Director James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” is more “Deadpool” than “Guardians of the Galaxy” because the film is more Quentin Tarantino than MCU.
A sequel to the 2016 film disaster, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) organizes more supervillains to face the impossible mission, willing to sacrifice these characters to achieve mission.
After the stylish cold open, Gunn never let’s the audience forget they are in a comic book film, pushing characters beyond their limits, murdering and being murdered.
The marketing warns audiences that the film showcases an all-star cast, but “Don’t get attached” and well, don’t.
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The R-rating, the gore and F-bombs fly as Gunn digs into the dark side of the Squad. More like “Dredd” than “Guardians” at times, “The Suicide Squad” immerses the audience into the mission, surrounded by these bizarre characters, learning to care about them and laugh along with their insane antics.
Riddled with minor flaws, the simple story is a fanboy joyride ripped from the pages of a comic book. King Shark is more lovable than Groot, you may laugh but miss Milton and most likely will be sad at the loss of a major character or two.
Stick around until the very end of the credits to enjoy two teases.
The Suicide Squad is Rick Flag (a heroic Joel Kinnaman, used much more effectively than in the 2016 film), the mental case Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Blackguard (Pete Davidson), T.D.K. (Nathan Fillion), Javelin (Flula Borg), Mongal (Mayling Ng), and the Weasel (Sean Gunn), which is a wide-eyed, six-foot, well, weasel and Savant (Gunn regular Michael Rooker),
The cast just keeps getting better with Bloodsport (Idris Elba), the blindly patriotic Peacemaker (John Cena), the insecure Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), the Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), the King Shark (Sylvester Stallone) and the Thinker, played by Peter Capaldi.