DC pulls off ensemble film this time around – The New Indian Express
Express news service
Marvel has shown us before that when aiming to make a superhero story with touches of humor, it trusts either James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2) or Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). . DC seems to have learned a thing or two, and Gunn is directing his latest outing, The Suicide Squad, while Waititi is featured in an extended cameo. After the disappointing Suicide Squad (2016), criticized for its ultra-fine characterization and mediocre plot, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad makes up for it by demonstrating self-awareness and playing to its strengths.
Like the first film, ARGUS director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has some otherworldly issues to deal with, and unlike last time, she brings together two teams from Task Force X on this occasion. While the new movie sees the return of characters like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), we also get Bloodsport (Idris Elba) instead of Deadshot, King Shark. (Sylvester Stallone) in place of Killer Croc and a host of comic book characters making their film debuts, such as Peacemaker (John Cena), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) and Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior).
The Suicide Squad, admirably, wears its absurd humor and insanity as a badge of honor. The main characters in the film are a group of misfits who have to team up for the greater good, an idea Gunn acquired with the GOTG films. The difference here is how the filmmaker literally goes all out with violence and gore on a level we’ve rarely seen in superhero movies. The strength of this movie lies in the way it incorporates the action sequences into its mission-based story that evokes danger to the main characters (the title shows that). The deaths, however, are designed to amuse. Unlike David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, Gunn doesn’t kill time by entering the character’s story and since this movie is a sequel / reboot, many characters don’t need such a setup in the first place. . Characters in need are victims of a tragic past, which helps bring heart and warmth to an otherwise crazy movie.
The film sets the mood and motif for each main character, although it doesn’t like Ayer’s film. Bloodsport is for his daughter, Peacemaker is a patriot with probably the national anthem for ringing, and Rick Flag is all professional this time after his stint with the Enchantress in the first film. Polka-Dot Man, meanwhile, has unresolved mom issues, King Shark is a man-eating fish-human hybrid, while Harley Quinn is still on the verge of chaos. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but seeing the superpowers in this movie is quite a journey.
Our unlikely heroes team up with rebel soldiers, led by Sol Soria (Alice Braga) who want to bring down the governing body of the fictional South American island nation of Corto Maltese who is working on a secret program called Project Starfish. The ways the team infiltrates the island make for the best scenes in the film. While men take a rather traditional approach, Quinn takes the unconventional romantic route. With costumes that appear to be inspired by the Batman: Arkham City video game, Robbie’s Quinn sets the screen on fire with his charming yet cunning manners. Elba excels as Bloodsport, a mercenary turned squad leader who brings together all the eccentrics. Crowd-loving people, however, are Peacemaker, a chauvinistic killer who would do anything, and King Shark who, uh, fish for humor in the darkest moments.
My only grouse with this film are the pretty sudden changes in tone that act like speed breakers. The final confrontation is also repetitive as it is, again, the trope “destroy a city to save the world”. Overall though, The Suicide Squad is a crazy, bloody action extravaganza that DCEU desperately needed. It’s a movie that also pays homage to some DC comic book characters that might never have seen the light of day. Considering the post-credit scene that provides a glimpse of what’s in store for the future, maybe fans can finally make “peace” with DC’s rocky past in recent cinema. Exciting things, it seems, are in store.
Director: James Gunn
Actors: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis