This was the weekend comic nerds and superhero movie nerds have long been waiting for. The first team of DC super-villains teamed up in the first-ever Suicide Squad movie to rake in $146.8 million, including $13.1 million on Monday. Considering the movie is projected to hit the $300 million domestic mark - a success in the industry - why are so many critics giving the movie such lackluster reviews?
Vanity Fair called the movie “bad, ugly and boring”, and the movie also received a scathing on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 26% approval rating.
The outpouring of negativity on Rotten Tomatoes caused a massive uprising against the website, with some DC movie fans so infuriated they filed a Change.org petition against the review site to shut it down. In total, 22,305 people signed the petition before it closed.
The critics are wrong in my view. In fact, Native Nerd news alert: the critics are completely wrong. Suicide Squad is spectacular! I had a blast watching it and felt myself deliciously rooting for the bad guys.
I wish Adam Beach had a bigger role in the movie, but I was thrilled to see him reach the heights of acting in this massively-budgeted DC franchise. He is a true hero to Native people and to see him in such a flick should make anyone proud!
Adam Beach as Slipknot in Suicide Squad - Warner Bros / DC Comics
As for the bad reviews, I don’t get what there is to complain about. Admittedly, DC’s Batman vs. Superman wasn’t great and DC has had a bit of a struggle in keeping up the Marvel movies. But Suicide Squad was a thrilling and fun ride from the get-go.
It was great to see a diverse cast with a range of talents. Diablo’s (Jay Hernandez) fire powers were especially appealing as was Deadshot’s (Will Smith) ability to be lethal from 4,000 meters with any weapon that fires a projectile. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) was hilarious and Jared Leto as the Joker was magnificent splendor.
Suicide Squad was a blast. I loved the mixture of backgrounds, evil talents and humanity of the characters who cared about their families and ultimately about each other. I enjoyed the sense that anyone actually could die and left me on the proverbial edge wondering who might not be there the next moment - many large budget movies don’t take such risk, for example: I am never in fear that Batman might die in a Batman movie.
So overall, bad critics can fade into obscurity as I go to see this movie again. I hope you might join me in having a good time.
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