Suicide Squad, the highly anticipated follow up to the DCCU’s Batman v. Superman movie premiered yesterday and there are some seriously polarising views. Critics are savage in their criticisms, and you’ve also got diehard fanboys defending the movie with their dying breaths. Personally, I haven’t watched the movie yet (that comes tomorrow, where Jeremy and I will give you our take on it) but let’s see what the wider web has to say about this.
Vanity Fair sharpened their knives and really brought the movie to their knees, writing a searing commentary on the movie as a whole. While you can read the full review on their site, here’s a choice excerpt:
“It’s ugly and boring, a toxic combination that means the film’s highly fetishized violence doesn’t even have the exciting tingle of the wicked or the taboo. (Oh, how the movie wants to be both of those things.) It’s simply a dull chore steeped in flaccid machismo, a shapeless, poorly edited trudge that adds some mildly appalling sexism and even a soupçon of racism to its abundant, hideously timed gun worship.”
Word for word, guys. The rest of the review is just as scathing. The next review comes straight off the Variety website, and this is the memorable quote:
“He’s beholden to the corporate vision of other recent DC adaptations, most notably Zack Snyder’s sleek-surfaced and oppressively self-serious riffs on the Superman legend. While it would have been amazing to see the director […] push his own nothing-to-lose anarchic boundaries, he’s ultimately forced to conform to Snyder’s style, to the extent that “Suicide Squad” ends up feeling more like the exec producer’s gonzo effects-saturated “Sucker Punch.”
Rolling Stone didn’t pull their punches either, giving the movie a one star review. Other than describing the film as “limp-dick”, they were disappointed that the movie compromises hardcore action “for a PG-13 crowd pleaser.” Their final summation hits even harder with the quote being “This botch job makes Fantastic Four look good”, and at that point you can’t really go any lower.
Tony Hicks from The Mercury News adds a little lightness to the withering criticism critics have been laying down, saying that he “enjoyed Will Smith playing Will Smith playing Deadshot; he gives “Suicide Squad” some much-needed focus. The other thing I really appreciated was Margot Robbie, whose unhinged portrayal of Harley Quinn was every bit as magnetically fun as the trailers promised.” However, he also follows up with how “the whole bunch adds up to something akin to The Dirty Dozen with better makeup.”
comingsoon.net’s Alan Cerny also adds his two cents with how “Batman v Superman failed in a lot of ways in that respect, but Suicide Squad doesn’t… Zack Synder has an intrinsic misunderstanding of these characters …David Ayer, although sloppy at times, understands. Suicide Squad isn’t pretty, isn’t elegant, and not very graceful, but it gets the job done, and that makes all the difference. “
Victoria from FilmsInReview brings a positive point of view on Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker, saying that “Leto’s Joker is his own and if he keeps dangerous and masculine and not fall into a Johnny Depp caricature of the role, his will be the uniquely sexual Joker.”
But now, enough about the critics. Let’s see what the fans have to say about the movie. To start off, there was a full-on rant which was too long to transcribe, so you can read it here. All the quotes were pulled off of Rotten Tomatoes, and here we go:
- “It was awesome the critics who did not like it are too stupid to understand it” – Andrew F
- “I did not expect DC to pull this off. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot, and especially Jared Leto’s take on the Joker were spectacular”
- “F*ck all the critics the movie isn’t for you, it’s for fans” – Die C.
- “It’s got a nice coat of paint on it, but it’s core is rotten” – Chris M
- “Good performances by most of the cast, funny at times, and well filmed action doesn’t make up for the convoluted story, too many characters, and terrible writing. Think of everything Batman v Superman was but with the negatives of Age of Ultron” – ckman1212
- “Worst movie I’ve seen in my life sad that I’m gonna die in a few days because of my cancer and the most recent movie is this shit not worth it” – all4wheels21gmailcom
And with that, we wrap up our meta-review of Suicide Squad. Stay tuned, because within the week – Jeremy and I will have our take on it. If you’ve watched it, did you love it? Hate it? Are you excited?