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What the new ‘Suicide Squad’ gets right over the old one – movie review

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So, the brand new installment of DC’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ is finally here. After a long and arduous wait, the James Gunn film is finally here and it has visibly changed everyone’s mood towards DC all over again. First, let’s be clear, this is not a 2016 Suicide Squad remake. In fact, it is more like a sequel to the original and Birds of Prey. However, you don’t have to watch those two movies to enjoy this one. And so, here is our review of Suicide Squad 2, which is often dubbed as the remake.

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The Suicide Squad movie review:

Comparison with the 2016 Suicide Squad

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Right off the bat, the first thing that any viewer would notice is how The Suicide Squad is well aware of the failures of its 2016 predecessor. Right at the start of the movie, we see some of the characters from the original movie, including Boomerang, Harley Quinn, and Colonel Rick Flag. Along with them, is a team of other villains that even includes a human-sized weasel. But, all the expectations of the viewer are subverted when they see the entire Squad die, including Pete Davison getting shot in the face. It was such a massacre that the only ones to survive barely were Flag and Quinn. And that’s when the movie introduces us to the real Suicide Squad that we’ll follow throughout the movie.

And in it, we saw Bloodsport, played by Idris Elba who clearly replaced Will Smith’s Deadshot in the movie. But not just that, they juxtaposed Elba with John Cena and his character Peacemaker, which felt like an extension of Bloodsport with the sole purpose of mocking him. In a way, you can see how The Suicide Squad mocked its predecessor. But that’s not all. You also saw James Gunn mock the last film quite a lot with the help of dialogue. And dialogues were definitely the strong point of this movie, being funny and natural to the characters.

Way better and likable characters

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Speaking of characters, they were truly the heart and soul of the film. I mean, they managed to make King Shark aka Nanaue, voiced by Sylvester Stallone, a lovable character which was more than just comic relief. They showed how he lacked basic human connections, like friendship and love, and yearned to attain those. Moreover, the other characters were also very enjoyable and we grow to love them not through boring and difficult-to-read introductions like the 2016 Suicide Squad, but with dialogues and character growths, along with relatable backstories. That was the case with Bloodsport, Ratcatcher (Daniela Melchoir), even Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), and probably above all, Polka Dot Man (David Dastmalchian).

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In fact, one can even argue that Polka Dot Man was the best character out of the bunch. He had a very unique backstory and the movie was actively aware of how goofy his superpower was, which made his character even more entertaining and soulful simultaneously. But, that over-the-top nature of the film is also indicative of the style that The Suicide Squad adopted.

The Suicide Squad has a unique over-the-top style

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Usually, most superhero movies often lack style. If they show gore, they’re usually dull in coloring with everything being dark and gloomy. That also included Zack Snyder’s Justice League, along with Batman V Superman and Man of Steel. However, The Suicide Squad, in stark contrast to these films, was not just gory, but incorporated colors quite well in its picturization too. The colors and the violent and bloody scenes blended well with each other, showing that the studios gave James Gunn complete control over the creative process.

And the most apparent part of this film was the crazy nature of it. The film was completely over-the-top and just bats**t crazy, knowing full well that they are not going to let any creative element unturned. The creators even divided the film into chapters like a comic book, which helped you understand the pacing of the film, which was mercurial sometimes but in a good way.

Lastly, all I would like to say is that I thoroughly enjoyed The Suicide Squad. I’ve watched it twice already, and it can very well become a comfort movie that can be watched any time. Moreover, it doesn’t even have Jared Leto’s Joker, which is a huge improvement over the original film. So, I’d give The Suicide Squad a pleasant 8/10. I really want DC to get its act together and so far it does look like the studio has learned its lesson.

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