Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Suicide Squad


“I now understand why people go mad over nothing. Sometimes the mind is a terrible place.” – unknown

I don’t want to speak too soon. There are many DC movies on the way, a lot of room for error there. That said, maybe, just maybe, it seems the executives at DC and Warner Bros. have learned to finally step back and let their storytellers do their damn job. I say that because if The Suicide Squad isn’t James Gunn unleashed I can’t begin to imagine what he could create if he were. His vision of the bad gone good (for an afternoon at least) is one of true insanity. It boasts in its madness and it is truly a sight to behold. Not only is The Suicide Squad completely batshit insane, it’s one of the best movies of 2021.

To completely go off the rails without focus is to create something nonsensical and frustrating. What Gunn has done here is create something that is equally unhinged and clever. It’s unabashedly funny, unforgivingly brutal and somehow, despite all the ugliness and raunchiness it provides there is never a loss of focus or purpose. He has created a set of rules and within those rules there seems to be none. It’s the wild west dipped in acid contained inside a perfectly acceptable shell. It looks without form or reason and that’s not entirely untrue but it’s not wholly accurate either. It’s like a crazy person that somehow knows they’re demented. It shouldn’t work but it does.

The ensemble of this crazy train is a collection of professional lunatics showcasing exactly why they were chosen and exactly why they should be locked up when it’s all over. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, the lovable psychotic blonde. Alongside her is a myriad of recognizable faces and mostly new blood mixed like a blend of poisonous fart cloud and delicious fresh salsa. It might not make you hungry but it’ll leave you curious.

When a studio allows something like The Suicide Squad to happen it’s wrong to forget those that paved the way. Deadpool, Kick-Ass, Blade, Logan and more created a path in a jungle of mediocre teen dreck that can oftentimes feel repetitive and boring. We salute you, and we thank you.

This is the kind of story that everyone wants to experience. Not necessarily all the abhorrent violence and filthy dialogue but the confidence it possesses. There is not a moment of doubt or hesitation to go for the goal wholeheartedly and with complete determination. I struggle to tell you about the movie and my thoughts on it simply because I don’t want to spoil a single second of it. Forget that Venom should have died after the abysmal first installment and unjustly got a sequel. Remember when it’s released that The Suicide Squad came first and did everything better and with more conviction than it could ever hope to muster in its little pinky toe. God I hated that movie. I digress.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The Suicide Squad is a superhero movie made for the childish adult in all of us. It is equal parts disgusting, hilarious, unbelievably violent and unquestionably magnificent. It is a shining star that has been allowed to shine as brightly and brilliantly as humanly possible. Gunn was given free reign to create something we had never seen before, and quite frankly should have gotten back in 2016. But never mind what came before, it’s all about the now and right now The Suicide Squad is the hit of the summer, and the rest of the year for that matter.

Rated R For: strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Runtime: 132 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes. Two. One at the beginning of the credits and the second immediately after.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman
Directed By: James Gunn

Out of 10 Nerdskulls
Story: 8.5/ Acting: 9/ Directing: 10/ Visuals: 10
OVERALL: 10 Nerdskulls

Buy to Own: Yes.

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Chase Gifford

"Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world"-Jean-Luc Godard