The Suicide Squad (2021) Film Review

Director: James Gunn

Writer: James Gunn

Stars: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena

RATING: 4 Stars

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Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. – From IMDB

Despite many opinions to the contrary, I actually didn’t hate the original David Ayer version. It had flaws, quite a lot of them, but it was complete, mindless entertainment, and sometimes, that’s all I need to get me through a film. This film, is like that original, on steroids. The kills are bloodier, the jokes cruder, the villains weirder, and it just come together into one great big wacky, bloody ball of amazingness.

This time around we have a brand new bunch of ‘heroes’, along with a few familiar faces as well, and I feel like Gunn literally found the weirdest set of superpowers that he could, and threw them altogether to see what happened. Of course the result is absolute chaos, but incredibly funny, and gory chaos. Some of our smaller characters get bumped off quite near the beginning as you would guess, but all in truly spectacular fashion, that will make you laugh rather than cry. And that is a running theme throughout this film. Aside from a few more tender moments, there is nothing that James Gunn doesn’t use as a set up for a joke or funny moment, which could get a little tiresome, but the writing is so quick witted and darkly fanny, that even someone like me, who frequently finds comedies tedious, was laughing the whole time.

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The whole cast is made up of incredibly competent actors. Margot Robbie returns once again as Harley Quinn, a role she is becoming as synonymous with as RDJ and Iron Man. She still brings the same joy and mania to the role as she did the first time she played her, and I still love seeing her onscreen, adn thankfully, becoming much less sexualised. Idris Elba as Bloodsport was a great addition to the team, his dry, sarcastic humour and ‘totally over everything’ attitude gave more more laughs than almost anything else. But it is John Cena’s Peacemaker that steals nearly every scene he is in. His humour is completely dead-pan, he truly embodies the character and he was hilarious.

The film is of course littered with James Gunn’s incomparable needle drops of some truly epic songs. A signature of his now that I hope will never go away. The villain of the piece while a bit ridiculous in both motive and appearance proved enough of a challenge for our team not to be incredibly overpowered, always a worry with a team this strong.

Those disappointed in the original will hopefully find a lot of their concerns dealt with here, and for the rest of us, it is just great to slip back into this story, and enjoy yourself.

The suicide Squad is in UK cinemas now!

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