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The Suicide Squad (2021)

Josh Reviews The Suicide Squad

August 11th, 2021
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Five years after the first disappointing Suicide Squad film from DC/Warner Brothers comes another attempt at the property, the similarly-titled The Suicide Squad, written and directed by James Gunn.  It’s sort of crazy to me that DC/Warner Brothers can’t or won’t make another Superman movie, but somehow we’ve gotten two Suicide Squad movies in five years.  Someone explain that to me?  Anyways… after a (thankfully brief) falling out with Disney, James Gunn — who so skillfully wrote and directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films — left Marvel for DC, where he took the reins of this franchise.  And, lo and behold, he’s managed to create the film we should have gotten five years ago.  The Suicide Squad is delightfully, gloriously profane and violent and silly and ridiculous and juvenile and I thought it was pretty terrific.

Look, is this a great movie?  I don’t think so.  Is this the type of superhero film I’d ideally like to see?  No, the Marvel epics like Avengers: Infinity War are more my cup of tea.  I sort of wish I had been able to watch Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 this week, instead of a second Suicide Squad movie.

But The Suicide Squad delivers on exactly what this type of movie should be.  James Gunn seemed to understand precisely what movie to make from this concept: super-villains recruited for a (maybe) good cause.  The Suicide Squad is very funny, it’s filled with violent action and mayhem, and it’s populated by an array of bizarre and compelling characters drawn from the obscure corners of the DC universe, many of whom die terribly before the closing credits roll.  Really, what more could I ask?

Right from the terrific opening scenes I knew that I was in good hands with James Gunn and this movie.  The film opens with a very funny and dark moment featuring a character played by Michael Rooker (Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy), along with a bird and a ball.  We then get some quick, concise exposition that introduces us to the first group of characters.  (This is in marked contrast to the very awkward prolonged opening of the 2016 Suicide Squad, which felt like it introduced the characters and situation three different times.)  Then we jump right into a wild, ultra violent action scene that is fun and crazy and also clearly sets up the premise of the expendable Suicide Squad and just how ruthless their boss Amanda Waller can be.  And, with that, we’re off to the races.

The Suicide Squad can be seen and enjoyed without having seen the 2016 film, or any other recent DC/Warner Brothers film for that matter.  At the … [continued]