Five years after the DCEU introduced a movie adaptation of the comic series Suicide Squad with Jared Leto’s neon green and tatted-up Joker, the introduction of “Daddy’s Lil Monster” Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn among the company of Task Force X, here comes The Suicide Squad. The sort-of remake, reboot, (kinda-sequel?), written and directed by James Gunn is finally coming to theaters and streaming next weekend and the first impressions have come in.
We know The Suicide Squad has combined characters we’ve seen before in David Ayer’s 2016 version like Margot Robbie’s third appearance as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller and Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang with new additions including Idris Elba’s Bloodsport and John Cena’s Peacemaker, but does it work?
As usual, let’s start with the home team with Eric Eisenberg’s review for CinemaBlend. Eisenberg gave the movie a glowing review with a 4.5 out of 5 rating, calling the movie “almost like a trophy” that celebrates James Gunn’s greatest strengths and achievements as a filmmaker over 10 years. And in his words:
The Suicide Squad has a record-number of DC characters to juggle throughout its two hour and 12 minute runtime, but it sounds like its going over especially as the filmmaker employed the movie’s R-rating to the limit. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich also had positive things to say about the upcoming Warner Bros’ release:
Over the years, comic book movies, especially in terms of the DCEU have gone for an ultra-dark color palette and storyline, but apparently that’s not the case for James Gunn’s vision for the genre. We’ve seen what he can do in Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel, and apparently he continues to bring some light fun to the superhero movie with his move to DC. Though for USA Today’s Brian Truitt (opens in new tab), his Marvel entry is the better of the two franchises he’s contributed to, he also had great things to say about The Suicide Squad:
Overall, The Suicide Squad has a major uphill battle being compared to both one of Marvel’s finest entries and the polarizing previous Suicide Squad that was never quite given a fair chance by the studio. Even so, it’s all high fives from critics so far as NME’s Nick Levine said this in their review:
According to Levine, even casual fans of the DCEU will be able to pick up on this movie and find some interest in its action and style. Overall, critics are really digging The Suicide Squad… a lot. Though we did find one cutting review from Yahoo’s Leah Greenblatt, who didn’t exactly hate it, but did have some complaints to share:
We’ll leave it to you to decide whether you’ll check out The Suicide Squad when the movie hits theaters and HBO Max next Friday, August 6. And while you’re here and thinking about your next wander into this year’s latest movies, check out our 2021 movie release guide to plan your next movie-going affair.
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