Suicide Squad: Special Edition

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First of all, I want to clarify that the "enjoyment" factor has nothing to do with the editor. His work is fantastic, but the source is not. I just rate my actual enjoyment watching the film for what it is. For the original it was like 4-5.
I watched the theatrical release in cinemas, then the extended edition when it came out and then I gave up on this film. Thankfully we got a great second one, so no big deal, but still, if we could save this one, why not! So I gave it a (Dead)shot.

Visual and audio editing was excellent, I couldn't find a single moment betraying that something was tampered with, so well done!
Quality was also on par with the editing, so nothing to add here as well.

Now for the juicy part, the narrative. In general I really liked the editor's take on how things should unfold, with presenting the characters at the beggining, reducing the Enchantress' and Joker's screentime, and I also found extremely smart the detail he added on the subtitles of the Enchantress, connecting the movie, through that beacon bs at the end, with the DCEU. Granted it's just a mind trick for the viewer, but ingenious in its simplicity!

That said, the presentation of the characters at the beggining felt kind of off because of exactly that, it was a simple, dry presentation. It wasn't accompanied with an upbeat, "rock n' roll" cinematography (as we have in later moments) to make it feel at home! But obviously, that is not the editor's fault, he worked with what he had.
Also, the scene where we see the Joker's hands at the dirty cop and it cuts off, I found it a little quick. I'm not sure if it was the right call to cut Joker's dialogue completely.
Lastly, although we see at the beggining Flag hand picking the Suicide Squad, we have a scene soon after where he confronts Waller about using a group of criminals and I found it really out of place, since I also don't think they say something crucial to the plot, so it could be edited out completely.

Overall great edit, but it felt like two hours although it was only a little more the one and a half, which again is an upgrade from the original version! Still I could see myself watching this in a DCEU marathon and I surely recommend for everyone to check it out! If you found the original ok, which I didn't, then you will love this!

Thank you Wakeupkeo!

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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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