‘The Suicide Squad’: Bloodier and Better Than Ever
I have been waiting for The Suicide Squad in excitement from the moment it was announced. And it absolutely didn’t disappoint. More than that, it was freaking incredible! It’s probably not good that I’ve begun to prefer the supervillain movie over the heroes. But with movies like this one, how could I not? Especially when Harley Quinn is involved. Because it’s no secret that she’s my favorite. So keep reading for my review of The Suicide Squad. But be warned before you go any further, there may be major spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to be spoiled, then I would strongly recommend that you turn back now! Otherwise, read on!
Let’s meet our squad! We did get some returning characters. More specifically, Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn, and Rick Flag. Amanda is as badass as ever and has even less patience for nonsense and bullshit. Harley is looking absolutely amazing and has gone full red and black. She’s also as bloodthirsty as ever. And I love her all the more for it. It was great to see Rick Flag back for another go around! I’m not sure if this is officially being considered a reboot or a sequel. So I’m not sure if I’m supposed to just forget about June or not. But if I am, I’m finding it difficult. The entire other movie was about Rick and his crusade to save her. And there’s no mention of her in this one. So maybe we are supposed to go with reboot. Even though it has some major sequel vibes.
I’m also in the minority when I say I enjoyed the first film. But I do have to say that this one went harder, gave even more action, and also provided more character depth. For new members we got the kickass Bloodsport who definitely lives by the motto take no prisoners. We also got the hilarious Peacemaker, who was clearly a little confused about what his name actually meant. But it was hilarious all the same. Then there was Ratcatcher 2. I didn’t think I was going to like her all that much but I actually ended up loving her! Polka Dot Man was played by our MacGyver alum David Dastmalchian and was funnier than I expected. Then we had King Shark. And I won’t lie, after watching the advertisements for this film, I thought he was going to be annoying. But he was another one I enjoyed.
Not So Serious
What made The Suicide Squad so different, or at least one of the many things, was that it didn’t take itself so seriously. While there were epic fight scenes and an overall plot, it was just simply entertaining. While the movie rings in at a little over two hours, it certainly doesn’t feel that way. Between the fight scenes, the witty one liners, and the shockingly emotional scenes, it feels as if it’s over far too soon. And that’s not an easy feat. But I’m not surprised that James Gunn was able to achieve said feat. He seems to have a magical way about him when it comes to making a movie enjoyable in a million different ways. I’m not usually a fan of senseless bloodshed. But this film found me gasping and laughing at some of the kills that were seen in all their gory glory.
Something else James Gunn is able to magically do is make me actually care about the feelings of CGI rats. I genuinely cared about Sebastian and I am right there with Bloodsport when it comes to being genuinely terrified of the creature. On top of that, I found myself feeling bad for King Shark and wanting him to have all of the best things. So if I ever doubted it before, which I don’t think I did, I certainly don’t doubt now that James Gunn is a freaking master at his craft. On top of that we got the gift that is Taika Waititi as Ratcatcher and that was definitely the cherry on top of what felt like one hell of a movie sundae! The Suicide Squad genuinely showed why it’s better when the motivation for a movie is to have fun and not take itself so seriously!
One thing I enjoy the most, especially when it comes to superhero movies is the epic fight scene at the end. There’s just nothing like it. But whatever expectations I had for the final fight scene, what we got in this film blew those out of the water. First of all, Harley’s fight was freaking glorious and my jaw hit the floor at her first kill and I didn’t pick it up until taking a few moments of silence after her final one. Then came that scene. You know the one. The epic team walking into battle scene we all know and love. There’s rain, kickass music, and our ragtag team of delinquent rejects. And I was living for it! Watching them kick that strange alien starfish’s ass all the way back to space was freaking sweet! Though I’m still upset over the loss of Rick. Especially by Peacemaker’s hand.
So if you’re looking for something fun, action packed, and hilarious, look no further than this film! Because it offers all that and more. But I do recommend that you ask yourself if you’re squeamish before streaming or viewing. Because it offers gore by the truckload! If you’ve already seen it, what did you think of The Suicide Squad? Are you as in love with it as I am? Do you consider it a reboot or a sequel? What were your thoughts on the original? Was there a character that you were hoping to see that wasn’t present? Which character was your favorite? Find and follow us on Twitter @capeandcastle to share all of your thoughts with us! Be sure to also check out our site for more content on all things Disney and beyond!