The Suicide Squad, or Suicide Squad 2, might be my second favorite DC movie of all time. Flaws included.
After the fantastic failure of the first movie, Warner Brothers hired James Gunn to “fix” the franchise. And he most definitely did.
While going R-rated was an excellent choice, ditching most of the cast from the first movie was even a better one. Without going into spoilers, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) might be the only two characters that were saved from the first installment, and for good reason.
Let’s make one thing clear, Harley Quinn shines with Robbie and it shows. Even if the movie is technically an ensemble with amazing cast (hello Idris Elba), Robbie has her own sub-plot going on. It’s enough to notice that she’s the only member of the squad to get that treatment.
Don’t get me wrong, the story isn’t amazing or anything special, but the over-the-top action and side-splitting gags make this Suicide Squad a major improvement if not a complete triumph. However, it gets by on its performances specially from Robbie, Elba, and Daniela Melchior with her portrayal of Ratcatcher 2.
To be honest, I was disappointed when they killed a “certain hero” and figured out a way to let another one live (hello HBO Max spin-offs). I really wished it were the other way around because the character who survived was just annoying. Yes, we’re not going to name names because it would be a spoiler.
Finally, a special shout out to King Shark and Sylvester Stallone. Even with tiny amount of dialog he got, King Shark was pure comedy gold and the standout among everyone. Let the money roll from all the merchandising!
Should you watch it?
Envisioned by the twisted mind of writer-director James Gunn, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced movie that plays to the source material’s violent, anarchic strengths. Within the first minutes, characters are killed. A lot of them.
Where can I watch it?
The Suicide Squad is now playing in theater.