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The Suicide Squad is a superhero film written and directed by James Gunn and the latest chapter in the DC Extended Universe. After previously helming the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, he has now joined the DC Universe by showcasing his take on Task Force X a.k.a. The Suicide Squad. It is a standalone sequel to its critically panned previous installment "Suicide Squad" by David Ayer. It’s a huge improvement that truly does the source material justice. With an interesting mix of both old and new characters, The Suicide Squad revolves around a group of convicts forced to go on a deadly mission in exchange for reduced prison sentences.
Film Still from The Suicide Squad (2021)

Not for Kids! One important thing to mention is that the movie is rated R. It’s violent, bloody, and vulgar, so leave the kids at home. It’s not for them. From the get-go, you can tell it’s directed by James Gunn, and you’ll have a blast watching it. They don’t hold anything back, which is pretty commendable considering the fact that Warner Brothers has given the director a ton of creative freedom with the property. Compared to other filmmakers who have also made comic book movie adaptations, Gunn’s style is easily recognizable, particularly with his humor, dialogue, and character interactions. You say it actually feels like a big-budget Troma feature with DC characters. This is exactly what the original Suicide Squad should have been in the first place.

Film still of The Suicide Squad

“They're dying to save the world.” There’s so much to enjoy about The Suicide Squad because it looks like the cast and crew had a lot of fun on set. Everyone does a great job with their role, and they all have moments to shine. This is undeniably one of the best casts in a comic book flick, especially when you have amazingly talented actors such as Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Daniela Melchior, Viola Davis, and David Dastmalchian. It’s hard to pick a favorite; they all stand out in their own unique way. Gunn’s script makes sure to keep these characters fascinating from start to finish, while also ensuring the audience stays invested in the premise. Character development is one of the best parts of the entire film, and it’s easily one of Gunn’s strengths as a filmmaker.

Without a doubt, The Suicide Squad is the definitive live-action version of this iconic group of convicts on the big screen. We can all forget that the original movie ever existed. It’s unapologetically ridiculous, absolutely hilarious, and insanely entertaining. This is not only the best installment set in the DC Extended Universe, but it’s also one of the best comic book films of all time. Actually, I think it might be one of the best films of the year. Yes, it’s that good! It’s another brilliant movie by James Gunn.

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