The Suicide Squad (2021) movie review (feat. Kip Nazda)
The Suicide Squad (2021) movie review
Released earlier this month, The Suicide Squad is a sequel/soft reboot of the 2016 film of almost the same name. Like the original, and featuring several returning cast members, this DC comics film follows a group of criminals who are tasked with saving the world in exchange for time off their probably life sentences. While the 2016 film, directed by David Ayer (at no fault to him whatsoever), was a critical dud, currently holding the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score of any film in the DCEU, it had a killer opening weekend at the box office, ending up with a worldwide gross that would be considered a success even for a film with a $175 million budget. THE Suicide Squad, this time directed by James Gunn, scored high with critics and audiences alike! Those who went to see it anyway, as the film has yet to recoup its budget at the box office.
Now you may be asking yourself, didn’t we already post a thing about both Suicide Squads? That’s right! Neither of us were big on the film, so I really wanted to tackle it while comparing it to a film that I don’t hate as much as I should. That said, for the second save in a row, we have a mini review from Kip Nazda which not only lines up a bit more with the positive word of mouth, but will save you some time if you don’t want to read the larger 2-in-1 review we wrote. (You should read both and like both and comment on both because you guys are just that awesome!) But regardless, here’s Kip’s take in The Suicide Squad! (The second one.)
“The Suicide Squad is a remake of the 2016 Version of the same title. Although this version was directed by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy). Gunn takes the movie and runs with it. It flows nicely and has that ‘Birds of Prey with Deadpool’ mixed together. I really enjoyed how Gunn made each character and allowed them to shine in their own way. My favorite heroes in this were: Bloodsport (Elba), Harley Quinn (Robbie) and King Shark (Stallone) Runner up: Polka-Dot Man (yes from the Batman arc). Harley Quinn needs no introduction, but it was King Shark who stole the show with perfectly timed comedic points, and Idris Elba jumping in with his one liners. Overall, the story felt the same as a typical super hero movie, but Gunn allows development and has “Chapters” (nod to the Synder Cut).
Overall, I think this was the Best DC movie to date (I’m saying this as a huge Batman fan). The cons of the film would be some of the pacing, “the villain,” and some of the Viola Davis moments, although she does play a great role. If Gunn can bring some light into the DC world, them we can hope for better, as Marvel as dominated the scene for some time, and hope we don’t get another “Wonder Women 1984” (still reeling from that). 7/10, it’s a super hero movie, but a damn good one.
So Suicide Squad, what did you think? Did you stream on HBO Max? Go to the theater?
-review by Kip Nazda