Well they've done it again. Warner Bros. film Suicide Squad has officially taken the top spot of IMDb's top movies of 2016. Some may say that this just adds to the craziness of 2016, while others may claim luck. It turns it that Suicide Squad might have actually been the top film of 2016. Here's my reasoning why.
Robbie has had an astonishing year in film, with her biggest role being Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Robbie's portrayal of "The Clown Princess Of Crime" was a show-stealer and helped propel her into becoming a household name. That said, her year has been so outstanding that recently she achieved IMDb's 2016 top actress/actor. Clearly, the attention Robbie has drawn is sure to have helped Suicide Squad through some of its more negative reviews. Not to mention that her character Harley Quinn was extremely popular at Halloween and in the cosplay world after the release of the film. This gave the film a little extra time in the spotlight of mainstream media.
First All Villain Film
Let us not forget that Suicide Squad was in fact the first comic book film in history to star a cast of all villains. This concept alone was enough to get the attention of fans from an early stand point in 2016. In fact, many fans that I have talked to personally claim that Suicide Squad is the film that they have been waiting on for years. That said, it's easy that anticipation has a lot to do with the spotlight drawn to the film in 2016. Jared Leto's Joker had been making many headlines long before the film even concluded filming, with word of him sending rats and other disgusting items to his fellow cast mates. This also inclines me to remember everyone that the film boasted a pretty star-studded cast led by Will Smith and Margot Robbie.
Perhaps the biggest reason that Suicide Squad reached out to such a large audience was the film's stellar soundtrack. The soundtrack featured songs like "Purple Lamborghini" by Rick Ross and Skrillex and "Heathens" by Twenty-One Pilots. In fact, the album has been nominated for three Grammys and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. So whether you were a comic book fan or not this summer, chances are that you have heard a few songs off this record.
After the film's release in August, it became quite controversial among fans and critics. Many fans seemed to have liked the film while many critics completely tore it apart. After all, the film is currently sitting at a 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Reasoning for the criticism centered around the film's seemingly false advertisement of The Joker, as many of his scenes (along with many others) were cut from the film.
Warner Bros. decided to counteract this problem with the recent release of the Suicide Squad Extended Cut. This version of the film contained a few more Harley and Joker scenes that were left out of the theatrical cut. While this did help ease fans minds, it didn't sit well in terms of overall satisfaction with the film.
Personally, I think that Suicide Squad is the biggest film of the year (except most likely Rogue One). It just seemed that the film was always being discussed throughout the year. Some came in the form of speculation and some came in the form of criticism, but Suicide Squad created chaos — a chaos that only a film of its caliber could do in a way that's oh so bad.
What do you think? Did Suicide Squad deserve all the attention? Let me know in the comments down below!