Cody’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm baffled by the fact that, currently at 6:04pm PST, this film is resting at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.
I thought that it was a trick when I saw how low the rating was. I thought that it was just a joke, that they were just messing with the ratings. But then I started checking out the reviews. And people hate this movie. Pretty much right now, it's getting universal hate. And I just don't understand why people are hating this so much.
This isn't Batman vs Superman. It isn't It's far from it. BvS really was a dark film. It was something that you really had to sit through and think about. There wasn't any comedy, there was just drama and action. But, that film is the complete opposite of Suicide Squad. This film does have it's dark moments, but it's nothing like BcS, or The Dark Knight (which you can't really compare to at all). It's a bright and fun movie to watch. It seems to be like the general summer blockbuster.
I really was surprised at how much I enjoyed watching this. I wasn't sure how I was going to enjoy another DC movie, after BvS, which I really enjoyed. I wasn't sure I was even going to be a fan of DC movies, since I've really enjoyed watching Marvel's movies. After watching this, I can say that DC is the one running the comic adaptions, not Marvel. I think I enjoyed this film a lot because I just had so much fun watching it. I absolutely love Harley Quinn, and I just seemed to enjoy the movie every time she was on the screen. Deadshot was amazing, El Diablo was amazing, Killer Croc was amazing, I think everyone in the ensemble was amazing. They all seemed to have a great chemistry that just made them enjoyable to watch.
The thing that brought down my rating for Suicide Squad was the Joker. Mostly, Jared Leto. I couldn't stand seeing him on the screen. From the first time I saw him in the film, I just couldn't bear to look at him. He just didn't seem to be the Joker. I didn't find him scary, even though he had a very animalistic approach to the character. The voice seemed off, the appearance seemed off, just everything seemed to be off with this character. This may have been due to Ayer's script, or it may have just been Leto's approach. Even when the Joker was on the screen with Quinn, I still couldn't stand even looking at the movie.
I thought that Harley Quinn was going to steal the show, since Margot Robbie did such a fantastic job playing her. But, I was surprised to find that Will Smith's Deadshot ended up being the best character out of the ensemble. He had a more human element than the rest of them; he was a person that you could feel was still human and sane, unlike Quinn. I felt myself wanting him to get what he wanted, despite the fact that he was one of the villains. I think that decision to have a really human character made the movie feel a little more accessible, instead of only having villains.
Suicide Squad was a real treat. I wasn't sure how I was going to like it, and I'm really glad that I was able to see it this soon without having any spoilers. It was a lot of fun to watch, and I still can't believe how low of a score it has on Rotten Tomatoes. Maybe once more people see it the score will go up. Or it may go down. I may just be crazy. Maybe I should join the Suicide Squad. That's something to take into consideration.