Suicide Squad review roundup: 'Crushingly puerile comic-book pornography'

Though 'Suicide Squad' might have bad reviews, but Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn seems to be a good reason to watch the movie.

FP Staff August 03, 2016 15:34:45 IST
Suicide Squad review roundup: 'Crushingly puerile comic-book pornography'

The Suicide Squad trailers had us had hello. The first trailer, set to Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' gives you goosebumps the first time you watch it. Everybody had high hopes on Harley Quinn.

Suicide Squad review roundup Crushingly puerile comicbook pornography

MArgot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Image courtesy: Youtube

Especially after Batman Vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice bombing at the office earlier this year, DC comic book fans had pinned their hopes on this movie. But it doesn't seem to have pleased the critics at all. The movie has been panned by the reviewers who have watched it so far. Here is what they have to say:

The movie as a whole isn't very good

Todd McCarthy, of Hollywood Reporter says the movie is a "A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is, Suicide Squad assembles an all-star team of supervillains and then doesn’t know what to do with them."

Film critic Stephanie Zackarek of Time Magazine says the movie is dead on arrival and is "stuff, chopped and diced and tossed up on the screen with no regard for plot or logic or mood."

Robie Collin of the Telegraph calls the movie "crushingly puerile comic-book pornography" and says that "Suicide Squad often feels like the film equivalent of a crumpled note passed to the anti-Ghostbusters trolls outside detention. "

David Ehrlich of Indiewire, "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."

Peter Debruge of Variety says "Like Deadpool earlier this year, it’s entertaining insofar as it allows the characters to crack wise and act out, though they can only go so far within the confines of MPAA guidelines and the rigid DC mythology."

The Soundtrack seems to be the redeeming grace

Geoffrey Macnab of the Independent does appreciate the soundtrack of the film though, "The real problem with the Suicide Squad is that its members are nowhere near nasty enough" and "The plotting here is haphazard and convoluted... In what is a very choppy and episodic film, director David Ayer uses a very wide mix of music, including a lot of retro songs, to pump the action along."

Along with Margot Robbie and Viola Davis's performances

Alonso Duralde of The Wrap was all praises for Viola Davis, saying, "Her force and her capacity to do damage is all there in the actress’ eyes, and she makes the character an indelible one." and for Robbie's Harley Quinn. He says, "There’s already talk of a Harley solo spin-off, which is exciting not just as a vehicle for Robbie but also for the idea of a movie that doesn’t have more people than it knows how to handle."

Germain Lussier of io9 says that Robbie is the best thing that's happened to the film. "Thanks in part to Robbie’s memorable performance, [Harley]’s flighty, she’s unpredictable and when she’s having fun, so is the audience. She adds to every scene she’s in, and when she’s on screen, Suicide Squad is at its best."

Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune likes the performance, but thinks the character was overtly sexualised "Robbie is radioactively watchable, swinging her baseball bat this way and that, selling this skeezy male-fantasy nutjob with wide-eyed enthusiasm."

But Cara Delevingne is hopelessly bad 

Peter Debruge of Variety aptly summarised the echo of critics when he said "The Enchantress, who is, let’s face it, the lamest DC villain since Sharon Stone stalked Catwoman.

Robie Collin of the Telegraph says, "Here is a film in which model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne gives not only a personal worst performance, but something close to a former-profession-worst performance, as a gyrating, bikini-clad villainess called Enchantress, who kisses men full on the lips to turn them into her slaves (of course!) and talks like Vanessa Redgrave on rhinoceros tranquiliser."

The Joker is likable but has a very short role

Geoffrey Macnab of the Independent says, "Leto’s Joker matches that of Heath Ledger in his gleeful and utterly psychotic malevolence - but, confusingly, he is not the main antagonist and is on screen only relatively briefly."

Adding to this, David Ehrlich of Indiewire says Leto's part gangster and part clown portrayal of Joker hits bulls eye without stepping on Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson's toes. Yet, Leto's role is reduced to nothing more than a glorified cameo, which might be a prelude to a bigger role in the next Batman movie.

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