Review: ‘Suicide Squad’ a madcap, entertaining thrill ride

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The R-rated, darkly comedic superhero party of our dreams has arrived in the gruesome and hilarious “The Suicide Squad.”

The new film is a loose sequel to the similarly named “Suicide Squad” from 2016. They seriously just added the word “The” to the new title to make it different. But that movie bombed at the box office, so Warner Bros. and DC Comics have decided to just try again and let director James Gunn go wild with “The Suicide Squad.” And a wild he does go.

“The Suicide Squad” is in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max. The movie earns its R-rating, so it’s not recommended for young children.

Rather than let low level super-villains rot in prison, the U.S. government has instead decided to enlist them to go on dangerous black ops missions for the military for time off their sentence. Bad guys like Bloodsport, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Polka-Dot Man and more lock and load on a mission to Corto Maltese to stop their government from getting their hands on a very dangerous super-weapon.

“The Suicide Squad” is an extreme movie that pushes its R-rating to the limit. It’s gory, brutal and wild, but all done in the name of being a madcap, entertaining thrill ride. This is an action comedy with a dark sense of humor.

Writer/director James Gunn is best known for making the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films for Marvel, both of which were hugely popular. That same sense of style and heart is on display in “The Suicide Squad,” only now Gunn is allowed to dig into some of his deeper, crazier filmmaking roots. If you’re a fan of the director, “The Suicide Squad” is definitely his style.

A great thing about “The Suicide Squad” is that it gets to be a costumed superhero movie with real stakes. All of the characters used in the film — from Peacemaker to King Shark to Javelin — are all real comic book characters, but they’re the sorts of minor nobodies that simply don’t matter. If you watch a Batman movie, you know Batman is going to triumph in the end.

If you watch a movie starring Ratcatcher-2, anything can happen. And in “The Suicide Squad,” anything does. There are enough twists, turns and shocking moments to fill three films.

“The Suicide Squad” probably isn’t for everybody. Its sense of humor is pretty dark, and the violence might turn people off. But if this is your kind of film, you’ll likely have a blast.

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