February 2, 2023

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James Gunn’s bloody follow-up to 2016’s Suicide Squad doesn’t take itself as seriously as its predecessor and instead offers a story full of humor and heartfelt character moments amidst nonstop action. Rather than forcing audiences into the dark and gritty world of previous DC films, The Suicide Squad makes full use of its obscure characters to make for a far more fun-filled viewing experience.

That’s not to say that this is a family film. From the very beginning, James Gunn makes it clear that he isn’t afraid to highlight over-the-top death and destruction, and each kill seems to be more outlandish and gory than the last. Similar to Game of Thrones, you never know when your favorite character will die, and the first act of the film makes it very clear that no one is safe from a comically gruesome end.

The Suicide Squad

One of The Suicide Squad‘s biggest strengths lies in its characters. The film’s main team is comprised of DC characters that only die-hard comic book fans will recognize, save for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Rather than beating audiences over the head with the overdone ‘strangers that become a family’ trope, the film utilizes its two hours and 13-minute runtime to explore each characters’ point of view, highlighting who they are as people without taking anything away from the overarching plot.

Returning actress Viola Davis and Margot Robbie nail their characters to a T, while Idris Elba and John Cena do excellent jobs starring as Bloodsport and Peacemaker – two equally excessive assassins with polarized personalities. Likewise, Daniela Melchior and David Dastmalchian bring newfound depth and sympathy to their bizarre comic book counterparts, Ratcatcher and the Polka Dot Man. Lastly, we can’t forget King Shark, the hilarious walking talking great white, who is voiced by Sylvester Stallone.

Just like Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn sure knows how to make a CGI character voiced by a big tough guy the most loveable member of any comic book film.

Aside from the characters and constant action, The Suicide Squad is a pleasure to watch from an artistic standpoint. While the pacing can be a bit jarring at times, the film employs creative non-diegetic expository elements, along with a killer soundtrack that James Gunn surely picked himself. The Suicide Squad knows it’s a ridiculous movie and leans into the craziness to deliver a story that will have you forgetting about its 2016 prequel. Overall, I give The Suicide Squad four out of five stars. If you like comic books or simply have a dark sense of humor, give this movie a watch.

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