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James Gunn is a true master of his craft. From Slither to Guardians of the Galaxy, his direction has brought life to characters that no one else put stock into. His brilliant taste in music has made the Guardians films and The Belko Experiment unforgettable. His latest project, The Suicide Squad, also has a powerful soundtrack and the brilliant usage of characters that, once again, most people disregarded for years. Seriously, how many people could say 5, 10, or 20 years ago that they'd one day be enamored by Polka Dot Man or Ratcatcher? Only in the hands of James Gunn could that have happened.
The film follows a group of villains who have been recruited by Amanda Waller to join Task Force X in order to infiltrate a secret base and destroy all data relating to Operation Starfish. Who will live? Who will die? You never know with James Gunn. And no, I'm not telling you. Watch the film. One piece of advice: don't get attached.
What's the strong points of the film? Well, every single scene in this film is a strong point. Literally, everything that happens has a purpose and every moment builds up until the final scene. Nothing happens by accident.
One of the brilliant aspects of the film was its dark humor. The competition between Peacemaker and Bloodsport was hilarious and disturbing at the same time, the mental instability of Polka Dot Man made you laugh and sympathize at the same time, and Harley was at her absolute best and craziest.
I don't particularly like to compare characters, because every character is different and portrayed in different ways, but I have to say I much preferred Idris Elba's Bloodsport from this film over Will Smith's Deadshot in the first film. Perhaps it's because David Ayer didn't get to share his true vision before the studio took over and Gunn did, I'm not sure. I am grateful, however, that Gunn was able to make this the way he wanted to make it. There's so many ways the major villain Starro could have turned out horrifically but there was always the sense of danger and the film was unpredictable the whole way through.
I'm not much of a fan of athletes who turn to acting just to keep their names relevant, but wow John Cena has been killing it lately. His performance as Peacemaker was fantastic and I for one can not wait for his upcoming solo series. If you want a true American superhero, Peacemaker is about as American as it gets.
I loved the emotional moments. Who would have ever thought you'd be tearing up over Polka Dot Man or Ratcatcher? Their backstories were so heartbreaking for different reasons and the relationship that formed between these characters was a true familial bond that you don't see done very well in other big-cast films. In The Suicide Squad, you literally feel for everyone.
In conclusion, I can't rave enough about this film. There was not one single thing I disliked about it. It was literally a perfect masterpiece with perfect casting and perfect directing. Undoubtedly, The Suicide Squad gets a 4 out of 4.
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