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Film Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD

The first Suicide Squad was a bad film who’s only lasting legacy was that viewers liked Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and began commenting “What are we? Some kind of Suicide Squad?” on YouTube videos.

This new film has not got anything to do with the 2016 original except for a few returning characters. Other than that, you can watch the 2021 film without watching the original.

Director James Gunn, brought his sense of crass and extravagant energy to this film.

It’s definitely set to be one of the best blockbusters of the summer – and probably one of the best films of year.

The Plot

The plot concerns Task Force X, a secret team of D-list supervillains forced to do black ops work for the government for the reward of a commuted sentence under the command of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).

The operation concerns secret experiments carried out by Gaius Grieves AKA the Thinker (Peter Capaldi) in the South American island nation of Corto Maltese.

Characters

The squaddies this time round consist of returning characters…

Margot Robbie as fan favourite Harley Quinn,

Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag,

Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang.

New members include…

Idris Elba as C-list Superman villain Bloodsport,

Daniela Melchior as a revamped version of obscure Batman villain Ratcatcher,

John Cena as Peacemaker, a more dogmatic Captain America,

David Dastmalcian plays Polka-Dot Man, a character I did not except to see in a film, live-action or animated,

Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark, who is a shark.

Also included in the squad are Gunn’s usual collaborators

Sean Gunn as Weasel,

Nathan Fillion as TDK,

Michael Rooker as Savant,

Cameos from comedians like Pete Davidson as Blackguard and Flula Borg as Javelin.

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Looking at the details

It is clear that James Gunn has a lot of appreciation for the superhero genre. His screenplay manages to give several different characters, that often don’t get their fair share of the spotlight, several moments to shine. He also makes sure you’ll remember each and every one of them.

The film is very funny with its comment on the absurdity of the situation the characters find themselves in, and who they are.

The costume and make up design for the film is great. Each character looks different and manages to stand out.

The action in the film is violent and very exaggerated, but it is done to the right amount. It is almost reminiscent of a Looney Tunes cartoon in some parts. Gunn gets a lot of good mileage out of the R-rating he was given, sometimes venturing back into his Troma roots where he began.

Final thoughts?

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is an impressive film including absurdities that make it a fun and enjoyable film. I would recommend this film, but if you are apprehensive about going to the cinema right now, it’s okay to wait for a DVD or VOD release.

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