Movie Review: The Suicide Squad (2021)

Synopsis: When an island nation comes under the control of an anti-American regime, a group of criminals is dispatched to destroy a Nazi-era research facility containing a dangerous starfish-like alien.

Who's in it? The movie stars Margot Robbie, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone, Idris Elba and Viola Davis.


Review: I wasn't a huge fan of the 2016 Suicide Squad, though I did admittedly like it a little more the second time I watched it. As a result, I wasn't overly interesting in seeing this film but, since my wife checked it out from the library to see Harley Quinn (Robbie), we ended up watching it last night. Let's just say this film made the first Suicide Squad movie look like it was Oscar material.

There were a couple things that hurt this film. One of the main ones was the filmmakers couldn't figure out what direction they wanted to take - action film or comedy. Sure, it is possible to combine those two things but this film didn't do a good job of that. I mean, is it really all that funny to have the anti-heroes accidentally killing a woman washing laundry because they mistook her for one of the bad guys?

Another thing that didn't help this film was it relied heavily on characters who the average non-comic book reader doesn't know. Sure, everyone knows who Harley Quinn is but how, exactly, is Bloodshot (Idris) any different than Deadshot (Will Smith) from the 2016 film? Or Peacemaker (Cena) for that matter? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the movie didn't get bogged down with detailed backstories but I do feel like some of these lesser-known villains could have used at least a bit more basic information.

I'm also still a little confused about whether this was a remake or a sequel. If it was a remake, why not bring back more of the already-established characters (even if they are played by different actors). If it's a sequel, what happened to the original team?

Oh, and don't get me started on that alien at the end. Even if this movie had been good to begin with, that giant starfish would have ruined it.

On the plus side, Harley Quinn was once again kick-ass, especially when she escapes the bad guys' layer. It's just too bad these movies haven't figured out she's the only anti-hero these movies need and just focus 100 percent on her.

Final Opinion: I wasn't really expecting too much from this film so I can't say I was disappointed but this movie is pretty bad and not a film I'd recommend watching, other than maybe the Harley Quinn scenes.

My Grade: D

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