Early Reviews For ‘The Suicide Squad’ Are Here And They’re Dazzling
"What emerges through the array of flying limbs is a surprisingly tender tribute to camaraderie, and an ode to all the despised and misunderstood creatures out there."
Safe to say that the 2016 version of Suicide Squad wasn’t it, and there was always a lot riding on James Gunn’s reboot-sequel (rebootquel?), The Suicide Squad since it was announced. But according to critics, The Suicide Squad delivers on the broken promises of its predecessor in delightfully sick and twisted ways.
Even Scott Pilgrim Vs The World director, Edgar Wright applauded Gunn’s “crisp” take on the film, praising The Suicide Squad‘s “go for broke nuttiness.” I can’t speak for anyone but me, but if there’s one thing I love in a film it’s balls to the walls insanity.
So @JamesGunn is clearly having too much fun with ‘The Suicide Squad’, my fav comic book movie in many a moon. I really admire his go for broke nuttiness in this, but it’s all anchored in a crisp style that feels like you’re ripping through a 6 issue limited series. Hats off JG x
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 31, 2021
Apart the praise of one of Hollywood’s most noted cult-action filmmakers, The Suicide Squad already boasts a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes. To put that in perspective, other films with 97% include Black Panther, Mad Max Fury Road, The Hurt Locker and The Florida Project.
It Might Just Be Your New Favorite Comic Book Movie
A common consensus among early reviews is that The Suicide Squad is unlike any comic book film we’ve seen before. At least, not for a long while. Voice actor, negaoryx tweeted, “My honest, unbiased review is: it’s my new favourite superhero movie. Gloriously bloody, chaotic, tender and unabashedly, whole-heartedly FUN.”
Saw an early screening of #TheSuicideSquad last night and my honest, unbiased review is: it's my new favorite superhero movie. Gloriously bloody, chaotic, tender and unabashedly, whole-heartedly FUN. What a goddamn delight of a film. Well done @JamesGunn & co. ❤
— negaoryx (@negaoryx) July 27, 2021
Jenna Anderson, a staff writer at comicbook.com, also tweeted that James Gunn, “understands the weird and beautiful world of DC Comics to a degree that I’m going to cherish forever.”
Carla Hay from Culture Mix wrote, “The Suicide Squad is the superhero movie equivalent of someone who will kiss you and kick you at the same time. Within the first 15 minutes of the movie, there are surprises that most superhero movies would never dare to have.”
It’s Gleefully Violent And Seriously Not For Kids
Something often missing from the more family-friendly superhero adventures is good old fashioned gory violence. This does not appear to be a problem in The Suicide Squad. In fact, it seems to be one of its winning qualities.
— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) July 31, 2021
Slash Film tweeted via critic, Hoai-Tran Bui that “Director @JamesGunn strikes his signature balance between incredible violence and heartwarming sweetness.”
While critic, Tessa Smith, tweeted that the film “can go from one of the most bizarre, bloody, gore-fest action scenes to something that will have the entire audience cracking up.”
#TheSuicideSquad is by far the best DC movie I've ever seen! Pure adrenaline from start to finish. Fell in love with every character and had me on the edge of my seat. I love Harley Quinn and director James Gunn is awesome for doing her right! pic.twitter.com/6MYXeYvHNV
— Multiverse_Saga (@SagaMultiverse) July 27, 2021
Certified critic, Zach Pope tweeted, “It’s hilarious, entertaining, surprisingly emotional but brutal/bloody at the same time!” Brian Tallerico over at Roger Ebert wrote, “Only the man who wrote Tromeo and Juliet could deliver something this gleefully grotesque, vicious, and unapologetic, and the DC Universe is all the better for it.”
It’s Got A Lot Of Heart
All the blood and guts notwithstanding, many a review is aflutter with the sincere emotion allegedly at the film’s heart. It’s a hardly surprising observation since James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy films famously make me weep.
Critic and filmmaker, Dan Marcus tweeted, “This movie is so absurd and over-the-top funny I was grinning constantly. It’s also full of heart.” While Kirsten Acuna from Insider wrote that the film “is relentlessly unapologetic, wacky and weird, violent and bloody, and darkly humorous. It also has so much heart that you may find yourself fighting back tears by its end.”
#TheSuicideSquad is the most fun I’ve ever had watching a DC movie. This movie is so absurd and over-the-too funny I was grinning constantly. It’s also full of heart. King Shark is such a standout, but Harley Quinn shines. I can’t wait to see this again, and again, and again. pic.twitter.com/uMRVxlmLtC
— Dan (@Danimalish) July 30, 2021
Robbie Collin from The Daily Telegraph claimed the film, is “dazzlingly colourful and riotously crass, but also emotionally alive.” Also from comicbook.com, Mark Cassidy wrote, “What emerges through the array of flying limbs is a surprisingly tender tribute to camaraderie, and an ode to all the despised and misunderstood creatures out there.”
As one of the very few fans of the 2016 Suicide Squad film, James Gunn’s rebootquel almost exclusively being praised as superior in every bloody heartfelt way possible is a win-win.
The Suicide Squad is in cinemas Thursday, 5th of August.