Squad John Cena as Peacemaker
After 18 months of madness, it feels like a return to some semblance of normalcy, although there isn’t much normal or kid-friendly about this new DC movie.
Somewhere between a reboot and a sequel, this is a violent, funny, foul-mouthed and gleefully deranged attempt to right the wrongs of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
While that 2016 movie (a boring Dirty Dozen comic book) felt like it was made by a commission, The Suicide Squad is the product of the very idiosyncratic mind of Guardians Of The Galaxy writer-director James Gunn.
After being fired from Marvel/Disney for old off-brand tweets, Gunn was a risky signing for DC’s beleaguered movie franchise. But you can see it paying off in a strange first act.
As a menagerie of eccentric villains is released from prison to raid a South American island, it’s like watching the quirky DC Extended Universe tear itself apart.
After a bravado twist, Gunn’s main lines emerge from a very busy pack – Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), Peacemaker (John Cena), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and King Shark, a Dunderheaded, CGI water god with entertaining voiced by Sylvester Stallone.
Guardians Of The Galaxy writer-director James Gunn: A risky signing for DC, but it worked.
The film features striking action sequences, a dastardly twist from Peter Capaldi, an unpredictable plot, magnanimous drama and a few killer lines.
“I have peace with all my heart,” says Cena’s patriotic sucker. “I don’t care how many men, women and children I have to kill to get it.”
The future of the DC movie now looks gloriously dark.
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