Review: The Suicide Squad


Title: The Suicide Squad
MPAA Rating: R
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena
Runtime: 2 hr 12 mins

What It Is: Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is once again asking a misfit group of criminals to finish a mission that could be literal suicide. Now this group of delinquents must come together in order to complete this mission. When they get there all is not and was not as it appeared. Led by Bloodsport (Elba) the group will hopefully hold together long enough to be able to get the job done. If they don’t kill one another first.

What We Think: This is a markedly better film than 2016’s Suicide Squad. That isn’t saying much given how terrible that film is. Some of the new editions are fantastic (looking at you David Dastmalchian). Some just don’t work or don’t get the time to work. John Cena in particular just isn’t working for me. Margot Robbie continues to do an excellent job with Harley Quinn. Gunn is obviously a much more eccentric personality behind the camera than David Ayers. That reaps benefits in the way of how the film feels. It features comedy which the first film didn’t understand.  No, that one sacrificed everything for the sake of being edgy. Some of the CGI is a bit iffy. Everything, while chaotic in a great way is also somehow a bit too safe.

Our Grade: B-, Surprising but too safe this is where this series should’ve been. The beauty is in the chaos of it all. This is a bloody, gory, and vulgar good time. Warner Bros. and DC took the handcuffs off of Gunn and let him do whatever the hell he wanted. This ain’t Marvel. No this is, instead an off-the-wall bonkers piece that is as fun as it is morally corrupt. That is where all the fun is after all, right?

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