Director: James Gunn
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 132 Minutes
Main Cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Daniela Melchior, Sylvester Stallone, David Dastmalchian, Peter Capaldi, Jai Courtney
Plot: A group of super villains are recruited by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to destroy the evidence of Project Starfish. If any of them refuse or stray from their mission, the kill switch is hit and they’ll be terminated.
My Thoughts: So I guess Warner Bros are taking a page from Disney’s book and remaking all their movies, huh? Maybe if they just got things right in the first place we wouldn’t be here but in this instance I’m grateful, because this is the Suicide Squad movie we all wanted back in 2016. It’s loud, it’s dumb, it’s funny, it’s gory, and it has a surprising amount of heart that I absolutely wasn’t expecting. No introductions needed, this movie throws us straight into the action and we’re barely minutes into the runtime before the body count starts. Heck yeah!
Margot Robbie slays it as Harley Quinn as always. What does a girl have to do to get a Gotham City Sirens movie, y’all?! Idris Elba was an excellent addition to the squad and has some of the more heartfelt moments as well as the funniest. Plus, he’s delicious. Sorry. King Shark (Sylvester Stallone) was destined to be a fan favourite after his moments in the trailer and he doesn’t disappoint. One of the best cinematic moments ever is when he gloriously picks up a man and tears him in half. That felt epic just to type! The characters who surprised me most were Ratcatcher 2 and Polka-Dot Man. Who would have thought I’d be caring so much for a girl who controls rats and a guy who throws polka-dots?!
Basically, what I’m trying to say here is this cast rocks. Even John Cena delivers, and that’s saying something. It’s just such a shame that Warner Bros handle everything so badly, because it’s tainted the run-up to the movie for me. I can’t wait to watch it again, though. It has everything I want from a comic book movie, or any movie really.
Best Bit: It’s basically impossible to pick just one moment. Bloodsport and Peacemaker slaughtering a village and making obscene gestures at each other. TDK and…that. Harley Quinn saving her own damn ass and not needing anyone’s help. Nom nom! Idris Elba just existing. The options are endless!
Worst Bit: I’m nitpicking now because I enjoyed the movie so much. But I adore Viola Davis and when all the other characters were so fleshed out, hers is one dimensional and I’d have loved to have seen what it is that drives her to be the cold-hearted agent that she is. Also, the end-credits scene was a bit meh, but that’s really all I can fault!
Fun Trivia: James Gunn wasn’t refused permission to use any character he wanted. However, he purposely chose to use mostly lesser known characters. In a tweet Gunn wrote, “I considered many more well-known heroes and outlaws but I wanted to stick with Ostrander’s original vision of mostly second-rate antagonists.”
My Rating: 4 and a half starfish which, you know, is slang for butthole…