Early “The Suicide Squad” Buzz Hails A Hilarious, Insane & Surprisingly Heartfelt Epic
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6, which means that critics have already gotten to screen the film and offer their initial reactions. We won’t get full reviews for a bit—those are usually embargoed until right before the premiere—but these spoiler-free first takes give us a good idea of how they view the film. Spoiler alert: it sounds like Gunn’s hit a homerun here.
Before we get to those initial reactions, let’s briefly go over the film’s synopsis. Gunn wrote and directed this reboot, of sorts, which resurrects some characters from David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad but that’s about it, the rest is brand new. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is one returnee from the previous film, and she’s back to once again recruit a band of lunatics, misfits, and a talking shark for a mission to the island of Corto Maltese, where a certain “Project Starfish” is underway. The squad will need to fight like hell, as a team, if they’re going to save humanity.
Joining Davis are fellow returning champs Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag. Newcomers include Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark, John Cena as Peacemaker, Peter Capaldi as the Thinker, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Michael Rooker as Savant, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Richard “Dick” Hertz/Blackguard, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, and Mayling Ng as Mongal.
Onto those early reactions!
Got to see @JamesGunn #TheSuicideSquad tonight! A hilariously violent and heartfelt story that’s surprising in all the right ways. Enjoyable for everyone — hardcore DC comics fans and newbies alike. Go see this movie.
— Vanessa Armstrong (@vfarmstrong) July 15, 2021
The Suicide Squad is as funny, irreverent and violent as promised.
What I liked best, though, was its heart. Gunn really balances the silly and the serious in a way that the two compliment each other really well. I dug it. Also? King Shark RULES. pic.twitter.com/QgzSqwxY8C
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 15, 2021
I had the BEST time watching #TheSuicideSquad — it is a swing-for-the-fences kind of comic book movie & I love that. It’s big, bold & visually stunning. You will see James Gunn’s horror roots splattered all over this thing. It’s violent, but hilarious. Angry, but also VERY sweet. pic.twitter.com/qUbXQ75abt
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 15, 2021
Yeah, I loved #TheSuicideSquad. Just delightfully, gleefully goes all out with mayhem, gore, profanity and naughtiness but then has some really heartfelt moments that you can invest in. And I loved the whole cast a whole lot.
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) July 15, 2021
So this skeptic loved #TheSuicideSquad. It is balls to the wall *bonkers* in very entertaining ways. i.e. If you’re wondering whether James Gunn and that super rad @SuicideSquadWB cast would truly go there w/ the material & the R-rating, indeed they DO. pic.twitter.com/hQoGljScTx
— Kara Warner (@karawarner) July 15, 2021
Absolutely loved #thesuicidesquad. The movie is super violent, extremely funny, and a huge home fun for @JamesGunn and #DC. Tons of surprises and things I wasn’t expecting. Just a great movie. pic.twitter.com/sTchKRvU4Y
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 15, 2021
#TheSuicideSquad is complete mayhem. Similar themes and heart to Guardians, but tonally much more similar to Gunn’s pre-Marvel work (it’s real bloody). Hilarious, but be warned: the emotional stakes are real. It’s not the care-free romp the trailers promise.
— Christopher Gates (@ChrisWGates) July 15, 2021
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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) KING SHARK, DANIELA MELCHIOR as Ratcatcher 2, JOEL KINNAMAN as Colonel Rich Flag, IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport, MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn, JOHN CENA as Peacemaker, PETER CAPALDI as Thinker, DAVID DASTMALCHIAN as Polka-Dot Man and JULIO CESAR RUIZ as Milton in Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics