Director James Gunn brings together a top-class cast and demands nonchalance. The result is impressive: “The Suicide Squad” heals old wounds – at least a little.
Rarely has a remake followed its predecessor so quickly, “The Suicide Squad” wants to straighten out the last shitstorm around “Suicide Squad” (2016). DC has brought the Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn on board.
And yet it’s not a remake per se. “The Suicide Squad” has individual strands that are woven from the previous one. The basic tone is completely different: The antihero film is more brutal, deliberately shabby and even weird compared to the 2016 version.
What Gunn has already proven in the scripts of “Guardians of the Galaxy” is his self-deprecating streak. “The Suicide Squad” is very aware of the ridiculousness, bloody violence and the absolutely absurd starting position. As if you constantly see Gunn blinking your eyes next to you.
A tradition refreshed
Originally, the Suicide Squad was supposed to be formed as the counterpart of the Avengers at Marvel Studios, but this film doesn’t care at all about wanting to build a franchise.
Much more show the protagonists – and Gunn – the careful world building of Marvel the middle finger.
That might sound like a lot of praise, but let’s take an objective look at the structure: “The Suicide Squad” did not reinvent the wheel, the action film is based on a traditional template.
Bad guys must be eliminated, the US government sends superhero felons that no one will miss. the end.
Basically, “The Suicide Squad” is the same dish as it was five years ago – instead of bland, it is now nicely spicy.
A real pinch of self-irony
The cast can of course also be seen: Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Viola Davis, Nathan Fillion, even comedian Pete Davidson has his appearance – and Sylvester Stallone, more on that later. Much more important: you all understood the concept. They’re not the cool, sharp-tongued thugs, but rather veteran felons who are pretty tired of the whole circus. Idris Elba’s character, for example, seems to be bored to death in even the most exuberant situations.
So if you are still bitter about the predecessor, you can look at the flick as a satisfaction. It is worthwhile in parts only for Sylvester Stallone. He lends his voice to King Shark, a creature that is half human, half shark.
“The Suicide Squad” is currently showing in the blue cinema cinemas.