By: Xiclalic Arroyo
It was a chilly Thursday evening and the wind was howling, singing its prayers to the moon. The engine roared to life and they were off searching for the seat, with the vivid red and the darkest armrest. The room turned pitch black and only the torch-like lights illuminated the room.
Matthew Bell, a physics and engineering teacher at Samueli Academy, explained, “I thought the trailer was engaging and very well put together, but after watching the trailer I didn’t feel interested in going to see the movie.” The movie Suicide Squad was released on August 5, 2016. The movie had been highly anticipated. Staff and Students at Samueli Academy shared their opinion on the movie
Although the movie was highly anticipated, BBC rated it 2 stars! They stated, “Suicide Squad merely slaps ideas on its surface.” Meaning it doesn’t ease you into the scenes. It ‘throws’ the scenes at you. BBC also claims, “It does give humans and supervillains redeeming features,” and gives off a list of accurate descriptions of the main characters. For example, “Deadshot practically weeps when he receives letters from his daughter.”
So many people were anticipating the movie, but a few were disappointed. For instance, “I was [anticipating it] until I heard that the Joker didn’t come out much,” exclaimed Emmanuel Salcedo, a Senior. Salcedo was anticipating the movie, but when he discovered that the green haired and red-lipped villain wouldn’t make much of an appearance, he was disappointed. Others were just as excited because of its reference to the comic book. Isabel Saldana, a Campus Supervisor, expressed, “People that have read the comic book with the characters in it and are really into it.” Bell also believes this and establishes, “I think, right now, comic books are a really hot topic. Lots of people love comics, and Suicide Squad is a very novel idea for a comic book where the villains are now the heroes… It has a lot of popular villains that we live to hate.” The anticipation for the movie couldn’t be pinpointed on one aspect because many people were excited for different reasons.
Suicide Squad was rated PG-13 because of the fighting/intense scenes, Alcohol/drugs/smoking, profanity, violence/gore, sex, and nudity. Aline Alonso, a Senior, claimed, “Yeah, I think the movie should be rated PG-13,” she continued with, “No… I mean I guess it depends on their age.” Alonso believes that children could watch the movie without an adult, depending on the age, but she also believes the movie should be rated PG-13. Bell and Saldana are both adults and have kids, so they believe that watching the movie before letting their kids watch it, is ideal. Although their kids are still young, they’ll eventually have to make this kind of decision on their own. Alonso, on the other hand, is a Senior in high school, technically still a kid herself and her beliefs on the matter are the same to the adults, her reasons for the movie being rated PG-13 differ from theirs.
Many people were disappointed, or just not interested in going to see the movie. “Perhaps, if we were at a friends house and they had the movie and they wanted to watch it, yeah, we’d watch it together, but I don't have a desire to go out and spend 15 dollars to go watch the movie,” explained Mr. Bell. The movie seemed interesting to a certain extent. In addition, Roger Ebert, a movie reviewing website, claimed, “It’s massive, messy, and noisy. And it stinks.” That just sounds like flat out disappointment. The same website rated Suicide Squad one and a half stars. Furthermore, the site continues and says, “In following the misadventures of a group of supervillains, who are forced to work together to defeat a powerful enemy, “Suicide Squad” is actually trying to be fun, or at least it’s trying to find the mix of daring and cheekiness that made “Deadpool” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” such twisted delights.” It points out that at least the movie was trying, and that’s what counts.
Although the movie was so hyped, its reviews establish that the movie wasn’t really that good. Based off of the Roger Ebert website rating it 1.5 stars and BBC rating it 2 stars. Also, IGN.com rated it 5.9 out of 10. Talk about harsh! But, they have their reasons. Under the subtitle, The Verdict, IGN.com states, “It goes for subversive, funny, and stylish, and it succeeds wildly during the first act. But then the movie turns into something predictable and unexciting. It plods on, checking off boxes on a list of cliched moments and meaningless plot points, making you wonder where all the razzle-dazzle went.”
The dark room was eerie. I rubbed the armrest with the lightest pigment and wiggled in my seat that was covered with a dull red. The night was a disaster. The seat lost it’s color just like I lost my excitement. I jumped into my car and sped off. The wind sang it sweet symphony that sounded bitter to my ears, whispering the disappointment I felt.
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