Shaz-Boi03’s review published on Letterboxd:
James. You fucking madman.
When Margot Robbie said that The Suicide Squad is one of, if not, the best CBM ever....she was spittin 3000!!!
James Gunn once again knocks it out of the park with getting us to adore the characters in his movies. I was going into this with the expectation of only a few characters being standouts but going out......I JUST CAN'T PICK A FAVOURITE! Everyone in this movie shines here. Where in 2016's Suicide Squad, many of our characters are introduced through half assed exposition and are ultimately useless in the grand scheme of the story. Here, everyone has a unique personality and they all have something to do. We get a clear sense of who each of these people are through their on screen presence rather than just expositional dialogue and whenever someone's backstory is explained, the explanations come through naturally. The performances from everyone are perfection, the chemistry between everyone is so dynamic and on point here. I'd say my favourite performances are from Idris Elba, John Cena, Margot Robbie and Daniela Melchior, Viola Davis and Sylvester Stallone. Regardless of the marketing telling us not to get to attached to these characters......its hard NOT to get attached!
I also appreciate how fucking GORY this shit is, easily some of the most brutal I've seen in a theatre as of now. You see it all, limbs falling off, heads blowing up, we see insides of mfs, etc. Every blood shed here ignites a massively strong impression whether it is a laugh or a gasp, every action sequence is delightful and as psychopathic as it may sound....the violence is a major reason why. Not to mention, there is a massive body count in this movie and I'm not just talking about the mindless goons the Squad takes down. I'm talking about actual characters and protagonists we follow throughout the movie, no one is safe here. Everyone has a death wish on them and a line in The Dark Knight from Harvey Dent pretty much sums up the chances of a character dying... "Unbiased, Unprejeduced, Fair."
This movie's tone is on point too! This film is fucking hilarious but at the same time, you do feel the sense of dramaticness and stakes as the film goes along. Whenever there is a moment of seriousness, it's always allowed to breathe rather than the tension being downgraded by some type of one liner or forced joke in general. In a sense it's almost like a dark comedy where the stakes and the laughs work together to create a tense blast. There are also many great emotional scenes that are extremely earned! The pay offs here are so goddamn satisfying because of the way these characters are built up and they aren't undermined by some cheap desperate gag.
The soundtrack aswell is exceptional aswell, it almost has this classy feel to it. There are also songs within the film such as "Rain" that are absolutely fire.
When it comes to continuity, this is pretty much completely standalone. There are only two very vague references from the rest of the DCEU and even those can be brushed off in the grand scheme of things. Honestly I think it's for the best as it allows the movie to tell its own story without it being bogged by the rest of the franchise.
The Suicide Squad is perhaps one of my favourite movies ever. It has everyone I'd want in a film and in terms of CBMs, it is easily in my top 5 and it's my favourite DC movie since The Dark Knight easily. With Zack Snyder's Justice League and The Batman releasing in between this movie, it is safe to assume that March 2020-March 2021 will end up being my favourite year for DC. Movies like this are what happen when you let directors do whatever they want, maybe take some consideration next time Warner Bros.
Bless you James, you don't miss 🙏