The Suicide Squad

Written and directed by James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy fame we get another attempt at bringing the Suicide Squad to the screen. From the less than loved 2016 attempt, only Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, she is joined by Idris Elba (Bloodsport), John Cena (Peacemaker), David Dastmachlian (Polka Dot), Daniel Malchior (Ratcatcher 2) and Slyvester Stallone (voice of King Shark). The range of bad guys are offered the opportunity to cut time from their sentences by carrying out missions for their handler Amanda Waller (Viola Davies). This squad are put together on a mission to Corto Maltese, where they are to access a former Nazi facility which is now housing Project Starfish, an alien technology, under the control of The Thinker (Peter Capaldi).

You can see Gunns influence throughout this, it’s no Guardians of the Galaxy, but what it is a crazy and wild ride. Unlike many DC films this does not suffer from pacing challenges, this film is full pace from the start. It’s big, loud and brash.

Another challenge I often have with DC films is they like a sense of humour, again not something you can level at this, there are plenty of laugh out loud funny moments, with some fun interplay between all of the characters. Robbie is a joy as ever as Quinn, Idris Elba, John Cena and John Kinnaman (Rick Flag) bounce of each other as the alpha males, well supported by the more insular outsiders Malchior and Polka-Dot.

Alongside the humour is non stop action, some of it fun, although a lot of it surprisingly violent and blood splattery!

But while there is a lot of fun, laughs and endless action, it doesn’t completely work. The story, for what it is, is all over the place, there is no real narrative to keep up with and like so many of these films it runs way too long. I wasn’t overly sure of the films big end battle with the oddest looking of foes.

That said The Suicide Squad does the job it’s meant to. It doesn’t try to be smart or deep with a dark plot. It does what it should, it’s loud, brash, humorous and colourful fun. Not a classic, but decent comic book fun.

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