Movie Review: The Suicide Squad (Warner Bros Pictures)

James Gunn brings us a film with a lot of blood and guts, but also has heart..of course, the heart is laying on the floor. Director James Gunn hit it […]

James Gunn brings us a film with a lot of blood and guts, but also has heart..of course, the heart is laying on the floor.

Director James Gunn hit it out of the park with both Guardians of the Galaxy films. Then in 2018, some inappropriate Tweets Gunn made years ago resurfaced. Disney had to distance themselves from the controversy. They pretty much fired him. Well, Disney’s loss because Warner Bros gain. Gunn was brought on to do the next Suicide Squad film. 

The Suicide Squad’s first film in 2016 was lackluster, to say the least. Yeah, it was God awful. It was just wrong on so many levels and emulating of Zack Snyder’s DC Universe films, and that’s not a compliment. Gunn just cleaned up that mess.

In the film, the Suicide Squad, a team made up of villains who do the government’s dirty work to get time off their sentence, have to stop something called project Starfish. Can they do it and survive? That’s the big question.

Gunn really brought his own brand of crazy and insanity to the DC Universe, and it was much needed. This movie is a wonderful mixture of superheroes, action, thrills, gore, and humor. The pacing is excellent. It knows when to allow you to take a breath. 

Like in the two Guardians films, music is really important to Gunn. The songs he picked for some of the scenes really work. Such a nice blend. 

Returning are Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Joining are Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Daniela Melchior as ratcatcher, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, and Sylvester Stallone as King Shark. This cast is phenomenal. They do a great job playing off of each other and at some of the CGI characters. I can’t think that anyone really stood out because there was such a balance with every character getting enough screen time and background. 

This film is definitely not for the fair of heart. There is a large amount of gore, and though normally, I’m not a fan of it, it works here. There is a reason this film is rated R.

The bottom line is that this is a great and fun movie. I watched it at home, but I really think this one needs to be seen on the big screen. You’ll thank me for it. The Suicide Squad is a sick and twisted film and I loved every minute of it!

Make sure you sit all the way through the credits!

The Suicide Squad opens in theaters and on HBOMax on Friday, August 8th!

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.