The Suicide Squad (2021) Review

RATING: 3.5/5

A supervillain team go on a suicide mission to save the world from a giant starfish.

A big improvement over the predecessor.

One big praise I’m giving the movie was that it made one care for the team. One got introduced to the squad from the beginning and one followed them to the end. Similar to the first one, but the key difference here was that there were more scenes of the members interacting with each other. Thus allowing more character development to come into fruition and make one feel the weight that was placed on their shoulders.

While there might have been a few characters that didn’t receive a lot of depth or didn’t get to shine comedically, I will say I prefer the characters presented here than in the first.

The best new characters were Bloodsport and Ratcatcher 2, the latter being my favorite. I liked the father/daughter dynamic they had that was built in the bus scene and in the climax. It was kind of touching and again, it added nice weight for drama.

The other new characters, Peacemaker, Polka-Dot Man, and King Shark, were fine to decent. They definitely had their moments in terms of either action or humor. I’m surprised the movie made me kind of liked Polka-Dot Man. The scenes where he visualized his mother were nice, especially in the climax.

As far as recurring characters from the previous movie, Harley Quinn was still fun to see and her little mayhem in the building was probably the best action scene. In terms of the cinematography and the 2D visuals. Amanda Waller was still a force not to be messed with or crossed. It was a bit of a shame to see Rick Flag and Captain Boomerang go.

For the most part, the comedy hit pretty well. The Milton bit was the absolute best, still smiling just thinking about. Though there were moments where the comedy didn’t land. Which led to jokes being too cheesy or jokes being stretched out for an awkward or unnecessary amount of time. The best example of this was King Shark prancing around with the sea creatures nearing the end.

The style/direction I liked. James Gunn certainly elevated the comic-book feel for this move unlike the prior. The colors popped from the nice comic-accurate costumes or the blood splatter. The tone was more appropriate with its light-hearted and fun approach. To which it kept liked that throughout. It wasn’t like in the last one where it was tonally off with being light-hearted, dark, and moody. The transitions were a neat thing to watch as the words blended in with the environment.

While the new movie brought elements from the film prior that it improved on, it brought elements back that weren’t certainly needed or should have been executed better. Bloodsport’s character was almost a carbon-copy of Deadshot. Both were black marksman trying to make amends with their daughter. Much like with Killer Croc being the weakest character, King Shark was the weakest here. Again, I would take the latter, but to me a lot of what he performed was childish. No offense to Stallone.

The villains, much like the last, were not that great. Granted, Starro was cool to see destroying buildings and commanding an army. But he, along with the other baddies, were not written that well. Or in Starro’s case, not given enough lines.

Some of the action can be a little frantic with the quick-cut editing.

“The Suicide Squad” is a big improvement over “Suicide Squad.” It has its issues sure, but all in all the characters, direction, tone, and humor were all better displayed. I would much rather follow the team portrayed here than the ones in the last. Director James Gunn proves he can deliver the goods for both Marvel and DC.

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