The Suicide Squad

James Gunn and a group of outcast, weirdo unfamiliar characters… magic!

After taking a talking racoon and a talking tree and giving the MCU a certified hit with the Guardians of the Galaxy, he wound up over at DC to give it a chance with The Suicide Squad, the second opportunity to make this group of villains work. Although the initial Suicide Squad made a decent amount of money and won an Oscar for makeup, it was considered a failed movie, believed by many to suffer from studio interference.

After seeing the film, I can’t imagine that there was any studio interference in The Suicide Squad because it is batshit crazy.

Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is back at it, recruiting super villains for a vital mission to head into the island of Corto Maltese, where they needed to destroy a project being carried out by the military. Making a deal with the super villains where a successful mission would result with 10 years off their sentence. The drawback… they insert a bomb in their head that will be detonated if the villains try to do something besides what the mission’s parameters were.

We start off with the team led by Col. Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), that included Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Savant (Michael Rooker), T.D.K. (Nathan Fillion), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Javelin (Flula Borg), Mongal (Mayling Ng), Blackguard (Pete Davidson), and Weasel (Sean Gunn). This team did not have a great deal of success.

The other team Waller sent in included Bloodshot (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior) and King Shark (Sylvester Stallone).

Not necessarily a who’s who of the DC Universe.

Taking the oddball characters and making them special is one of James Gunn’s top skill sets, and he is at it fully here. The film is also very much a Gunn type film, meaning it is extremely violent, full of humor and bloody… oh so bloody.

Without spoiling anything specific, I will say that not everybody on the two teams will be making it out alive. Again, that should not surprise you with Gunn in an R rated film.

Since he was in the trailer, I can talk about Starro. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that Starro the Conqueror would ever appear in a live-action, full release movie. Here he was. However, I have to say that I was not wild about the look of Starro, which was the one disappointment I had with The Suicide Squad.

The cast is wonderful. Margot Robbie, who has now played Harley Quinn several times, is so at ease with her character that everything that she does is perfect. Idris Elba makes a great Bloodshot. John Cena is perfectly cast as the ultra patriot Peacemaker. Viola Davis showed the vicious side of Amanda Waller, and her crew at the headquarters was an epic surprise.

The Suicide Squad is fun, funny, violent as hell and graphically bloody. It is a great time and James Gunn showed that he can imbue characters with personality and characteristics no matter how famous the character may or may not be. The Suicide Squad is a winner.

4.7 stars

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