Opinion: Tired of film critics trashing DC’s “Suicide Squad”? You’re not alone

in DC, Entertainment, Movies, Movies & TV

How you could be a DC fan and not fall in love with their newest live-action feature Suicide Squad is a complete mystery to me. But somehow, critics are panning this explosive popcorn romp at every turn. Potential spoilers abound.

Sure, it’s not 100% accurate to the comic, but the vibe that made the source material a cult classic is certainly there, and the characters are wonderful. In fact, the movie is basically a series of small, vignetted, golden character moments, and that’s exactly what it needed to be. We needed to see the government’s first shaky attempt at fighting the potential metahuman threat before the formation of the Justice League, and that is what we have here.

That is the purpose of Suicide Squad.

Not the Joker we want — but the Joker we need

Leto’s Joker isn’t like any “Clown Prince of Crime” we’ve seen on film before, and that’s exactly the point. He’s the Joker who needs to pose an actual threat to the Justice League. He’s the big league. The heavy hitter. The crime boss with his fingers in every messed up pie in Gotham. He needs to feel invincible to take on the ‘League, and that’s what we’ve successfully established in this film. His acting choices are spot-on and this is easily the most comically-accurate version of Batman’s nemesis we’ve seen on film — sans tattoos and gold fillings. It’s still taking me a while to warm up to that cosmetic choice.

Harley Quinn and the controversial romance

Upon my first viewing, I feel Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was pitch-perfect: sexy, insane, and completely capable. And a brief glimpse of the classic Harley costume? Yes please! Now, the Internet is trying to tell me that we shouldn’t “celebrate” Joker and Harley’s relationship for fear of corrupting our youth. I think we can celebrate the screwed up, cringingly-abusive partnership of these two characters without acting it out in our daily lives. There were some absolutely stunning moments between them that deserve high praise.

They’re not role models, the exact same way the characters in The Affair on Showtime aren’t role models. But we can still enjoy them, because they give us a glimpse into a world we couldn’t possibly fathom. Characters don’t have to be “just like us” in order to be granted permission to appear on screen. Loosen up.

It’s no longer “just an opinion”

At the end of the day, based on all of the critics lambasting this film, this is the movie that finally convinced me that maybe it’s time to retire the old guard of film criticism in exchange for fresh blood and new opinions that empathize effectively with modern audiences. Maybe that’s a little harsh. Then let’s start with letting fan feedback be our primary source of information before seeing a film. Even better, let’s just keep an open mind and stop letting anybody outside of ourselves form our opinions on the entertainment we consume. Many professional critics are simply too used to a time of cinema long-gone and can’t familiarize with the “ADD generation” of filmmaking.

It’s no longer a matter of “Dude, get over it. It’s just somebody else’s opinion.” Great artists are putting a ton of love into making quality movies, and being told “GET OFF MY LAWN!” There are careers and box office numbers directly affected by negative reviews (despite Suicide Squad actually breaking August box office records). Boo hoo, right?

Based on much of the fan feedback for Suicide Squad, it’s very evident that this small group of old-timers are not the voice of the majority and therefore only serve to contradict and oppose, rather than grow and enforce evolution in this industry. I simply can’t look at a film like this and understand why anybody would give it below three stars out of five. Is it perfect? Hell no. But it certainly doesn’t deserve the lambasting it’s getting from the “cinema-elite.”

Moral of the story: don’t listen to the critics. Hell, don’t even listen to me. Go to the movies and have a blast for a damn change. We all deserve it.


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    Do you have ANY concept how Trump-supporter the whole disgruntled DC-fan “Get those critics out of the room! Build a big wall, so we can get Batman haters out of the country! No, seriously, we love critics, they’re beautiful people, we think the old ones should be out of work” sounds?
    No, do you? Seriously, yes or no. And let’s not even get into the whole fan-petition to “Shut down RottenTomatoes because they didn’t like it!” movement, which we’ll assume comes under the same punchline.

    Hardcore DC fans orgied that Warner made “the Batman movie for US!”, and then got disappointed that it didn’t turn out to be for anybody else?
    Well, what’s the word I’m looking for here?–“That’s showbiz!” seems to be close enough.

    (And I’m not even going to touch on the “Adam’s Daily Fanboy Blog” issue, as I assume everyone else is, by this point.

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    Reagan greer

    critics are called that for a reason the critic stuff if you get so but hurt over a score on the internet so you want to get that website banned then you have issues

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    I went into seeing the movie lowering my expectations after reading the critics reviews, and I glad I did. First and for most I did enjoy the dark tone the movie wanted to take but it stopped there. It felt rushed felt like they tried to develop these characters with little back stories. I found it to be alittle ironic that as soon as she wanted to put together task force x she needed task force x. Harley Quinn’s and jokers relationship felt stale. Will smith most likely has in his contracts stating he needs so many lines and screen time. The cgi at times seemed to cartoonish ex. Enchantress at the end. And last but not least the I felt like I saw the movie because the trailers showed way to much!

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    This article reads like such a Trump speech. Wow, you don’t say, this is a great movie, all this is about is bashing critics. Lousy article

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    This is perhaps the worst article I have seen on this site. It’s just clickbait if you ask me. And I fell for it. Job well done I suppose.
    But seriously, it reads like a high school kid complaining about somebody not liking his favorite thing. An article sharing your personal feelings about critic’s reaction to a movie you saw is not very good content. I only clicked on it to see just if this was real or not. I almost can’t believe it is, except for who the author was. Lastly, I see we are now including profane language in official post for Inside the Magic. A site that USED to be completely family friendly, which is one of the reasons I was attracted to it. It will be interesting to see what kind of foolishness is next for this site.

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      “Characters don’t have to be ‘just like us’ in order to be granted permission to appear on screen. Loosen up.”
      Gee, Adam, we sure didn’t hear you saying that during the “Elsa should be a lesbian!” debate. (In fact, the presiding niche opinion was that a character HAD to be one of a social group in order to “represent” their fans, or no go.)

      But anyway, about the issue of telling us -to our face- that we’re somehow wrong, or immature, just closed-minded if we don’t happen to find the DC Dark-verse of time-bomb-teen DC Fans With Issues the same entertainment value as those of normal well-adjusted people. Yeah, stinks don’t it. Not everybody’s like you.
      And judging by the rapidly sinking box office, quite a LOT of people are not like you, but that seems to be the personal character and maturity fault of a lot of people…

      (Folks, Adam is quickly becoming the Paul Pressler of Inside the Magic–And the only way we got rid of Pressler the first time was to get rid of Eisner.
      Is there any higher power we can appeal to to shut down his mounting atrocities, or do we have to take the site down with him?) 🙁

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    I don’t need to listen to the critics. In fact, the box office is $135 million, a new high for August. From time to time, the film critics are wrong. They are wrong in many ways like liking Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg films that are highly overrated. Both filmmakers are past their prime. Suicide Squad will unfortunately be a rental for me. I dislike the darker tone of DC comics. Marvel seems to be more upbeat despite some exceptions (Jessica Jones and Daredevil on Netflix, and Agents of Shield on ABC). Thus, I will likely see Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America in the theaters and skip Batman. On the fence with Superman and Spiderman (needs some help there).

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    Ryan T

    Great article. The author is basically calling out critics and their reviews. Movie criticism has evolved over the years and they no longer have as much influence as they once did which I believe pisses them off. People watch what they want to see and so should you.

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      Critics also didn’t like “Nine Lives”, were they “out of touch” with that?

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    Ryan T

    Read my last sentence bro. Enjoy your summer at the movies

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    Clint Tribble

    Great article. Critics are out of touch. Too many popular films have come and gone in recent years where they’ve collectively missed the boat. What’s worse, they praise junk like “Manchester by the Sea”!

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