Thoughts on James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (2021)

When RED by HBO was discontinued, I cancelled my HBO Go membership. The films Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) were the biggest draws. Also, I did appreciate the choices HBO Go provided. But when Red by HBO was dropped in July 2021, it wasn’t worth it.

I then promised myself that I would subscribe to HBO Go when it had new movies or shows I was interested in. Thankfully, Globe contacted to offer us an upgrade that included freebies, one of which is an HBO Go subscription. Since there are so many new movies, I figured why not? In any case, I wanted faster Internet speed.

Emphasis on THE

The first movie to review is Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action-adventure written and directed by James Gunn. The Suicide Squad, a superhero adventure stars a group of the most criminally inclined DC characters.

The deadliest jail in the United States is Belle Reve. The most dangerous task today? Joining the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. This is where the worst Super-Villains are held, where they will do anything to get out. Bring together a group of criminals, such as Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin, and everyone’s favourite lunatic, Harley Quinn. Then heavily arm them and literally drop them on the isolated, enemy-infested island of Corto Maltese.

With just Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to discipline them and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, watching their every move, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission while trudging through a jungle teeming with militant opponents and guerilla troops. And as usual, one mistake results in death (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). The wise money is against everyone placing bets if anyone is doing so.

Essentially the same principles apply. But this particular squad is a lot more entertaining.

The wild narrative and crazy production of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (2021) contrast sharply with the first. This movie has no fears at all.

If you look closely, Suicide Squad (2016) was intended to resemble something similar. Although it may not be as colourful, I’m fairly certain that this was their intention. Do you still remember the 2016 trailers that had us all so excited? It was thrilling yet very dark!

But in the end, the story was a muddle, the characters weren’t appealing, and none of the elements from the trailers was there in the final cut. We were certainly let down.

Contrastingly, the 2021 film is more colourful and entertaining, but the grim humour is still present. Furthermore, they don’t hesitate to wipe out characters. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Rick Flag! In 2016, I didn’t like him, but in 2021, I liked his presence.

THE Chemistry

And that is why it made me sad because the characters in The Suicide Squad (2021) showed more chemistry than in the 2016 movie! I immediately thought Rick Flag, Bloodsport, and Peacemaker were THE DC Comics’ Trinity we were looking for! And that is not all!

Do you still remember the initial team, which first arrived in Corto Maltese and served as a diversion? I liked their company even though they were barely introduced and barely appeared on film. And the A.R.G.U.S. agents are included in that.

Keep in mind that it is not important how long you were visible on the screen. It all comes down to giving characters enough time for the audience to like and remember them.

The perfect example would be The Galaga Guy in the MCU!

THE Narrative

It’s not only about The Squad or Task Force X or how colourful the movie is, but James Gunn did a terrific job of presenting a crazy story with crazy characters. He didn’t waste any time and jumped right into the action.

Also, I didn’t really see any extraneous scenes that he included. Although, he did put that concept in. Do you remember when the Squad discovers the rebel base and massacres the soldiers before discovering that Sol Soria, the rebel leader, had saved Rick Flag? Task Force X didn’t need to do that unnecessary action. But that was the sense of humour from a group of the worst Super-Villains.

Additionally, this spectacular super-villain tale was shown at a trying time. Despite having a $185 million budget, the movie brought in $168.7 million at the box office. But the reviews were positive due to the quality of the film. It’s good that HBO Go has it available so that more people may watch it.

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