The Suicide Squad (2021): Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Suicide Squad (2021): Movie Review

We had our serious doubts with "The Suicide Squad" especially with how DCEU (DC Extended Universe) films have fared before. The previous in particular, while entertaining, was a huge mess when it came to its narrative and writing. But color us surprised because this Suicide Squad is actually excellent in every meaningful way and it could easily be considered the best DCEU film yet.
 
Out of desperation to lessen their prison sentences, super-villains (Idris Elba, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone, David Dastmalchian, Margot Robbie, Daniela Melchior) in Belle Reve prison have joined Task Force X - a secret and shady program led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and captained by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). Their assignment this time is to go to the remote island of Corto Maltese, capture the Thinker (Peter Capaldi), and stop the nation's Project Starfish at its tracks through the destruction of a Nazi-era laboratory called J├Âtunheim.
By the time the credits rolled, we just couldn't put into words what we felt towards "The Suicide Squad" - most of it was just pure amazement and pure joy. Because this is the most dynamic, most creative, and most enjoyment we had in a superhero film in quite a long time - not only in a DCEU film but even against the best Marvel could ever bring into the table. The last time we felt like this was probably with "Deadpool" - the mix of viscious gore, witty comedy, and likable and quirky characters was perfectly cobbled together by the creators of the film. In fact, it's a testament that most of the heroes featured in "The Suicide Squad" will be completely unkown to casual viewers like us and yet we we became so invested to these characters by the time the film reached its climactic scenes. Audiences will also appreciate how this didn't feel like a cookie-cutter film like most superhero films nowadays and definitely breathes new life into a crowded genre. Another positive note for the film was its soundtrack. Like another James Gunn film ("Guardians of the Galaxy"), each song perfectly accentuated what was happening on-screen. From amazing performances, a well-paced and well-written narrative, entertaining action, amusing and relatable characters, "The Suicide Squad" is the perfect redirection that the DCEU needed. It might be too silly and hyper-violent for some but for us, this was one superhero we will remember out of the crowded many out there.          
Rating: 4 and a half reels






Why you should watch it:
- dynamic and felt fresh overall compared to other superhero films
- a deadly entertaining mix of hyper-violence, comedy, and likable characters 

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some minor narrative loose ends were completely forgotten
- the story is silly at best but it had so much heart at least

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