By Dave B.
The Suicide Squad is the reboot/sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad”. In the franchise’s current iteration, a group of villains are forced to invade a Caribbean island on behalf of the American government. While there, they discover a conspiracy of galactic proportions and must choose between their orders and their own dubious morality.
Whether The Suicide Squad is better than “Suicide Squad” is fundamentally irrelevant to me. What matters is if The Suicide Squad is any good. Unfortunately, I’m on the fence about that. On the positive side, The Suicide Squad is visually amazing. One of the best looking movies that I’ve seen in years. The action is good, in the sense that it’s frequent and extremely graphic. And the plot, though ridiculous and predictable, is at least consistent (high praise, I know) and engaging enough that the film’s 133 minute runtime doesn’t feel quite as long as it actually is.
However, I found The Suicide Squad to be extremely…pedestrian in some ways. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. I also didn’t particularly dislike any of them. Frankly, I didn’t give a crap about any of them either way. And that’s odd considering that the performances are actually pretty solid all the way around. But nothing that happened onscreen connected with me at all. Most of the attempts at humor fall flat, the dialogue is completely uninteresting (as are the monologues), the initial antagonists are clownish and the ultimate one isn’t particularly original. Nothing in this movie managed to elicit a reaction from me.
In other words, while I don’t think The Suicide Squad is terrible, I don’t feel as if I would have been missing out if I had passed on watching it. I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to pay to see it in a theater, and for those reasons, I can’t recommend it. Superfans of James Gunn may enjoy this movie a lot, but if you’re expecting a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-level of energy and enjoyment, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. The Suicide Squad probably doesn’t need to exist, but if you want to completely forget two-plus hours of your life forever and don’t feel like hitting your head against a wall to do so, there are probably worse ways to kill some time than watching this movie.
Service: HBO Max
Runtime: 133 Minutes
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