Suicide Squad: Special Edition

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Though it may sound like damning with faint praise to call this edit of Suicide Squad "astonishly coherent," anyone who has seen the original cut will know that Wakeupkeo has worked a bonafide miracle by forcing this movie into somehow ACTUALLY MAKING SENSE. The editing on the original film is some of the worst I've ever seen, introducing over a dozen characters while ping-ponging around in time and space, and asking the audience to buy into all the magic, super-science and political paranoia of a half-baked grim-and-gritty superhero cinematic universe. The beloved Suicide Squad comic worked and was subversive because it was built on the foundation of nearly 50 years of superhero tropes and back story and continuity. The film adaptation was working from a couple of bleak Superman movies that established a tiny corner of what is apparently a world filled-to-overflowing with superpowered beings, most of whom are psychotic (and not just the bad guys).

Original sins of the concept aside, Keo has worked a great deal of magic with the flow of the movie, and while certain aspects of the Flagg/Enchantress storyline are unavoidably tied to jerky time-jumps, so much of the movie has been streamlined that it is possible to discover anew the virtues of the film, from inventive villain effects, to clever sequences, to some surprisingly deft and fun characterization. Thanks to some very canny subtitle-tweaking, the film even manages to fulfill an important plot function within the larger DCEU.

My only real complaint about the edit itself (and one I'm surprised to be making) is the lack of Jared Leto's Joker. While I'm glad that his annoying and derivative characterization of "Mr. J" has been shortened and largely relegated to Harley's mercifully brief flashbacks, his quest to track down Harley seems interspersed with the main narrative in a slightly haphazard way and felt like it needed a bit more massaging to pay off properly when Joker tracks her down. As it stands, I don't recall it being completely clear what Joker's goal even is until Harley starts getting texts from him.

In all though, one of the worst superhero films of the century has been rescued to a form that is remarkably enjoyable, occasionally moving and certainly sits well alongside one's DCEU fanedits of choice, not to mention the excellent James Gunn follow-up.

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First of all big thanks for Wakeupkeo for bringing also this movie from the DC to us in a way less bad version! :)
However the "bad guys" in the original movie material are so bad, it's almost impossible to fix. The dark witch-side of the enchantress is really made well, but has too little time and influence in the movie and too little part of the story, but the version were Cara Delevingne is clearly visibly playing her never worked for me, since we all know why she was hired for the role and it's not because of her good acting. Also that her brother is purely CGI during the important parts makes for 2 really un-compelling villains for our team to be a threat.

Otherwise all the other characters were portrayed way more interestingly in this version, I can gladly say. If there were better villains (with a better role than standing half of the movie with the back in the camera waving at the sky at a CGI cloud *smg*) this could have been a really cool flic for the DC series. Of course, this is not Wakeupkeo 's fault whatsoever since I don't know if cutting more out of the bad guy scenes would diminish the entire story. I just wished there was a way to hide more of the weaknesses of the villains is what I am trying to say.

In the edit itself, the only thing that took me out of it was the subtitles of the newly edited translations. I think the words are chosen well but the style of the subs totally does not fit to the movie, it looks like someone edited it in with her/his personal subtitle style, but it's clear that it was never part of the real movie. This is the only time I ever saw something like this in a fanedit, that a hardcoded subtitle looks like it does no belong,

But besides these two things I enjoyed the rest very well, so the potential is always there with Wakeupkeo, which makes me excited to watch even more of his edits :)

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I actually didn't mind the theatrical and the expanded editions of Suicide Squad. This edit greatly improved the story and the emphasis on the character development. The action was tight and the pacing also greatly improved. Bravo. You made a bad, but enjoyable, film even better.

I only wish there had been a way to circumvent the Enchantress story line, but I think you did a fine job of de-emphasizing the romance, and reducing the amount of chicken that Stagg was eating (LOL).

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This is a good fanedit of what is on all accounts a pretty bad film, but this fanedit makes it a lot better.

The film in this form is coherent and has a pretty nice flow narratively compared to the absolute minefield of the theatrical cut.

One thing this edit does highlight is how much the original relied on style over substance. The plot in this streamlined version is as basic as they come, and this maybe highlights that the material isn't there to warrant these characters being "friends" by the end of the film. Which is more a comment on the original than this fan edit.

The editing is never noticeable which is obviously the main aim with a project like this, but some segments do seem a little rushed. The Joker is in this even less than the theatrical (not a bad thing necessarily) but it does almost feel strange to have such a big hitter of the DC world have such limited screen time, but again I feel this is more a comment of the film than this edit. The Joker didn't really have a role in the film outside of flashbacks and they were distracting to the plot. So overall I get the decision to trim him out as much as possible.

So hats off to the editor. They definitely achieve their goal of making a bad film better. I actually felt like I liked the leads by the end of this edit, which is more than can be said for the original. So yeah, the editor has successfully made the film focus on Deadshot, Harley and Flag and this is the main improvement. There is actually some focus to this movie, compared to the jumbled mess that was released.

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Wakeupkeo says they make bad movies less bad, and that statement couldn't be truer about Suicide Squad. The theatrical version of Suicide Squad is a disaster, filled with bad jokes and horrendous editing. Wakeupkeo edit fixes all of those problems and also ties the film in with the wider DCEU by changing the dialogue between The Enchantress and her brother. The audio and video quality were great in my opinion and I saw no issues with the editing. The changes in this edit improve the film's narrative tremendously and to say I enjoyed this more than the theatrical cut would be an understatement. In short, I recommend this edit highly to see a terrible film become better.

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