‘The Suicide Squad’ is it Worth Watching?


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James Gunn’s take on the reboot of DC’s “The Suicide Squad” is one of the most delightful and exhilarating movie experiences of 2021. 

The superhero action comedy movie is a welcome addition to the genre as it redeems the failure of David Ayer’s film “Suicide Squad” which failed to capture audiences and awed them with a failure of a movie. 

In “The Suicide Squad” James Gunn director of movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy” another critic and box office hit, a cast of completely new C tier villains like Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Polka Dot Man (David Dastmalchiar), and King Shark voiced by Sylvester Stallone band together for a black ops mission put together by a returning character from “Suicide Squad” Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) are sent to Corto Maltese a small island run by a military Dictator to uncover and extra terrestrial threat to the world known only as “Project Starfish”. 

They are joined by members from the first “Suicide Squad” who are welcome additions to the team such as Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie and Colonel Rick Flag played by Joel Kinnaman. During the course of the mission the characters are flushed out through natural arcs with chemistry between the actors and the cast of odd characters as well. 

The satirical comedy portrayed by John Cena’s Peacemaker contrasted with melancholy one liners from David Dastmalchiar’s Polka Dot Man leads to many hilarious exchanges and moments. Idris Elba puts on a stunning performance as the team’s leader who under the tough and rocky surface uncovers compassion through the course of the movie. The ridiculousness of the situation played mainly by Sylvester Stallone’s Kingshark plays into a great amount of the comedy as well. The jokes are timed perfectly and don’t overstay their welcome and the comedy never tries to make the tone of this movie something that it’s not.

The action is highly entertaining and in many instances a part of the comedy itself. The movie is rated R and does live up to the rating beautifully being something that “Guardians of the Galaxy” couldn’t and completely taking advantage of the adult rating. The blood and gore is evident and used masterfully in the action but not too much to turn audiences away. 

The pacing and storyline are done well leaving in time for a penultimate twist which will shock audiences adding a layer of depth and challenge to the climax. All the characters are given good amounts of screen time and their own moments to shine making every single one crucial to the movie which is one thing Marvel’s “Eternals” failed to accomplish. 

The movie, while not being a good fit for the whole family, is still very entertaining and a must see for any superhero movie enjoyers, or anyone who just enjoys watching a great movie.