Suicide Squad

This movie was incredibly poorly reviewed, and was widely considered a piece of shit—although it cleaned up at the box office. It was the victim of the a late-production revision post-Batman v Superman, once Warner Brothers realized that people don’t want their superhero world to be dark and depressing and devoid of any joy, and got a bad rap for having extensive reshoot and re-edits late in the game. Then it came out to godawful reviews, and currently holds a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Thing is, I think the critics got it way wrong. I’m not going to defend the filmmaking or script as particularly wonderful—or much worse than any number of other pieces of garbage that somehow escape such damnation—but the one big thing I think the critics missed the boat on is: it’s FUN. It’s a big, loud, colorful and obnoxious good time and it moves along at a clip and leaves you with a smile on your face. And there’s a lot to be said for that.

I can see where comics fans who care about these characters might find it a travesty, but the majority of people who make a blockbuster a hit don’t actually read comic books or care much except anything about having a good time. And honestly, the characters and relationships in this film stuck in my head much longer than anything in the wretched Batman v Superman.

There are now a lot of outlets generating a lot of content on genre movies now, and having hour-long dissections of any small superhero or sci-fi film (or trailer), and maybe all that talk, just like in the rest of the media, blows small issues out of proportion and creates the illusion of “issues” where none exist, but I think it’s worth remembering that there’s nothing wrong with going to the movies being fun, and a movie doing nothing but—in this case, quite successfully—showing audiences a good time.


2 thoughts on “Suicide Squad

  1. That’s kind of what I noticed about the first Avengers movie–that it didn’t seem to give two shits about being part of a continuing story and was just, y’know, a GOOD MOVIE on its own. And every Marvel movie since then has been buried under the weight of ponderous narrative, needing to have Serious Thoughts About The Story, even though it ultimately always comes down to “find the bad guy and punch him until he stops”.

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    • I think it suits the corporate mandate to sell the importance of following all of the interrelated threads, so that people will feel compelled to see all of the movies in order to be “in the know.” I think it also pays off for the studio to sell all this stuff as “important,” a “cultural event,” because just having fun at the movies is not enough…

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