Suicide Squad is out, and the reviews are not kind. It is fair to say that David Ayer’s script has problems, but the level of vitriol aimed at the movie is ridiculous. Just as political correctness inflated the positive reviews awarded to Ghostbusters, the same mentality allows critics to unjustly savage of movie like Suicide Squad.

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12 comments

  1. Yeah, a lot of the reviewers were pretty quick to throw out the “sexist” card. I just don’t think it looks very good, and according to the few honest reviews I’ve read, it’s sloppy and incoherent and should’ve had someone edit the script before okaying it.

    1. “Yeah, a lot of the reviewers were pretty quick to throw out the ‘sexist’ card. I just don’t think it looks very good, and according to the few honest reviews I’ve read, it’s sloppy and incoherent and should’ve had someone edit the script before okaying it.”

      I think the film would have been better if they were assigned to take down some mysterious crime boss…who turned out to be the Joker. Jared Leto basically plays the “Scarface” version of Joker, so it would have made sense. And then when Harley Quinn figured out who they were going up against she would have obviously switched sides and anything could happen. Batman could show up during the climax and everyone would be happy.

      My point is this: They had this supernatural villain that was just too over-the-top, and the team’s solution for saving the day could have been accomplished by any special operations team.

      Regardless, it annoys me to see Ghostbusters with an overwhelmingly positive scorecard by critics while Suicide Squad is in the total dumps over at Rotten Tomatoes. It’s messy, but it’s not that bad.

  2. Saw it yesterday, and I didn’t at first believe there was some kind of media agenda against this movie, but now I’m starting to wonder.

    Folks, it really is not that bad of a movie. In fact, it’s kind of fun. I thought Batman v Superman was far worse.

    A writer in the Washington Post has called SS “the worst movie of 2016”, which I think is extremely ridiculous hyperbole. Not sure what people’s insane bias against this film or DC is.

    1. “Saw it yesterday, and I didn’t at first believe there was some kind of media agenda against this movie, but now I’m starting to wonder.”

      Check out the links I shared after Googling “Trump Suicide Squad” after Ken commented. Hmmm…

  3. Google “Trump Suicide Squad” and watch what happens.

    Coincidence that the film is receiving all these negative reviews, including being hailed the Worst Film of the Year?

    I think not.

    What tipped me off, in reading the early reviews, were the blatant critical remarks connecting this film to the “current political climate” and “a certain hate-spewing political candidate”. In fact, at least one review mentioned Trump by name.

    1. “Google “Trump Suicide Squad” and watch what happens.”

      Entertainment Weekly: Suicide Squad executive producer part of Donald Trump’s fundraising campaign

      Huffington Post: ‘Suicide Squad’ Made Its Bed With A Key Donald Trump Supporter

      The Wrap: Vulgar, Mean and Sexist: 6 Ways ‘Suicide Squad’ Is the Donald Trump of Superhero Movies

      And on…and on. Interesting. The plot thickens… Thanks for sharing this, Ken!

      So now we have MTV, Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and The Wrap (just to name a few prominent websites), all getting weirdly political in their reviews/response to Suicide Squad.

      Again, I’m not saying the movie is flawless. I’m just saying that the level of hate thrown at this movie is not warranted. Now we’re starting to see what’s really going on…

  4. Well RLM posted their review (they ironically said it was more PC than most films). In the general I think they’re pretty right.

    Biggest thing (without watching your review yet) is: I told you so. 😉

    I told you that Joker would drag down the movie. I know the internet will lynch me (because she’s so hot right now) but Harley Quinn (and by consequence the attached Joker) SHOULD have been completely removed from the movie, it would have been much improved by allowing more time for the other characters that are relevant to the plot as well as more time to the plot itself.

    DC really needs to get its editors under control, I’m about to offer to edit every one of their movies for free if they keep this up (really tempted to recut Man of Steel to show how much better it could have been).

    (Oh and I looked it up just to be sure, and Enchantress in this movie is a bit more like Eclipso from the comics – which the real Enchantress fought a time or two.)

    1. “Well RLM posted their review (they ironically said it was more PC than most films).”

      The dude from RLM also said he liked the last 30 minutes of the movie, which was a complete mess. It was almost as bad as X:Men Origins: Wolverine in terms of producers saying, “Hey, let’s just drop tens-of-millions of dollars into pointless VFX.” (I only jumped around the review, so I missed the part where he talks about it being PC. It depends on what you consider “PC,” but I didn’t get the feeling that anything was being shoved down the audience’s throat.)

      “I told you that Joker would drag down the movie.”

      It’s more like his part of the movie was pointless. I would have been okay with him being in there if the ending wasn’t so bad.

      “I know the internet will lynch me (because she’s so hot right now) but Harley Quinn (and by consequence the attached Joker) SHOULD have been completely removed from the movie, it would have been much improved by allowing more time for the other characters that are relevant to the plot as well as more time to the plot itself.”

      I disagree. Margot Robbie and Will Smith were the best things about the movie. They will get butts in the seats because they have star power. “Boomerang”…not so much. Although, truthfully, the limited screen time he had was pretty funny.

    2. They will get butts in the seats because they have star power.

      Yeah, I know exactly why they invested so much with her in the movie but ultimately no more is done with her than Boomerang save that she gets more, funnier lines. But like RLM points out, what is Harley and Boomerang supposed to do against Zod? The others, even Deadshot, seem slightly more useful.

      Oh, and what about our previous discussion about this vs “Assault on Arkham”? 😉

      BTW, RLM’s talk about PC starts around 16:15 (they start talking about punching women). I think you’ll like how they hit at it.

    3. “But like RLM points out, what is Harley and Boomerang supposed to do against Zod?”

      Agreed. That’s why I think the villain was the wrong choice. Making matters worse is that a.) they just needed a bomb to take the dude out (Do ICBMs not exist in the DC Cinematic Universe? Heh.), and b.) literally any special operations forces could have accomplished the task.

      “BTW, RLM’s talk about PC starts around 16:15 (they start talking about punching women). I think you’ll like how they hit at it.”

      The one RLM guy said he was disturbed that a woman was punched in the face. Why? He wanted that to be PC, but it wasn’t…

      I agree that the cast was diverse, but nothing was shoved in the audience’s face like, “Look how diverse we are!” It just happened to be diverse and no one made a big deal out of it. Thank goodness. That’s the way it should be.

  5. I thought the most well realised character was El Diblo, he had a clear path you could follow right through to what was a satisfactory and heroic conclusion to what had been a tragic arc for him.

  6. It interested me to read DEADLINE:HOLLYWOOD, in which their two editors both comment how SS’s financial success shows that movie reviewers are irrelevant today. Nothing more than an aggregated droplet in the Rotten Tomatoes ocean, and even that won’t determine anything.

    I suggest this is because today’s movie critics barely know anything about film-making, don’t like popular tastes, and use their columns as platforms to push their own ideas, because it’s so boring to just tell people what a new movie was like.

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