The Suicide Squad MOVIE REVIEW

The Suicide Squad film is a lovely thrill ride that grabs your attention and subverts expectations. The new Squad, led by the dangerous Bloodsport, must stop a dictatorial regime from unleashing a hidden threat onto the world.

The Suicide Squad is directed by James Gunn, director of Marvel’s ever popular Guardians of The Galaxy films. It stars Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, David Dastalmachian, Viola Davis, Sylvester Stallone, and Daniela Melchior. Other cast includes heavy hitters like Peter Capaldi, Jai Courtney, Pete Davidson, and Nathan Fillion.

Needless to say this film is pretty rad. Every action scene is a bloody good time and the characters are fantastic. The entire team has great chemistry, which shows Gunn’s near perfect ability to make a group of misfits lovable. Idris Elba’s Bloodsport makes a great leader of the team, Harley Quinn was amazing as always, Dastalmachian’s Polka Dot Man and Melchior’s Ratcatcher 2 are the heart of this film, and King Shark is like the carnivorous Groot that is always funny. I didn’t see John Cena but Peacemaker was a good foil to Bloodsport and a character you end up loving to hate. To those who laughed at that, I salute you.

It does so much right that it’s hard to find flaws. The violence and dark humor might not be for everyone. The film’s humor is a lot closer to Deadpool than Guardians of The Galaxy. The film has so many little details about it though, like the integrated titles and the well-written character moments that any viewer could enjoy.

There is one aspect about this film that I feel like I must address about the film’s biggest bad guy. Starro works as a villain that the Suicide Squad could defeat. It’s not a situation like the one with Enchantress in the first movie. Whereas she felt like a threat better suited for the Justice League, Starro and the evil dictatorship hiding him make perfect sense as villains for the Squad to fight. Starro’s powers and presence not only make sense within the story of the film, but it also makes for an incredibly entertaining final act. 

Starro is a silly villain to begin with, and since the tone of all the Justice League films have been so dark, he doesn’t really fit as a villain for them to fight in the context of how the DCEU has been set up (even though he is the first villain the Justice League ever fought in the comics). Now enter the Suicide Squad, a team consisting of a giant shark, a lady who can talk to rats, and a dude who can shoot weaponized polka dots. It’s a pretty silly team, perfect for fighting a pretty silly villain. A silly villain that is a kaiju which can take over an entire world with mind control clones.

Instead of closing this piece by reiterating why I think this movie is good, I want to plead to Warner Bros to not write off The Suicide Squad franchise because of the box office earnings. If it weren’t for the Delta Variant leading to less people choosing to go to movie theaters and watching it on HBO Max instead, it could have made the same money that the first Suicide Squad movie did. I’m sure that when the movie comes out on Blu-Ray it’ll be a big money maker, because if James Gunn is going to make another Suicide Squad movie then I will definitely see that film in theaters. Maybe he could have Peacemaker shoot Covid in the face.

SCORE: 9/10

By Julian

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