FILM REVIEW: Suicide Squad – A movie only a DC Fan can love?


On Friday Suicide Squad opened in Port Elizabeth, with many movie-goers eager to watch a failed group of super-zeroes try to save the world.

Since its opening in America, Suicide Squad has gotten a lot of negative reviews from critics, while fans of the DC franchise thought the movie was great.

Suicide Squad is a sort of sequel to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, as it takes place after the death of a certain hero (who shall not be named in case you haven’t watched it yet).

The plot centres around a government agent known as Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), who believes that a special taskforce needs to be made in order to keep potential super powered villains in check, thus she creates Taskforce X.

Composed of the deadliest villains in the DC Universe; Deadshot (Will Smith) a master sniper and hitman for hire; Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) certified lunatic and lover of the Joker; Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) an Aussie with a knack for robbing banks and running his mouth; Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) a sewer-dwelling deviant with scales and a killer appetite; Diablo (Jay Hernandez) a fire wielding gangster trying to change his ways; Katana (Karen Fukuhara) a Japanese fighter with a literal soul-sucking sword, and Military Captain Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman)the appointed leader of the group.

Together the Squad tries, reluctantly; to save the world from evil entities and stop an evil Enchantress from destroying it, or it will be their heads.

With cameos from the Joker, the Flash and Batman himself, the Squad faces dilemmas of morality and salvation that they would normally never have; should they save a world that forsakes them, or should they just let it burn?

The film itself has great visual effects, and CGI effects that add to the splendour of the DC universe.

The film has a lot of flashbacks about the Squad and their backstory, and can sometimes show up randomly which make the film appear a little choppy. But the characters and casting was very well done as they all played the part of villains-forced-heroes perfectly. The movie had serious scenes and hilarious ones and the fight scenes were epic, making for a great feast for the eyes.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a negative rating of 26%, which is in direct contradiction of fan ratings, which give the film 73%. It seems that only fans of the DC franchise can truly appreciate this movie for what it is. When the cast was asked about their thought on the negative reviews, they simply said that this film was made for the fans and that if the critics didn’t like it that was their problem.

So, while DC keeps disappointing the critics, it is clear that the fans love it and can’t wait for more DC films in the future. So in some cases, it really is good to be bad.