The movie has been blamed for it’s poor editing and asperous tone
The divisive movie is following the ‘critics v fans’ theme that many DC movies seem to create, despite the movie sitting at an paltry 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, it continues to break box-office records and has currently pocketed north of $465 million worldwide.
The cast and crew including David Ayer & Margot Robbie have been quick to the movies defence, with the later campaigning for a Harley Quinn spinoff movie. Now Rick Flag himself, Joel Kinnaman has thrown his hat into the ring.
Speaking to Vulture, Kinnaman voiced his opinion on the fan, critic divide (or in this case, a chasm):
“I read a couple, but I didn’t enjoy reading them, so I stopped. They were not kind. You always hope to get good reviews. It’s always nicer when people say nice things about you. But on a film like Suicide Squad, it really only has an ambition to entertain. There’s no big political aspirations about the film; it doesn’t take itself that seriously. The only way it takes itself seriously is portraying these characters in an honest way. I really think we did that, and I’m proud of my work and everyone else’s work in that film, too. So, on a film like this, that has those kinds of ambitions; it becomes even more important what the fans think. We made this film for the fans.”
Kinnaman goes on to say his interactions with fans and critics couldn’t be more different:
“I can’t remember ever seeing a bigger disparity between reviewers’ and fans’ response to a film. It really was night and day. We’ve just been showered with love and appreciation for this, so it’s been pretty phenomenal. Sure, the film is not perfect. But the kind of vitriol that it got? [Laughs.] It sure as hell didn’t deserve that. I think it actually might’ve been good for the film. Now people don’t have too-high expectations for it. It reset that a little bit, and people went into the theaters and just got entertained by what they saw. So I was really happy with how that whole thing turned out.”
Whilst it’s fair to say many people would act differently with the actor in person, there certainly has been a notable divide between critics and fans, with one set of hardcore fans campaigning to shut down Rotten Tomatoes due to their 27% rating (it’s worth noting that Rotten Tomatoes is merely a vehicle to calculate a score based off accumulating independent reviews).
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Suicide Squad is in cinemas now. Wonder Woman opens June 2nd, 2017; Justice League November 17th, 2017; Aquaman July 27th, 2018; the Batman solo movie is rumoured to be released October 5th, 2018; Shazam April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 June 14th, 2019, 2019; Cyborg April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps July 24th, 2020.
Source – Vulture