“The Suicide Squad” is the entertainment par excellence
Yes, it took me so long to write about this that I’ll call my unofficial official movie review somehow mixed with my thoughts on “The Suicide Squad”. Basically these are basically two reviews that I put together into one because there is something I have in the works for my next column. I have also done the arduous task of watching every DC movie released, starting with the era of the Batman movies led by Christopher Nolan and ending with “The Suicide Squad”. Hey, I might as well be enjoying my time at home most of the time because of the pandemic.
I really enjoyed the movie “The Suicide Squad”. It certainly lived up to the expectations of most of us and it was so good that I rarely thought of the first one that came out a few years before this one. Much of the credit goes to director James Gunn who, I will say, made a film that even surpassed every other superhero-themed movie he was tasked with directing. Certainly, there is no doubt that Gunn belongs to the league of visionary directors and writers who can leave his indelible mark on any film he has the power to take charge of.
Obviously Gunn had a lot of fun with “The Suicide Squad” and had complete creative freedom to do whatever he saw fit and he was successful. Being able to have no restrictions has been clearly used here and the end result is undoubtedly in favor of all comic book collectors.
“The Suicide Squad” feels fresh, new, and a complete overhaul of its first release “Suicide Squad,” which, however, wasn’t a bad movie on its own at all. But compared to the latter, the former was far from the level of cinematic experience that one can get. It’s so rare to have a reboot / remake of a movie that outperforms the first in every possible category. And that’s what sets “The Suicide Squad” apart from other reboots / remakes of this type.
Now let’s move on to the new cast of DC comic book characters that have made their jump to the big screen here. From Bloodsport, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, Peacemaker, Ratcatcher 2, Javelin, Weasel, etc. Plus, the return of familiar faces in Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag, and Amanda Waller. The new pick from DC’s supervillains B to C list here matches the weirdness, weirdness, and weirdness of what many of us comic book collectors have always loved about comic books. “The Suicide Squad” comics.
Let’s say it as it is without any coating. They’re the misfits of DC Comics’ supervillain list. All of them have their own charm and appeal that prompts you to support them. This is a motley collection of misfit dolls who, in reality, shouldn’t be able to work together, but still miraculously find a way to complete the mission, even at the expense of most of them, as shown. perfectly and brutally the first arc. of the movie.
This scene alone of the first team getting slaughtered was an example of why they were given this nickname, The Suicide Squad, because the villainous, manipulative and deceptive Amanda Waller has known from the very beginning that her top program Secret that was first dubbed Task Force X before it was replaced by the more popular, the Suicide Squad is meant to serve as a death sentence for the super-villains incarcerated under its watch.
On another related topic, I enjoyed what they did with the portrayal of Harley Quinn here as they managed to rationalize her on-screen character and make her a damsel-in-distress type heroine, which would require the second team of the Suicide Squad to save her. Excellent subplot, that’s it! For young filmmakers, this is an example of Cinema 101, which is having someone that moviegoers can seek out to be saved and the payoff will always appease moviegoers in the end. Yes, even though Harley Quinn was able to escape her captors, the motivation, planning and execution to try to save her was still there.
Starro the Conqueror was a freak of nature, a supervillain. This is the first time that a Godzilla-sized super-villain has appeared in a DC film. Starro’s size alone was a surprising sight to see, and posed a gigantic problem for the surviving members of the team. What a way to have all the events leading up to this! It was a jaw-dropping moment for all moviegoers as it was worth the wait to see this giant alien starfish from DC Comics infamy be the last big villain Bloodsport and society have to end. , or maybe cause the entire human race to be brainwashed slavery, because the surviving members of the team know what Starro wants to do.
For such a violent, gory, and disturbing film in some snippets of some scenes here, James Gunn’s craftsmanship is almost Pulp Fiction-esque and it’s not over-praising him but stating a clear fact; if you can overcome those things that would put off some moviegoers, you’ll see here that “The Suicide Squad” serves to expand the possibilities of thematic direction that future DC films can achieve.
All in all, James Gunn’s extremely clever flick, “The Suicide Squad” is a movie for all comic book readers, movie buffs, and anyone who just wants to have a good time for a few hours and be distracted from everything else. Like I said, “The Suicide Squad” is the ultimate entertainment.
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