When the reviews for Suicide Squad started breaking earlier this week, the news was, um, not good. A lot of people were hoping that critics might give the film the old “thumbs up” rubber stamp, and while there hasn’t been a chorus of non-stop negativity like the one that greeted Batman V. Superman, Suicide Squad was still ranked a dud on that root of all evil, Rotten Tomatoes. On the bright side, it still looks like Suicide Squad is going to collect massive bank over the weekend, so does what the critics say matter in this instance? If you ask the cast and crew, the answer is “No.”
Or to perhaps to put it another way, “Aw, hell no!” That’s what Will Smith has to say in so many words when asked about the critical reaction to Suicide Squad. “I think people had expectations that may have been different, but I’m excited for the fans to get to vote,” the actor told Reuters.
“The critics have been absolutely horrific, they’re really, really horrible,” added Smith’s co-star Cara Delevingne. “You know, I just don’t think they like superhero movies. It doesn’t really matter what the critics say at the end of the day. It’s the fans that we made this movie for.”
Margot Robbie, who has been getting positive notices for her portrayal of Harley Quinn in the film, echoes the sentiment about Suicide Squad not being a film meant for the critics. “At the end of the day critical acclaim is really nice, but we made it for the fans. If the fans like it then we did our job,” she said.
Director David Ayer agrees. “I made the movie for real people who live in the real world. I made the movie for people who actually love movies and go and see movies. The movie’s a lot of fun and the fans are really going to enjoy this,” he said.
Whether or not they’re right and the critical notices don’t matter, it seems like Suicide Squad is on its way to a very strong opening weekend with over $20 million collected at Thursday night preview showings. Batman V. Superman had a strong opening too, but that film had the stink of failure already on it by the time Friday dawned, and it doesn’t feel like that’s the case for Suicide Squad. In fact, there’s almost a sense of defiance in the air. Will that stand up after the weekend is over? I guess we’ll find out.
Suicide Squad is in theaters now.
Source: Comic Book Movie