The Suicide Squad (2021)

As cinemas have gradually been getting back to normal, a lot has been riding on the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The sequel to the much maligned 2016 film, Suicide Squad, The Suicide Squad may not have a title that clearly distinguishes it from its predecessor but the standard in overall quality couldn’t be further apart. Following some familiar faces led by Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) as well as some new villains such as Bloodsport (Idris Elba) and Peacemaker (John Cena), the Squad must infiltrate the South American country of Corto Maltese to prevent an experiment that threatens the US. What follows is a film full of twists and turns that brings the best of comic movies by incorporating a gripping storyline combined with imaginative characters and great special effects. The Suicide Squad lives up to the hype and shows that there is more to these characters then we were led to believe in the 2016 film.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad combines a cartoonish style with extreme violence resulting in a film that is fun to watch. Gunn proves himself the perfect match for this franchise and has helped propel it back to where it can be and in turn, giving it a future for more Suicide Squad films. If Birds of Prey displayed just how well the Harley Quinn character can lead a film, The Suicide Squad shows that there is even more that can be done with the character. Gunn has clearly thought back to the 2016 film and written a film that incorporates what works and what doesn’t. The script is much tighter and concise while giving the characters the development they need and ensuring that there are plenty of action scenes. One big improvement for this film was the soundtrack which is more controlled and doesn’t flit from one song to the next which is what happened with the 2016 film. All in all, James Gunn is what this franchise needed and it will be interesting to see if he is involved in any of the sequels.

Margot Robbie brings another memorable performance as Harley Quinn. Showing why she is one of the most in demand actresses working today, Robbie is highly charismatic and charming as Quinn, who has moved on from the tragedies regarding her ex once and for all. What is refreshing about The Suicise Squad is that it is an action film that relies heavily on Quinn and with the success of Birds of Prey, was a brilliant decision. Many of the highlights in the film are attributed to Robbie’s performance and that frantic energy she brings to the role. The best scene I the film is one that sees her break out of her captivity with the combination of her many confrontations with military personnel and fluid cinematography creating a sequence that is captivating and violent to watch.

When it comes to the supporting cast, there are a slew of strong performances. With a few returning faces such as Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnamin) and plenty of new characters such as Bloodsport (Idris Elba) and Peacemaker (John Cena) but the highlight by far is Sylvestor Stallone’s incredible voice work as King Shark. Stallone is one of the most iconic action stars and has a strong filmography to boot but it’s easy to forget just how funny he can be. His villainous turn in Robert Rodriguez’s 2003 spy comedy Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over as The Toymaker is brilliantly funny and incorporates plenty of charisma. He channels a similar energy in his performance as King Shark which, despite being a character with limited communicative skills, is just as lovable and developed as the rest of the Squad.

Overall, The Suicide Squad was what Suicide Squad could and should have been. Combining the fun of the comics with flourishing colours and action that flies off the screen, James Gunn appears to have shown us how great this franchise is and the potential it has in the future. Hopefully Gunn has even more ideas up his sleeve for the next installment and it will expand more into the DC Universe.

What did you think of The Suicide Squad? Let me know in the comments below!

The Suicide Squad is available to watch in cinemas now!

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