It’s no secret that Rotten Tomatoes gave Suicide Squad a very low rating. As I write this, it has dipped to 26-percent.
Metacritic has been kinder—it gave a score of 40 (out of 100) from the critics, and averages a 6.8 (out of 10) among site users.
The friends on my feed who are big fans of DC and the DC heroes and anti-heroes would begin posts on the movie in basically the same way: “I don’t get why the critics didn’t like it…”
This is where I reach for my tissue box and weep—I felt awful actually siding with the critics, like it didn’t make me a “fan.” But hey, who lined for eight hours taking shifts to get into Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con? (Me).
I also felt awful thinking—do I have to argue on the Internet/Facebook? No one wants to do that. That’s no fun. Worse, I’d be arguing with my friends.
I guess my main disappointment (of which there are few) was the villain. I felt, if you wanted to assemble all these bad guys, to do serious damage, you would want to see them unleash their inner darkness on some pretty horrible individuals. I don’t know—people who torture innocent children? Nazis? Cold-hearted terrorists?
Instead we get a witch, her brother who pops out of nowhere and their blackberry zombie minions. I am so sorry fan friends but I have to agree with The Guardian on that point.
A lot of people I talked to said they were very afraid of Enchantress. And I guess this can all get very subjective (If things we are afraid of), but I found her reminiscent of Akasha in The Vampire Lestat. Clad in black though instead of gold. I also thought of her as the chick I would want to befriend if it were the ‘90s and I was at goth club. But again, that’s just me.
On that note however, there’s really a split. There were a lot of people who felt she was scary enough and there were people like me who didn’t feel any fear with her presence.
After that, there are issues on character development, whether the Joker had too much or too little screen time; was he menacing or comical? There’s also wondering which direction the movie is taking—does it want to be irreverent like Deadpool? Dark like Batman? Clever like Guardians of the Galaxy? Maybe it wanted to be it’s own thing.
Then there’s Harley Quinn and the Joker. While some people hastagged their love story with #relationshipgoals, we also see the Joker using her crush on him as an opportunity to fry her brain and turn her into his thrall. Though of course this is more a feminist issue than something which decides whether a film is good or bad (Google The Odyssey Online’s article for a more in depth look at the Harley-Joker relationship).
The best thing about the film? Margot Robbie who plays Harley. She basically just lights up the screen. She’s a star.