Before the third installment of DC’s Extended Universe opened in theaters August 5th, Suicide Squad was already being subject to critic scrutiny everywhere. But hardcore fans rallied up in arms behind the film, even though most of them hadn’t seen the film. Petitions were made to shut down Rotten Tomatoes, calling into judgement the rating system that had the film in with a rotten percentage that would be sure to hurt its overall performance at the box office.
As someone who has often used the site to determine whether spending money on a movie would be worth it, I suddenly found myself echoing people’s discomfort with the sites rating system. Maybe now I’ll just look up a film’s score if I’m not too excited about a movie, and leave the reviews alone for the ones I am truly waiting for. 🙂
The first half of the movie builds up these characters and explains some of their backstories with Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn as the most fleshed out. The rest of the squad are given brief introductions, just enough to understand the role of each character. The second half is where this movie suffers the most, mostly with a generic trope of superhero movies: villains wrecking havoc on the world. Fortunately, the unorthodox methods these characters use to deal with the situation help to keep the movie entertaining.
Jared Leto’s Joker is used as a subplot that deals with Harley Quinn. This incarnation of Mr. Jay is a new and innovative way of looking at the Prince of Crime, and one that works well in this situation. Although his presence is kept to a minimum, the knowledge that he is around amps up the sense of danger.
Suicide Squad is by no means a perfect movie (what movie is?), but it is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. It’s simple and straightforward narrative makes it easy for any moviegoer to understand and follow through.