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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Compilation of Suicide Squad reviews

A film that all of the Toylab Bloggers have been looking forward to is Suicide Squad.  The film looked to be DC's answer to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.  A fun, violent romp through the DC universe that might avoid some of the dour tonal pitfalls of the previous DC films.

With that said it seems that Warner Brothers has heavily re-shot the film after fearing that it was trending down the path uber darkness path of Batman vs Superman:Dawn of Justice.  It has also been rumored that early production of the film may have been rushed.   These rumors while potentially true say little about the end result of the film however.  Sometimes films with troubled beginnings become great.  They do however say to the film audience press pause and perhaps keep your expectations in check.

Reviews pouring on the film are decidedly mixed with some liking the film and others hating it.  Some DC fans have petitioned to try to get the film removed from Rotten Tomatoes because they are unhappy with the reviews of the film.

The stars from the Film are now responding to some of the film's bad reviews:  My gut tells me that the comic world is still hungry for a good DC film and that the Suicide Squad trailer is so good that the overall hype may help overcome the negative reviews.  Also it helps that some of the reviews are good leading to a somewhat mixed reaction.

Will Smith says:  "I'm excited for the fans to get to vote"

DC Cinematic Universe - Hurt
Here is a video that highlights the DC Universe roll outs continued bad fortune.  All the way through the Suicide Squad's present dismal Rotten Tomatoes rating:
Its poking a little fun at the DC universe, at the DC universes expense but I think its also to see how all of these films have done, their expectations, and the result.

Negative Reviews:

Rotten Tomatoes Score:
Updated on: August 3, 2016
The film currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 34% which is lower than almost all other films in the theaters currently.

Groucho Reviews: -

2 stars
The result is a novel but muddled supervillain action movie, decidedly not for kids and not very fun for adults. The decades-spanning anthology of tough-guy (and gal) songs on the soundtrack is another sign of a filmmaking team that knows its film need some artificial respiration. Some comic-book fans will lap it up, but Suicide Squad is all sauce and no meat.
Thought this review was likely fair.  It sounds pretty consistent that the plot of Suicide Squad is muddled.

Vanity Fair: - Critic Richard Lawson:
It’s simply a dull chore steeped in flaccid machismo, a shapeless, poorly edited trudge that adds some mildly appalling sexism and even a soup├žon 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.
One thing that Richard Lawson picks on throughout his critique that I find utterly bizarre is that Suicide Squad has guns in it.  With the list of characters included in the film it was going to have lots of guns.  It is an action movie.  I don't see how political decisions on guns change a perception of the movie.  There has always been violence in the world and art should reflect that.  Not sure what his point is here.  If you are thinking this politically when going to see an action movie, much less a super hero action movie you are thinking too much.  Leave that stuff at the door dude.
He later goes on to say that the portrayal of Killer Croc is racist.  I'm not sure what to make of this comment as I have not seen the film.  I know Croc is played by an African American actor but I also know the character is covered in scales.

There have been positive reviews of the film as well though:

Positive Reviews:

USA Today: - Brian Truitt
Like The Dirty Dozen for the Hot Topic generation, the team gets in-your-face introductions and things just grow more mental from there. But compared to its ilk,Suicide Squad is an excellently quirky, proudly raised middle finger to the staid superhero-movie establishment.

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