The Suicide Squad review: a desecrating success

Here is our review of The Suicide Squad, by James Gunn, which drags us into the room with a completely new, crazy and brutal DC movie

ORIGINAL TITLE: The Suicide Squad. GENRE: Action / Cinecomic. COUNTRY: USA. DIRECTOR: James Gunn. CAST: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman, Taika Waititi, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, David Dastmalchian, Pete Davidson, Freddie Stroma, Sean Gunn, Peter Capaldi, John Ostrander, Storm Reid. time: 131 minutes. DISTRIBUTION: Warner Bros.. EXIT: August 5, 2021.

DC Comics at the cinema has always had its ups and downs, mostly struggling to find a personality separate from its uncomfortable Marvel sister. But when that was announced James Gunn would direct the new film dedicated to the group of insane super villains DC, all agreed that The Suicide Squad would have eclipsed the previous clumsy attempt to bring the super antiheroes to the screen, giving a breath of fresh air in the sector of the cinecomic.

The choice of the director, after watching the film, seemed perfect to us and, in this review of The Suicide Squad – Suicide mission, we can only confirm the goodness of those expectations. James Gunn infuses his fun and irreverent streak into the new cinematic version of these incorrect and over the top characters, achieving the goal that the previous Suicide Squad had missed, and manages to have fun, surprise us and, we are not ashamed to say it, even make us reflect and get excited. A success across the board!

Plot and trailer | The Suicide Squad Review

The premise of The Suicide Squad – Suicide Mission does not differ at all from that of the previous film: a group of super-criminals locked up in Belle Reve, the prison with the highest death rate in the United States, agrees to take part in the super secret Task Force X to complete a very high-risk mission on the small island of Corto Maltese. The islet is currently under the aegis of a military regime hostile to the United States, and hides a very dangerous secret weapon on which many would like to get their hands and, above all, do it in secret. So the suicide mission is entrusted by Amanda Waller to Rick Flag, who also returns to command Harley Quinn. Everything goes wrong, but fortunately there is a daring plan B to be implemented.

If the premise is similar, because ultimately it is the only thing that can possibly justify the collaboration of a heterogeneous group of supervillains antieroi for a common purpose, the criteria with which the team is put together are different and highlight the irreverent spirit of its author, who directly and indirectly makes fun of the concept of “individuals chosen for their unique ability”.

The Suicide Squad review: a desecrating success

Thanks to James Gunn (perhaps no one else could have aimed for that) there are charismatic and classic characters such as Bloodsport by Idris Elba | and Peacemaker of John Cena, but also real clumsy freaks like Ratcatcher II (Daniela Melchior) who has the superpower to control mice, The Detachable Kid (the always exceptional Nathan Fillion) who has the superpower to detach his arms and use them as weapons – with unimpressive results, as expected – and a depressed Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) who, among various suicidal instincts, throws the polka dots of his costume by way of bullets.

Crazy and hyperviolent | The Suicide Squad Review

In short, madness reigns supreme from the beginning to the end of the film, which villain is Star Conqueror, a giant starfish who wants to take over the human race. Against the backdrop of this cast, it’s no surprise that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn can at times become the leader of the group. Fortunately, it comes out of the shadow of a Joker not even mentioned and enters the well-oiled gears of the group of superantiheroes, also finding its own dignity rich in partly unprecedented nuances (and a visual rendering that supports and enhances them), as well as the best sequence that sees her protagonist in the three films in which she has appeared up to now. The character is the perfect embodiment of the author’s operation, which makes his The Suicide Squad a choral film in which each protagonist has his space, his peculiarity that makes him unique, his well-deserved unforgettable moment.

Harley Quinn and the caves thus take part in two hours of pure delirium, violence and fun, in a film with a complete sense (incredible but true) that entertains, entertains and also knows how to thrill without ever missing a beat and even aiming to pose “adult” problems. The characters are very many it is true, but beyond their permanence on screen, they are all treated with extreme respect and, even in their death (with some twists) they empathize, obviously within the limits of cinecomic characters. In any case, we would like to say, if the DC comics were true, we might expect their transposition to be as described by Gunn.

The Suicide Squad review: a desecrating success

Music and stage effects | The Suicide Squad Review

In this triumphal race without brakes, which moves agile between genius and madness, incorrectness and reflexivity, we are not surprised to find an engaging musical component, with the usual, precious selection of songs set up by the director to accompany and define the exploits of his crazy team. In line with what you can expect from James Gunn after the two chapters of Guardians of the Galaxy, the musical choices are revealed not only catchy and of level from the artistic point of view, but also adequate to underline moments of the plot and characters.

In the same way, the means of Warner Bros. make the vision enjoyable and fluid even where characters completely created in CGI are found. Once again it is not surprising to be able to identify with a story taken de plano from comics. Obviously not forgetting some changes in the costumes functional to a better enjoyment of the story. Even in this respect it is incredible how much it is James Gunn’s stylistic code is evident and recognizable, even in a work in which he could have his hands tied. Its aesthetic is unique, in this case released from the family target, which allows the director to let go of the most incorrect and extreme side of his creativity, peppering the whole with references to popular culture.


From the conclusion of this review of The Suicide Squad – Obviously the winner is its author, James Gunn. A bet won by those who bet on his hand and his stylistic code, even in a film that is ultimately different from those that brought him to the fore. Different because here there creativity of the director is unbridled and indulges in violence, blood and irreverent jokes without worrying about having to be accessible to an audience of families. His Suicide Squad is what we deserved from the first movie, with each character having their space, their function and their unforgettable moment, seriously.

Hyperviolent and irreverent

Points in favor

  • James Gunn’s recognizable signature.
  • The space granted to each of the characters on the team, all equal.
  • The many references to popular culture that enrich the vision.
  • The soundtrack.

Points against

  • Maybe at times too over the top.

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