The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad ★★★

It goes without saying it's an improvement over the 2016 version that WB fucked David Ayer over, and allowing James Gunn to be his wacky self makes for great gags and funny R-rated banter. However, the barrage of gory violence becomes too much for this film to handle, and frankly, not every joke lands here. The first 15 minutes establish the difference between this and every other "superhero" film out there, and it's exhilarating. The problem lies after that incredible opening set-piece. We're so quickly desensitized to the goopy, fleshy, out of control deaths that every other quick dispatchment lands with a loud thud. Seems to me someone needed to grab Gunn and slap the shit out of him and tell him to cool it. It's good, but very inconsistent.

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