“Suicide Squad” has gotten torn apart by most critics and it currently has a dismal 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t elements of the DC Comics movie that are worth watching.
TheWrap has compiled a list of some of the aspects of the film that didn’t make critics want to run out of theaters screaming like their hair was on fire.
Check out the (short) list below
Viola Davis as Amanda Waller
The consensus seems to be that the “How to Get Away With Murder” star brings definite gravity to her role as the Squad’s handler. Not altogether surprising, considering the roll Davis has been on lately: She won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for the aforementioned ABC series just last year — the first black woman to do so –and was nominated again this year.
Alonso Duralde wrote in his review for TheWrap:
“Davis doesn’t need size to be intimidating. Her force and her capacity to do damage is all there in the actress’ eyes, and she makes the character an indelible one.”
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn has become a pop culture phenomenon in her own right in recent years, and Robbie’s performance is drawing plenty of praise. No wonder a standalone movie based around the character has already been greenlit.
Chris Bumbray for JoBlo wrote:
“For one thing, the casting is spot-on, with Margot Robbie instantly iconic as Harley Quinn, a breakout heroine that could easily launch a franchise of her own.”
It’s Not ‘Batman v Superman’
“Suicide Squad’s” film predecessor, “Batman v Superman,” got destroyed by critics and fans alike. The film was knocked for its dark tone and rehash of DC storylines that we’ve seen many times before, like the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents. So at the very least, “Suicide Squad” is better than that.
Sean P. Means of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote:
“‘Suicide Squad’ is a flawed movie, but it does manage to squeeze out more moviegoing pleasure than the stodgy ‘Batman v Superman’ did.”
It Sets the Stage for Future Movies
Whether we like it or not, there will be more DC Comics movies coming down the pike for years to come, with the “Justice League” movie already set to drop in 2017. Now that “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad” have set the stage, will future movies be able to introduce worthwhile players?
Peter Howell of the Toronto Star wrote:
“Still and all, ‘Suicide Squad’ deserves to live, if only because it whets our appetite for what these super freaks will do in future chapters. Now that they’ve got the pesky introductions over with, maybe they can really get on the good foot to do the bad thing.”