‘Suicide Squad’ arrives in cinemas this week with the difficult task of keeping Warner Bros’ DC Extended Universe on track following the… let’s say difficult release of ‘Batman v Superman’ earlier this year.
With a seemingly omnipresent marketing campaign, ‘Suicide Squad’ is the first super-villain team-up movie - think an Asshole Avengers - and features the first big screen incarnations of characters like Deadshot, Enchantress, Killer Croc and, of course, Harley Quinn.
These are just four of the villains who make up the titular squad, a team assembled to combat a mysterious threat at the behest of government figure Amanda Waller. As the squad assembles, a new incarnation of The Joker - here played by Jared Leto - hatches a plan to take back his partner in twisted-crime, Margot Robbie’s Quinn.
Ahead of the film’s release, the first reviews have been published with mixed results. Here’s what the critics had to say.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly: “For DC, which blew it with Batman v Superman last spring, Suicide Squad is a small step forward. But it could have been a giant leap.”
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine: “Like 'Avengers Assemble’ forced through a 'Deadpool’ mangle, 'Suicide Squad’ gives new life to DC’s big-screen universe. So bad-to-the-bone it’s good.”
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter: “A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is, Suicide Squad assembles an all-star team of supervillains and then doesn’t know what to do with them.”
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph: “Occasionally, the film feels like Ayer is trying to fight his way out from underneath an enormous, suffocating parachute.”
Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian: “It’s a clotted and delirious film, with flashes of preposterous, operatic silliness. But it doesn’t have much room to breathe; there are some dull bits, and Leto’s Joker suffers in comparison with the late Heath Ledger.”
Jen Yamato - The Daily Beast: "Is 'Suicide Squad’ much of a movie on its own? Not so much. As a sideline stopover en route to 'Justice League’ and a welcome break from those mopier, more principled heroes in Gotham City and Metropolis, it’ll do.”
David Crow - Den of Geek: “Logic waved bye-bye to Harley a long time ago. Kind of like this movie. But in both cases, it’s a damn captivating spectacle to behold.”
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune: “It’s not satisfying storytelling; the flashbacks roll in and out, explaining either too much or too little, and the action may be violent but it’s not interesting.”
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap: “Can barely get all of these characters onto a billboard, much less a movie.
'Suicide Squad’ is out on 5 August.
Picture Credits: Warner Bros