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Suicide Squad is an underwhelming mess

After the gloom of Batman V Superman1, David Ayer s Suicide Squad2 promised a breath of fresh air for the DC comics universe. Neon-lit and full of larger-than-life characters, the trailers suggested a blistering, deliriously inappropriate caper. The finished film certainly has its moments, but it never quite delivers that much fun. There are signs of hasty rewrites and hurried re-edits, as well as a deeply inappropriate attitude to its female characters, that undermine the very good work of Ayer’s cast and most fatally the fun times.

The Suicide Squad are a gang of super-criminals, forced to work for the government under Viola Davis formidable Amanda Waller on missions where deniability is useful. The film opens with, essentially, a montage of montages, explaining who these criminals are, how they got captured (a couple of Justice League superhero cameos help) and why they re going to work for Waller. Advertisement

We were promised a wacky, off-the-wall take on DC s baddest villains though of course they re really more antiheroes, outcasts and weirdoes than dyed-in-the-wool bad guys. The only exception is the Joker, now played by Jared Leto3 as a surpassingly creepy gangster poser. He s sinister, but not particularly central to the plot and the bad streak doesn t run nearly as deep in the characters carrying the movie. Will Smith4 s Deadshot is a deadly assassin, but he s humanised by his love for his daughter, while Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje s Killer Croc is as brutalised as he is brutal. Jai Courtney s better than he has ever been as the roguish, chaotic Captain Boomerang, the second major film character this year to make inappropriate use of a stuffed unicorn, but even he he doesn t seem outright evil. Unless you re a cuddly toy. embedded content

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But while Smith does half the heavy lifting, the film lives or dies on Margot Robbie5 s Harley Quinn, and that s a problem, because Ayers doesn t know what to do with her or any of his female cast. Robbie s incandescently hot, perfectly cast and absolutely brimming over with charisma, but Harley has no real story arc. The flashbacks meant to illuminate her backstory just offer excuses for sexualised violence that undermines her power, and her story just feels incoherent. OK, she s meant to be a lunatic, driven mad by her love for the Joker, so we perhaps can t expect steady emotional development for her but narratively you still need her story to build to its crescendo rather than having her big moment come out of precisely nowhere.

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Cara Delevingne6 s June Moone (seriously) / Enchantress also suffers from Ayers lack of care for female characters, as does Karen Fukuhara s cool but underused Katana. This fumbling of the female storylines is particularly bad when you consider that a male character who accidentally killed his wife and kids gets a huge redemptive arc, and when the film s biggest laugh goes to a scene of a woman being punched in the face.

But hey, there are funny quips and some decent action beats so perhaps that s what Ayers was focused on. If the plot is scrappy and the characters only half-developed, there s at least more colour, energy and life here than in the last DC outing this year, so that s something. One day, if this gang get in the habit of writing scripts before they shoot them, we could really be on to something.

References

  1. ^ Batman V Superman (www.gq-magazine.co.uk)
  2. ^ Suicide Squad (www.gq-magazine.co.uk)
  3. ^ Jared Leto (www.gq-magazine.co.uk)
  4. ^ Will Smith (www.gq-magazine.co.uk)
  5. ^ Margot Robbie (www.gq-magazine.co.uk)
  6. ^ Cara Delevingne (www.gq-magazine.co.uk)

Product Review: The Odin

Product Review: The Odin

We recently received the very aptly named The Odin dog toy from Up Dog Toys. Just like Odin the Norse god, The Odin could be considered the god off all dog toys! The Odin is able to disguise itself into any modern home without looking ghastly and out of place like some regular dog toys. It is modern sleek and cleverly designed in black rubber to stop it looking worn, even after being put through its paces by Dave our beautiful AFI Golden Retriever. As always, Dave was of course very keen to help out, especially as The Odin contained treats. As with all reviews we have scored The Odin on Pet score, Ease of use, Value for money, Design and Effectiveness.

Product Review: The Odin

Pet score: 5/5

Product Review: The Odin

Well, The Odin looks very different to the standard dog toy type, it is multifaceted and in a very stylish black rubber. Dave, our handsome product tester, did not care that The Odin wasn t colorful like regular dog toys OR that it was multifaceted. Dave however did care that The Odin contained treats and that when thrown (thanks to its many facet s) bounced sporadically making this very exciting for Dave. The Odin is able to release smaller treats as well as still holing the slightly larger ones making this more of a challenge to chew/shake them out. The geometric shape and random movement made The Odin fun and interesting, and to really mix it up you are able to connect them together keeping Dave well and truly entertained!

Ease of use: 5/5

Product Review: The Odin

Just like many other similar products, The Odin was very simple, pop the treats in the rubber holes and go! The holes on The Odin are all different sizes, therefore making play more interesting than just products of a similar nature.

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Effectiveness: 4/5

Product Review: The Odin

The Odin s effectiveness was demonstrated by the fact that Dave was chasing The Odin around for hours, jumping along with it and barking with glee! We found that using different sized treats it encouraged Dave to play more as the varying sized increased the entertainment.

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Value for money: 4/5

Product Review: The Odin

The Odin is currently retailed at a respectable ?24.00 US dollars (roughly 18.40) The Odin is strong, durable and is going to last a while by comparison to cheaper alternatives which in our opinion makes it worth the pennies. Only downside, is that it could get a little costly buying more than one to connect together.

Design: 5/5

Product Review: The Odin

The Odin is minimal and modern in design. It s geometric shape almost looks more like an art piece than a dog toy! The colour is great and helps to keep the toy looking fresh even after a good chew and slobber session! The holes of The Odin well designed being different sizes too keeping any dog stimulated for a lengthy amount of time. As The Odin doesn t look like an unsightly chewed up brightly coloured regular dog toy it is barely noticeable in most household settings making this a winner in our eyes! Happy dog and a happy home, perfect!

Conclusion: 9.2/10

In conclusion, we absolutely LOVE The Odin. We love the look of it, and the practicality of the design. This is one very well designed dog toy that has the perfect balance of chic for the home and entertaining for the dog! Dave adored The Odin! Dave s Daddy has informed us that Dave love s The Odin so much that he has hidden it in fear that it might be taken away (this is typical behavior for Dave s favorite toys) safe to say The Odin is a hit we just need to find it to add more treats!

Dave loved The Odin so much he wanted to write the review himself

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Product Review: The Odin

Jess Brooks1

Hello lovely readers, I am Jess! I am the proud owner of bunnies, Charlie and Carly. I have a love for all animals great and small! I will be giving you the low down on all the latest and greatest pet appliances I can get my hands on and hopefully getting you some fabulous deals and competitions along the way!

References

  1. ^ Jess Brooks (www.animalfriends.co.uk)
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