The new movie, Suicide Squad is getting wrecked. The long-anticipated DC movie opens this weekend, and fans are pumped, but critics? Not so much. Suicide Squad has received lackluster reviews, with entertainment insiders calling it “boring.” Suicide Squad is based on the DC comic of the same name, and features a cast of villains/anti heroes teaming up to save the world. The characters are “Harley Quinn; elite hit man Deadshot; pyrokinetic ex-gangster El Diablo; opportunistic thief Captain Boomerang; monstrous cannibal Killer Croc; and specialized mercenary Slipknot” (Wikipedia).
The film has been described as “Dirty Dozen with supervillains” but all of this isn’t enough to woo critics. Some film and comic fans are angry at the way the movie seems to be romanticize the relationship between the Joker and Harley Quinn, saying it’s abusive. Blog posts upon blog posts have been written about the dark relationship in the comics, and now the film, and it’s stirring some conversations about the portrayal of the characters.
Don’t worry, the movie will do well at the box office, because the fans want to see it. One fan even got mad at Rotten Tomatoes, the well-known entertainment site which displays scores based on critic and fan reviews. The fan, identified as Abdullah Coldwater, created a petition at Change.org to help get Rotten Tomatoes shut down. The signature goal is 25,000, and so far the petition has over 19,000. The reason to sign the petition was presented as such:
There’s A Disconnect Between Critics And Audiences
You may enjoy a movie regardless what the critics say about it
we must get the people to know that the criticism not the measure of the quality of movies, it’s just the opinions of the critics
sign the petition
However, he also says that the “petition won’t shut down the site” but will “The aim of the petition is to deliver a message to the critics that there is a lot of people disagree with their reviews.”
You can imagine how this was taken by the entertainment news world. After receiving criticism towards his goal, he shut down the petition, only to reopen it at fans’ request. The petition may very well bring up a good discussion about online reviews for films, however. This is a topic of interest in the entertainment world as Ghostbusters female-led reboot was deliberately ranked lower on IMDB and other websites by those who were angry at what they considered a butchering of the 1980’s movie. A recent article by FiveThirtyEight discussed how the Ghostbusters reboot demonstrated how the “internet movie ratings system is broken,” as the movie was besieged with fake reviews online.
Whatever your thoughts on the matter, maybe you should go see what you want to see. Take critics into consideration, or don’t, it’s your choice. Sometimes we just go to the movies to have a good fun time, and if the movie promises that, then you’re good, right? If you go see Suicide Squad, try to ignore what the critics say and make your own determination if it’s good or bad.