The Suicide Squad Review: DC Film is Criminally Great!
Updated: Sep 28
In an age of superhero movies, many heroes have graced the silver screen. From the Avengers to the Justice League, many superheroes have become major players in movies with the likes of team up films becoming a norm for the genre. Yet the genre has been no stranger to the likes of supervillains as they not only played a role in superhero movies, but have also starred in their own set of films as well. A cased point is none other than the team of expendable criminals known as the Suicide Squad. The team from DC comics have made appearances in several mediums but made their big screen debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad. The movie was the third entry in the DC Extended Universe and while it may not have been well received it did garner over 700 million dollars in the box office. The movie’s financial success may have been enough incentive for the studio to move forward with a sequel, and after going through various filmmakers Task Force X would finally receive their next mission in the new blockbuster: The Suicide Squad.
Directed by James Gunn, the movie centers on Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) forming another group of miscreants in order to stop a mysterious weapon from destroying the world. James Gunn is no stranger to comic book movies as his work in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies have made the filmmaker a household name, and given Gunn’s style it was interesting to see what he would do with a property such as Suicide Squad. What became of this unlikely duo was a blockbuster that was crazy, gruesome, completely ridiculous and I loved every minute of it.
Getting right into the mission, the story was an exciting thrill ride from beginning to end. While some of its points could be too straightforward and others felt rushed, the plot showed its merit through its keen direction and execution. The plot's structure was compelling as its use of multiple events taking place at the same time gave this tale a unique sense of storytelling. Furthermore, while this plot could be quickly paced it knew when to slow down and this helped the character driven element behind this crazy mission. The story culminates in a finale that was thrilling and twisted which not only led to surprising conclusion but lived up to the source behind this crazy blockbuster.
The movie featured an ensemble worthy of its genre. Whether it was the principal cast or supporting characters, this blockbuster was riddle with breakout performances. Newcomers such as Bloodsport (Idris Elba) and Peacemaker (John Cena) were fantastic as their presence and chemistry helped both members stand out while returning characters like Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) helped cement the star-studded cast. Meanwhile other characters like Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Polka Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) and King Shark (Sylvester Stallone) had terrific moments, and roles such as Savant (Michael Rooker) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) were enjoyable despite their brief screen time. When it came to villains, characters such as Thinker (Peter Capaldi) were good but lacking in screen time-though that is not to say the likes of Capaldi made each moment worthwhile. Bringing the cast together was Viola Davis as Amanda Waller whose calculating performance gave more layers to the Wall while anchoring this absurd but phenomenal cast.
The Suicide Squad was as stylish as it was gruesome. The action was simply outrageous as it blended fun sequences with crazy gore. Along with the action was the movie’s sense of humor which was as raunchy as it was clever-though some jokes did fall flat in delivery. When it came visuals, the film was a marvel to see as it balanced effects and the stylish cinematography gave the movie a vibrant presentation that was worthy of any comic book movie. Last but not least was the music. The soundtrack had a lot of variety to it and was executed in a fashionable manner, while score by John Murphy had a sense of grit to it that fitting for Task Force X. These elements were beneficial in creating a tone that the was both gritty and delightful, and in my opinion that made for a perfect atmosphere for this infamous team.
In an age of superhero movies, The Suicide Squad is quite the standout film. Between its crazy presentation and outrageous cast, this movie took the concept of superhero movies and action blockbusters and twisted them in a way that felt refreshing. Between its style and humor, The Suicide Squad is not just a dynamic entry for the DCEU, but a fantastic film that manages to steal its way into being one the year’s best.