knight films, but Leto’s Joker doesn’t make any jokes. I was pretty shocked.

Margot Robbie was delightful as the love-struck Harley Quinn, a highly intelligent woman who lost her moral compass when her bae shocked her brain with a few too many electric volts. I just wish she was allowed to do more.

Bottom line, I felt the movie was made for kids while it was marketed toward adults. However, I have no doubt fans of the comic book will thoroughly enjoy seeing their favorite bad guys and gal on the big screen.

Score Breakdown:

This group of anti-heroes are mostly men but there’s the scene-stealing Harley Quinn, the stern Amanda Waller and Deadshot’s daughter, Zoe (Shailyn Pierre-Dixon): 3 pts.

There is one female executive producer, Deborah Snyder.  2 pts.

The film isn’t really focused on telling women’s stories beyond the three characters mentioned above: 4 pts.

Quality of filmmaking / Entertainment value: 8 pts.

Does not pass the Bechdel/Wallace test: 0 pts.

RosieMeter: 17 % Wilted

 

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About Shanee Edwards

Shanee Edwards is a film critic, entertainment journalist and screenwriter.

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  1. Boy was I happy it was a mid credit scene and not an end credit scene. I wanted to get out of that cinema as soon as possible. It’s such a shame because there was definitely potential there, and some great characters. I really didn’t like how they tried to force the Joker/Harley story in there. There just wasn’t any use or space for it. Great review btw.

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