Harry Situation Reviews: The Suicide Squad
After taking a break I’m back with some good ole movie reviews. And what better film to review than The Suicide Squad.
The Suicide Squad is the newest DC superhero (technically supervillain) movie written and directed by James Gunn from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It also features the return of Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courntey, and Viola Davis as Harley Quinn, Rick Flagg, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller from the first film, along with introducing Idris Elba, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, and Sylvester Stallone into the mix as Bloodsport, Peacemaker, The Thinker, Polka-Dot Man, Ratcatcher, and King Shark respectively.
Amanda Waller has deployed the Suicide Squad (otherwise known as Task Force X) to yet another suicidal mission. This time it’s to destroy a research facility in a war-torn South American country that contains an alien lifeform capable of wiping out the human race (aka Starro the Conqueror if you’ve seen the trailers). And that's about it. Action, death, blood and gore, and a walking, talking shark are in this movie.
This movie was a huge improvement over the first film. Everything, just everything, was so much better.
I actually like all these new characters introduced in this movie. Most of them are unknown to me with the exception of King Shark, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flagg, Amanda Waller, and Polka-Dot Man. It seems like they’re scrapping from the bottom of the barrell for DC characters but it works in this movie’s favor. Unlike the first film they actually took time and developed these characters, making the audience sympathize for them. I know, it’s crazy to think that anyone would have sympathy for a shark person that literally eats people but the movie pulled it off.
Speaking of characters they're all great. I really liked Bloodsport in this movie. Originally Idris Elba was hired on to be recasted as Deadshot but James Gunn and Warner Bros. decided against it in case they bring back Will Smith for any project. Smart move on their part. I was worried that Bloodsport was going to be a knock-off of Deadshot but he proved himself to be his own character. I also liked Peacemaker and John Cena's performance. The guy can really act if given a good script. I like the scenes where him and Bloodsport try to one up each other because they essentially have the same background. And there's also Ratcatcher (technically she is the second rendition of the Ratcatcher with her father being the first), who was the heart of the Suicide Squad. I loved her. But the biggest show stealer was King Shark. He was the best character in the whole movie. Stallone probably made some easy money but dammit he gave it his all in this role.
This film was also funny as all hell. James Gunn knows how to make a funny movie. There are a number of scenes and dialogue that just had me bursting out with laughter. The film is very self aware and doesn't take itself too serious. Everyone knows how ridiculous the movie trully is and they just live it up.
It also lives up to its R-rating. Yeah I know I've complained about some comic book movies having unnecessary R-ratings like Birds of Prey and Hellboy (2019), but I believe this was a movie that needed an R-rating. There's great action sequences and some really gory kills in this movie. Again it all works. Everything in this movie works.
Well maybe not everything. For example I think the major issue this film has is its villains. That always seems to be a reoccuring problem with some comic book movies. We have three main villains (technically four) in this movie and the movie, as is the audience, is not interested in them. Two of the villains are typical dictators and one of them is an actual comic book character, the Thinker. Yet the film doesn't do much with any of them. As for the fourth villain I can't say much due to spoilers, but I think you can guess which one I'm referring to. That said character was a better villain than the three mentioned. Hell, I even felt bad for it towards the end.
Overall, The Suicide Squad is a much better film all thanks to James Gunn's brilliant directing and writing. They took a simple premise as a team of supervillains forced to work for the government and turned it into an absolutely fun movie. This is arguably one of the better films in the DCEU. If DC and Warner Bros. can keep making movies like this and bring in talent like this, they might just give Marvel a run for their money. Or at the very least they'll finally catch up to Marvel after all these years.
-Actual character development
-Fucking King Shark MVP
-Hilarious as Hell
-Great action & gore
-Maybe some villain characters
Final Grade: A-
So those are my thoughts on The Suicide Squad. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? Please be kind leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews here on Prose!
Bloodsport: “No one likes a show-off.”
Peacemaker: “Unless what they’re showing off is dope as fuck.”
Bloodsport: “Fuck, that’s true.”