Critics finally were able to weigh in on the highly anticipated “Suicide Squand” things aren’t looking good for Warner Bros. summer blockbuster.
The movie currently has a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is getting universally panned.
Here’s a quick roundup of Suicide Squad’s terrible reviews
“Just when you think the summer movie season can’t get any worse, along come the ‘Worst. Heroes. Ever.’ And while the film’s official tagline is selling its stars a little bit short (surely last year’s incarnation of The Fantastic Four still holds that dubious distinction), the mundane, milquetoast, and often mind-bogglingly stupid Suicide Squad almost makes good on the threat of its marketing campaign
Suicide Squad” never has the courage of its convictions — it doesn’t own anything. At best, Ayer rents some pre-existing pop iconography and charges us $15 to watch him take it around the block for a spin. Forget the “Worst. Heroes. Ever.” These guys don’t even know how to be bad.
Suicide Squad is bad. Not fun bad. Not redeemable bad. Not the kind of bad that is the unfortunate result of artists honorably striving for something ambitious and falling short. Suicide Squad is just bad. It’s ugly and boring, a toxic combination that means the film’s highly fetishized violence doesn’t even have the exciting tingle of the wicked or the taboo. (Oh, how the movie wants to be both of those things.)
It’s simply a dull chore steeped in flaccid machismo, a shapeless, poorly edited trudge that adds some mildly appalling sexism and even a soupçon of racism to its abundant, hideously timed gun worship. But, perhaps worst of all, Suicide Squad is ultimately too shoddy and forgettable to even register as revolting. At least revolting would have been something.
“A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is.”
“A sports dream team whose combined efforts don’t nearly measure up to the talents of its individual players.”
“Fuzzy and hokey.”
“It certainly feels like it’s taken far too many sleeping pills.”
“A weird movie … A strange blend of different tones, stories, and pacing all mashed into something that has cool individual elements, but never really comes together.”
“There’s no big, meaty, iconic Joker scene for us to marvel at. [Jared Leto’s] occasional appearances detract from the smaller characters the movie is actually about, to the point you almost wish he wasn’t in the movie at all.”
“It’s as if [David] Ayer had too many balls to juggle and when they all came tumbling down he said, “Well that’s still kind of cool.” Cool? Maybe. That doesn’t make it any less disappointing.”
Who stole the soul of Suicide Squad? I’d say it’s Ayer’s willingness to go all limp-dick and compromise his hardcore action bona fides for a PG-13 crowdpleaser that would rather ingratiate than cut deep, or even cut at all.
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