SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) 3.5 Stars (out of five)


Nothing like the wrath of our SUICIDE SQUAD zealots. They are taking on “Rotten Tomatoes” who has published a low score average of 29% by America’s film critics. Their consensus is “SUICIDE SQUAD boasts a talented cast and a little more humor but they aren’t enough to save the disappointing end results from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.” Not too subtle fellow critics.

Members of the cast have already begun to fight back on the day that SUICIDE SQUAD opens across America. According to Reuters (8/3/16) director David Ayers is quoted as saying, “I made the move for real people who live in the real world. I made the movie for people who actually love movies and go to see movies”. Reuters, in the same article reported that 17,000 people signed an online petition —, calling for Rotten Tomatoes to be shut down. Not too subtle fellow fans.

I am not interested in what other critics seem to hate. I am more interested in what this film critic liked about SUICIDE SQUAD. In the above named Reuters article, Will Smith (who in my opinion owned this movie in what is another career defining role) complimented his director. “He wove together the stories of 10 characters, setting up a new world within Warner Bros.’ expanding cinematic superhero universe.”

Yes the plot is muddled. Sadly, the ending indeed is disappointing. But this is one film where each of the characters are fascinating to watch. And at times you wonder who really are the bad guys ? I could not help but question the not-so-subtle meaning of this rogue group of anti-heroes, each with a different special power. SUICIDE SQUAD is born out of the comic book cartoon genius of John Ostrander. There is a personal phrase that keeps on coming to mind: WHEN THE HERO BECOMES THE VICTIM, AND THE VICTIM BECOMES THE HERO.

There are several performances that stand out, beginning with Will Smith (as Dead Shot). Margot Robbie is absolutely deserving of a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her complicated and unforgettable role as Harley Quinn. Viola Davis – who has already received two Oscar nominations, will make your skin crawl as the evil Amanda Waller. And Oscar winner Jared Leto, has created a very different insane and psychopathic Joker.

Throughout my reviews, I have found a pattern of absolutely exceptional musical scoring of so many movies this year. Steven Price’s original score will grab you by the neck and never let you go — even through the end credits. In 2014, he won the Academy Award for scoring GRAVITY.

Heroes and Victims. Victims and heroes. I will let you decide. My interview following the first screening in Las Vegas follows this review. See you at the movies.



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