The Suicide Squad Review Warning: *SPOILERS*
DC has has had a mixed bag with the DCEU films. Sure, Man of Steel was good, as was Aquaman. The Snyder Cut of Justice League was great. These were certainly an improvements on Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad.
And then I watched The Suicide Squad . This gory, vulgar 2 and a half hours was joy to watch and I am not exaggerating when I say it was quite simply the best DCEU film I have seen. James Gunn managed to combine dark humour while also being serious, and it was quite refreshing to see something more consistent than the original 2016 film. To be honest, the start of a film was quite a shock to me; I did not expect so many characters to be killed off, but the film certainly lived up to my expectations, which after seeing the reviews, were quiet high.
The chemistry between all the characters is great from the paternalism of Bloodsport to Ratcatcher 2, to the rivalry between Bloodsport and Peacemaker. The characters were portrayed well, with one really sympathising with Ratcatcher 2’s backstory and hating Peacemaker and his pompousness at times, particularly during his killing of Colonel Rick Flag. The dark humour was great and worked well when paired alongside the gore and the action.
With regards to continuity with it’s 2016 predecessor, if one can call it that, the film is more of a soft reboot. It is not necessary to watch the first film. That being said, the film does weave in exposition and backstories alongside the plot in a quick yet important way, allowing the film to focus on the characters involved.
One thing I particularly liked is how the film dealt well with this idea of undying loyalty to a nation or a loyalty to justice.. When finding out about Waller and the US Government being involved, a battle insues, with regards to whether the information should get out. Peacemaker, in his devotion to the US of A decides no, while Rick Flag deciding yes. Peacemaker kills Flag, witnessed by Ratcatcher 2, who is then saved by Bloodsport, who kills Peacemaker.
Surprisingly in this dark film, there was wholesomeness, the above mentioned paternalistic relationship with Ratcatcher 2 and Bloodsport, as well as the moment when Bloodsport’s daughter sees her father on screen and is clearly proud that her father has some good left in him.
The fact that this film weaved together many ideas and themes, along with some humour without being inconsistent is what makes it is vastly superior to the 2016 film. This film gives me a lot of hope for the future of the DCEU.