The first reviews for Suicide Squad, the much anticipated, David Ayer directed film are starting to come in—and boy, is it a rocky boat we’ve set foot in. Let’s back up for a moment: the film, which is set to release this Friday, has already started going into preview showings (and of course, the premiere in which the aforementioned Ayer said ‘f*ck Marvel‘). The film has been building interest and momentum, with opening weekend predictions setting the sales at around $115 million US. Wow. There is, however, potential that this proclamation of box office gang-busting could be ruined in the following week by bad reviews—something we’ve seen not too long ago. So… just how are the critics sizing up the Squad?
Well, according to critical review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, said critics are not very impressed. The film is currently sitting “rotten” at 34/100, with an average score of a mediocre 5.3/10. Ouch! As mentioned, viewer hype is much too big to kill the opening weekend and first week, but it could have drastic affect on the film in the long run if critical tunes don’t start changing (or if fans disagree and word of mouth saves the film). Let’s take a look at some of the harsh words that might put Suicide Squad on suicide watch:
“In a year overloaded with comic-book movies, “Suicide Squad” just seems like more of the same.” – Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
“On paper, this could have been the antidote to an increasingly codified strain of comic-book movies, but in the end, it’s just another high-attitude version of the same.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“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.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“…a noisy, murky dud where only the lesser known stars make any kind of an impact. ‘Suicide Squad’ makes one almost nostalgic for ‘Batman v Superman.'” – Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
Of course, not all reviews of the film are bad reviews; in fact, some of the reviews are praising the film for several factors, including a ‘break from the norm’ of superhero films, and making critics like characters that were completely unfamiliar to them due to their ‘D-lister’ status. Let’s have a look at some of the positive voices in the crowd.
“It is gleefully nihilistic, and it takes a different approach to what has become a fairly familiar story form at this point, right at the moment when it feels like superhero movies either have to evolve or die.” – Drew McWeeny, HitFix
“Compared to its ilk, Suicide Squad is an excellently quirky, proudly raised middle finger to the staid superhero-movie establishment.” – Brian Truitt, USA Today
“Like Avengers Assemble forced through a Deadpool mangle, Suicide Squad gives new life to DC’s big-screen universe. So bad-to-the-bone it’s good.” – Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
Perhaps, in the end, the only opinion you can really trust is your own. As mentioned, Suicide Squad opens on August 5th of this month.
Via Rotten Tomatoes