James Gunn takes over the writer’s room and the director’s chair for ‘The Suicide Squad,’ the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Warner Media released it in theaters and on HBO Max.
ARGUS Director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is set to revitalize Task Force X with Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) by recruiting Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Savant (Michael Rooker), Blackguard (Pete Davidson), Javelin (Flula Borg), Mongal (Mayling Ng), Weasel (Sean Gunn), and The Detachable Kid (Nathan Fillion) to go the island nation of Corto Maltese and destroy a base run by The Thinker (Peter Capaldi). When they arrive, they are almost immediately killed except for Quinn and Flag, but no worries. Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), and King Shark (Sylvester Stallone) arrive as the true team in order to rescue their teammates and stop the Thinker.
I was not as hard on this film’s predecessor as a lot of critics. I essentially said that the David Ayer flick was a long, fun commercial that you could turn off your brain and watch. This one was much better.
To start with, the story was so much fun. You can tell Gunn has total control of this project because it has his signature dark comedy that his films are known for. I especially enjoyed the banter between Bloodsport and Peacemaker. Now, it is not the greatest movie ever made or even the great comic book film ever made, but it was well-written and hilarious at times. That goes double for Harley Quinn. She is a far cry better in this movie than she is in the predecessor, but especially Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.
I will say, and I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I thought Gunn overdid the gore. I am not opposed to it, but I thought that it was just a tad too much. Also, I won’t say who to avoid spoilers, but one of the best characters was killed off and I think that it did a disservice.
The cast is also superb. It was good to see Robbie actually be able to be Harley Quinn. She was especiallu good separated from the horrible Jared Leto version of the Joker and from the poor writing of her spin-off. Likewise, Elba and Cena were the most well-cast for the film. Every else was good, but the three of them made the movie experience so much better.
This is a minor point, but I was disappointed that Nathan Fillion got cast as TDK instead of Hal Jordan for the DCEU, but considering his character is little more than a cameo, I am still holding out hope that he will be Green Lantern.
Despite how much fun and entertaining this film was, it did not perform well at the box office, no doubt the timing with the HBO Max release has something to do with this. Hopefully, the theaters will bounce back.
Bottom line, The Suicide Squad is a fun, gory time that has some awesome characters and a pretty entertaining story. It was a blast and I enjoyed it a great deal.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong gory violence, Strong foul language, Disturbing conversations
FAVORITE QUOTE: I cherish peace with all my heart. I don’t care how many men, women, and children I need to kill to get it.
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