The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad ★★★★½

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Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

So I have had it in my head to take a few points off of my score for a bit. There is something about spending so much time with Harley and the general that takes away from the flow of the film (just a bit). The culmination of that plot point is awesome, and it gives Harley a bad ass escape scene, but the pacing slightly suffers because of it. Honestly, anytime we are not with our team, the movie just isn’t as good. My only other complaint is the occasional joke misfire, but the comedy in this movie is better than most comedies out there, so there is not much to complain about. James Gunn is a comic book mastermind, as he always focuses on what he believes the audience will want to see. We wanted an R-rated Suicide Squad that does not hold back on the blood and madness, and that’s what we got. I see the occasional complaint that this movie is “too much,” and that’s fair, but it represents what this team is at its core perfectly. It’s slick, stylish, fun, violent, and full of energy. It isn’t the perfect story, but its simplicity is beautiful, and the character dynamics are exactly what they should be. It also spawned one of the best DC shows in recent memory. I love showing this movie to people who I know will like it. It will absolutely be too much for some, but those who love it will keep going back to it. We literally got to see Starro the conqueror on the big screen, and he looked fantastic. My life is complete.

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