The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad ★★★★½

James Gunn should be the only person allowed to make superhero films--provided Sylvester Stallone plays a humanoid shark in them.

But seriously, this is incredible! Granted, I'm a sucker for a good bloodbath, and The Suicide Squad more than delivers. Few films are as gleefully gory, while still allowing violence to have weight in the right places. And honestly, as difficult as it is to argue with the consistency of the MCU, I've always said that DC has had the capacity to make better, more individualistic movies. And I honestly don't think there's an MCU film I like or admire quite as much as The Suicide Squad.

Speaking of the MCU, The Suicide Squad feels weirdly influenced by Gunn's ousting by Disney in the wake of some tasteless tweets coming to light, as his career and talents seem to lay in the hands of corporate overlords. And though Gunn has since been rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there's no way Marvel would even consider letting Gunn making something this insane. And I don't say that simply because of how gross it is. This looks so crisp and has such an idiosyncratic structure that there's no way Disney would even humor this.

Otherwise, I don't have a lot else to say about The Suicide Squad. It's a film of morally bankrupt criminals turned unlikely heroes in the face of even more questionable motives from the powers that be. It's the kind of film that is about the nature of moral ugliness, its inevitability, and how it can be wielded righteously. And having seen Shrek recently, which tries to be about the same things and fails through a stunning lack of self-awareness, I'm especially skeptical of any movie that tries to be about inner-worth. So, in conclusion, fuck Shrek so hard.

Anyway, The Suicide Squad is unbelievably good. We're lucky to have it, and I hope James Gunn gets to make more.

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