Now most people know that I am not usually a fan of DCEU films, but push that out of your head for this post. Because that 100% does not apply to The Suicide Squad.
I went into this movie with extremely high hopes and those were pushed even further than I thought they would be. This movie has an amazing cast, creative character arcs, so much room for more content, and not to mention an absolutely PERFECT soundtrack. Lets dive into it.
The cast couldn’t have been more perfect. Idris Elba (Bloodsport) and Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) have a great connection as leading characters in this film, which only brings the team dynamic to a higher level. I never really expected to enjoy a character played by John Cena, and that hasn’t changed but I hate Peacemaker the same way I hate Homelander, which means Cena did a fantastic job. David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man) was one of the stars for me, he brought a different side of things to the team and was tugging at my heart strings the entire time. Add to that the innocence brought to the character of Rat Catcher II who is played by Daniela Melchior and the hysterically lovable Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Then finish it off with Sylvester Stallone playing a shark god…exactly. So with that, you have one of the most dynamic and interesting groups of people playing some of the most dynamic and interesting characters.
Character arcs in this film are perfectly done. Some are great debuts, such as Bloodsport, Rat Catcher II, and Peacemaker. Others are great full arcs such as Polka-Dot Man. However, the one that sticks with me the most is the take we have on Harley Quinn. James Gunn, who you might know from Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, took such a unique and interesting path for Harley. This movie was truly a moment for her to come into her own in personality and to see her work and fit well within the team with this new found stage in her life. I don’t know if I trust anyone else to further her character after this movie. For me, it’s Gunn or nothing.
Finally, if I don’t see a continuation of Bloodsport I might actually throw a fit. Idris Elba owns this character now and there is so much left to be seen from him. We have a family dynamic, a dark and interesting past…he literally put Superman in intensive care…I want to see Idris Elba fight Henry Cavill and you all know you do too.
I don’t even need to write about the soundtrack and the score because I am going to link them here and you can listen for yourselves.
I absolutely loved this movie, with everything I have. It feels very much like what I have always wanted to see from the DCEU. If you have doubts about it, which is understandable…its DC…they havent had a great track record with films…trust me and give The Suicide Squad a chance. It has heart, humor, great music, and cute rats.
For more of my thoughts on the movie, check out the episode we did on it for my podcast “What We Watched”.
Watch it in theaters or on HBO Max (through Sept. 5)!