After the many postponements suffered mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic that hit all the major film and television productions in 2020, finally the tenth film of the DC Expanded Universe is coming to all rooms. Written and directed by the insane and expert hand of James Gunn, The Suicide Squad promises to give new life to the suicide squad franchise, after the unfortunate debut of the first film released back in 2016 and which we will analyze in depth in our review.
With an exceptional cast that sees new faces and welcome returns, this new feature film really intends to conquer the summer box office, which among other things could greatly benefit the sector, which would see in this release an excellent opportunity to return to hall as many people as possible, also flanked by outputs of the caliber of Black Widow (our review here) or Fast & Furious 9. But will it be able to meet the expectations of fans and enthusiasts?
A “new” team in front of and behind the camera
Let’s start with a small step back, when back in 2018 James Gunn was fired on the spot from Disney due to some racist tweets published more than ten years earlier. In this way he was deprived of any right to work on the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Avengers: Endgame and especially – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, di sui was writing the script at that time. This dismissal, later revoked due to the myriad of protests, however, allowed Warner Bros. to propose to the man the direction and writing of the much-rumored sequel / reboot “The Suicide Squad”, Which would have allowed the franchise to have a worthy cinematic revival (we’ll talk about it in our review).
From the very first sequences you immediately notice theunmistakable Gunn style, both in the script and in the directorial choices. Fast camera movements that follow the dialogues of the characters, witty jokes, comic timing always right and a crucial importance to the soundtrack they also make a strong comeback in this new cinecomic by the American director. All the various wonderful ones quotes to the classics of the western how For a bunch of dollars or The Dirty One Dozen, which Gunn himself said he wanted to pay homage with this film. We note in fact wonderful shootings to the limit of the surreal and the classic very fast zooms on details or faces.
James Gunn definitely wanted to indulge himself with ideas (which he certainly does not lack), such as action scenes choreographed and directed to perfection – thanks above all to the editor Fred Raskin – or even entirely shooting through the reflection of a helmet laid on the ground. It must be said that this time, however, he wanted to go even further, with decidedly more splatter scenes or some less politically correct situation, almost as if to prove to Disney what he was really capable of without all the restrictions imposed by the Burbank giant.
The Suicide Squad: between good and evil
The “new” Suicide Squad sees the return of some familiar faces – such as the gorgeous Harley Quinn by Margot Robbie – but first of all the real protagonists are completely new. From a Idris Elba which brings on screen a Bloodsport impactful, although not extremely expressive; to the Peacemaker by a John Cena who excels in action scenes but also convinces in interpretation, thanks to the not too long dialogues and the helmet that often covers facial expressions (an excellent trick by Gunn and the costume designers to cover the weaknesses of the ex-wrestler ). To close the team of “supervillains” we find the man-shark King Shark, to which Sylvester Stallone, the mouse tamer, lends her voice Ratcatcher 2 and the unfortunate launcher of explosive polka dots Polka-Dot Man.
This time, the team on a mission in the small fictional island Corto Maltese it will have to contend with a threat far beyond their expectations, which could threaten the security of the entire planet. After being recruited from the usual Amanda Waller (Viola Davies), the new team will have to try in every way to stop the coup that took place on the island and defeat the “alien” experiment of Dr. Gaius Grives (Peter Capaldi).
As was almost normal to expect for an ensemble film like The Suicide Squad, in our review it seems right to underline how some team members are slightly more obscured and relegated to the comedy side compared to the three real protagonists Bloodsport, Peacemaker and Ratcatcher, without taking anything away from the splendid Harley Quinn who steals the show every time she is framed. A winning choice was also to divide the events told in the film into many chapters, almost as if it were a matter of a kind main quest of a video game that as the various secondary missions are completed then leads to the clash with the final boss … which can be considered such in every sense!
As mentioned above, the soundtrack edited by John Murphy both original songs and songs already known in the international music scene create a truly perfect combination, which enhances the action scenes and accompanies those a little more touching or high tension, as happens almost in every feature film of the rich filmography by James Gunn. An applause must also be made to the special effects peaking still not touched from superhero films by DC Comics, which in addition to the aforementioned anthropomorphic shark Nanaue, make their best in the final act of the film, where we will see a struggle of colossal dimensions that will endanger the lives of our anti-heroes and of the whole island of Corto Maltese.