– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It ain’t easy being an actor in Hollywood. You get whatever work you can get, and you bring all you can to the role, but at the end of the day, the actual quality of the film is often out of your hands. Even worse, it’s not always easy to tell what constitutes a good movie. Something that’s great on the page may turn out horribly on the screen, or vice versa, and every role is a gamble.

SUICIDE SQUAD is a movie that seemed to have everything going for it: a great cast, a talented director, and source material begging to be brought to the big screen. The trailers only bolstered that hype, and before long, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the film may be the course correction Warner Bros. needed for the DC Extended Universe after the disappointment of BATMAN  v SUPERMAN. Unfortunately, to many critics and fans, we were all wrong.

Right now, around 3/4 of critics have given SUICIDE SQUAD a negative review, and even those who came out having enjoyed the film admit there were some serious issues. So far, director David Ayer and WONDER WOMAN director Patty Jenkins have come out in defense of the film. In an interview with Vulture, actor Joel Kinnaman, who played Rick Flag in the film, has also come out in the movie’s defense:

“I read a couple [reviews] , 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.

“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.”

Do you agree with Kinnaman’s statements? Let us know down in the comments.

Below is the official synopsis for the film:

“It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”

SUICIDE SQUAD is out in theaters now!

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SOURCE: Vulture

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.