10 Reasons to Ignore the Negative Suicide Squad Reviews

So...you've heard that Suicide Squad is a terrible movie? Disjointed, poorly acted, no plot, terrible effects and, quite simply, a mess? You heard wrong.

DC and Warner Brothers' latest offering is a highly entertaining romp that is a fine addition to the DC Extended Universe - and we can't wait to see the sequel.

Granted, the ending was a bit convoluted, with dodgy CGI, and the movie's big villain (we won't spoil who that is for you in this introduction) ended up being a bit of a rip off of Ghostbusters' Gozer the Gozerian, but that didn't take away from the fact that it was incredibly enjoyable.

In this article, we'll give you just ten reasons why you should ignore the negative critics - and trust us, there are more than ten, these are just the main ones (Note that there are some spoilers from this point onward).

Critics Clearly Have an Anti-DC Movie Agenda


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Let's start with something really obvious. It's becoming more and more apparent that movie critics have some kind of agenda when it comes to their reviews of DC movies. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn't great, but it was nowhere near as bad as most critics would have you believe, and they've unjustifiably downgraded Suicide Squad with their reviews as well.

Why? We don't know. Maybe it's due to their love-in with Marvel. After all, nearly every negative Suicide Squad review seems to mention the fact that it's nothing like Marvel Studios' movies - but why the hell should it be? It ISN'T a Marvel Studios movie!

We don't want to mention any other publications/websites...but we're going to anyway. The likes of Indiewire, Gizmodo, Vanity Fair, Empire, and The Guardian ALL felt it was necessary to compare Suicide Squad to Marvel's offerings. If you go into Suicide Squad hoping for a child-friendly popcorn flick suitable for release under the Disney banner, you WILL be disappointed. So DON'T do that. It's good in its own right.

Now let's address a criticism that was outright WRONG.


It's Not Actually Disjointed AT ALL


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Remember how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was very disjointed? How certain scenes seemed to be just thrown in at random? Remember how the critics HATED that and went to town on the movie for it? Well the critics would have you believe that Suicide Squad suffers from the same problem. It doesn't.

Apart from a few very relevant flashbacks showing how the titular team members ended up in Belle Reve Penitentiary, the film's chronology is totally linear and nothing like the disjointed mess the critics say it is.

Honestly, there's really no justification for such criticism. It's like anyone who said the movie is disjointed is, quite literally, just making it up to give a bad impression. Ridiculous, really.

Now onto a very important aspect of the movie - its music.


The Soundtrack/Score


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The trailers gave a very good impression of Suicide Squad's soundtrack/score, and the movie itself delivered on that early promise - the music used is absolutely fantastic and perfectly suited to the movie's premise and action.

Although we really don't like the Marvel comparisons, the fact is that the people behind Suicide Squad obviously took influence from Guardians of the Galaxy when it came to choosing the music for the movie's soundtrack/score - they took a misfit team of characters and put an eclectic mix of music over them.

It takes music you wouldn't expect to hear in a modern movie - like The Animals' The House of the Rising Sun and Rick James' Super Freak - and mixes it with modern offerings to great effect. It captures the chaotic nature of the movie's characters and it works beautifully.

Now on to something everyone loves - Easter eggs and references.


Links To The Expanded Universe


Batman in Suicide Squad. Source: Warner Brothers Batman in Suicide Squad. Source: Warner Brothers

That's right, everyone loves an Easter egg and a good reference - and there are more than enough of them in Suicide Squad to keep fans entertained.

Some of them set things up going forward in the DC Extended Universe; others are simply in there for fun, providing interesting links to characters and concepts from the comic books.

Batman and Flash are shown as being responsible for apprehending the members of the Suicide Squad in the first place; Superman is mentioned; Midway City is closely associated with the likes of HawkmanHawkgirl, and one incarnation of the Doom PatrolHarley Quinn and the Joker were confirmed to have killed Robin; there was a building named after John Ostrander - the man who conceived of the idea for the Suicide Squad in the first place - and much, much more that eagle-eyed fans could spot and listen for (including, of course, the mid-credits scene, which referenced the Justice League).

Now let's move on to the first individual character on this list.


Will Smith as Will Smith = Great Deadshot


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Will Smith doesn't get the credit he deserves as an actor. He's far more versatile than people think. From playing the Fresh Prince to Muhammad Ali and from playing Bagger Vance to Dr. Robert Neville, Smith has proven his versatility.

However, more often than not, Smith essentially plays the same character in different movies - the "Will Smith" character, essentially - and that's pretty much what he does in Suicide Squad as Deadshot, aka Floyd Lawton. It works brilliantly.

Smith's Deadshot is a smart-talking, funny, super-skilled action man and he's the heart of the titular team. He has some great interactions with Margot Robbie's Harley QuinnJoel Kinnaman's Rick FlagViola Davis' Amanda Waller, and Jay Hernadez's El Diablo, among others, and is as charismatic and entertaining as ever.

Time to move on to another character - a surprise star of this movie.


Amanda Waller Is A Total Badass


Amanda Waller. Source: Warner Brothers Amanda Waller. Source: Warner Brothers

Ask any comic book movie fan what the world of comic book movies is lacking in and the majority will mention strong female characters. Granted, we've got the likes of Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Mystique, Storm, and Wonder Woman as established characters in current franchises, but they're still in short supply compared to strong male characters.

Step forward Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Waller isn't superhuman in any way, shape, or form, but she's tough-as-nails, no-nonsense, and formidable. And she deals with the Suicide Squad - the team she put together as "Task Force X" - like a complete badass.

She never backs down from them, and her plan for them comes together immaculately. It would be awesome to see more of her in future DC Extended Universe movies.

Now it's time to take a look at another female character.


Harley Quinn


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Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is undoubtedly one of the best things about the Suicide Squad movie - and there are a number of reasons why that's the case.

She's one of the main characters and is an important part of the team - even being the main reason why they're able to defeat the movie's big bad in the end - and she has a lot of things going for her throughout.

Critics will tell you that her accent is wrong and that she isn't anything like the classic Harley Quinn - but Robbie's version takes influence from a number of versions, including some from comic books, cartoons, and video games. She's gorgeous, funny, badass, and generally likeable - in spite of the fact that she's a psychopath - and she's certainly going to be appearing again in the DC Extended Universe. Trust us, that's a good thing.

Now on to someone who's been massively panned by critics - something that is entirely unjustified.


Jared Leto's Joker is a Refreshing Take on the Character


The Joker. Source: Warner Brothers The Joker. Source: Warner Brothers

Forget absolutely everything negative you've heard about Jared Leto's new portrayal of The Joker. Nearly every critic has slammed the character - and for no good reason. This Joker is new, refreshing, exciting, dark, psychotic, and brilliant - he's a character we're really looking forward to seeing more of in the DC Extended Universe.

Granted, he didn't get much screen time - a lot of Leto's scenes were cut, and that's not his fault - and he really wasn't necessary for the plot to flow, even though the promotional material for the movie suggested otherwise, but it was nice to be introduced to the character and get a taste of things to come.

Leto will be great in a meatier role as the villain in a future movie - whether it be the next Batman solo movie, the Harley Quinn solo movie, or otherwise - and, in time, we're sure he'll be respected as much as past versions of the character, like Heath Ledger's and Jack Nicholson's.

Time to move from individual characters to the collective characters.


The Team Dynamic


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When it comes to a team-up movie - particularly in the comic book genre - what more can you possibly ask for than the team having good chemistry? The cast of Suicide Squad definitely have that in abundance.

Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag and Katana et al. work brilliantly together - both in terms of their in-character team dynamic and the actors' on-screen chemistry.

There are moments of hilarity, moments of fun bickering, genuinely emotional moments, and some moments that make them feel like an actual family - and that's awesome. They'll definitely be welcomed back to the big screen in the sequel, as far as we're concerned - especially if any potential new additions work as well with the current bunch as they already do with each other.

Now on to the final, straight-to-the-point reason that you should ignore the negative Suicide Squad reviews.


It's A Hell Of A Lot Of Fun


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When all's said and done, the most important thing about Suicide Squad is that it's a lot of fun. It makes you laugh, it satisfies the action junkie in you, and, if you just sit back, enjoy the ride, and take it for what it is - a comic book movie - you WILL enjoy it.

Don't believe the critics. They inexplicably take pleasure in making movie fans believe that DC and Warner Brothers aren't capable of making a good movie, in spite of the fact that the original two Superman movies, Michael Keaton's Batman movies, the Dark Knight Trilogy, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen take a big steamy dump all over that notion.

The characters are great in general. Those we have specifically mentioned in this article steal the show for various reasons, but Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang will make you laugh, Jay Hernandez's El Diablo is incredibly likeable, even Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's cannibalistic Killer Croc will charm you, and everyone else plays their part - it's brilliantly acted.

And that's that! We hope you enjoyed this article and don't believe what the critics are saying about Suicide Squad!

What do you think? Have you seen Suicide Squad and loved it? Are you avoiding it because of bad reviews? Have your say below!