Đánh giá suicide squad

     

James Gunn"s wildly ultra-violent superhero movie is a mega-budget mulligan; not a reboot or a sequel so much as a second chance.

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“The Suicide Squad”


Warner Bros.

Idris Elba’s Bloodsport provides the perfect foil for Peacemaker, as the two push each other toward the possibility of redemption — the kind of redemption they both need more than ever after a hilarious sequence in which the Suicide Squad obliviously lights up some of the Colto Maltesian guerrillas who are staging a coup against their corrupt dictatorship. Playing a veteran sharpshooter who just wants khổng lồ keep his semi-estranged daughter (Storm Reid) out of jail, Elba brings a degree of weariness lớn this superhero that genre audiences typically have to supply themselves.

His performance is so grounded that even his scenes alongside the bipedal King Shark Nanaue feel rooted lớn reality (a winsome CGI creation who acts like the lovechild you never thought the Hulk and Jaws could physically conceive together, Nanaue is voiced by Sylvester Stallone in the role he was born to play). “The Suicide Squad” may not offer quite as many indelible images as you might expect from a “Dirty Dozen” riff about deadly assassins, vermin-obsessed millennials (Daniela Melchior shines as Ratcatcher 2), & introverts plagued by inter-dimensional viruses (David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man) teaming up to fight a kaiju-sized echinoderm, but the sight of Elba wearing a sleeveless undershirt and a superhero helmet at the same time is borderline iconic unto itself.

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That it also succinctly articulates the rough-and-tumble way this movie reconciles absurd genre tropes with relatable human stakes is just icing on the cake. A lot of superhero movies lượt thích to masquerade as “cold war thrillers” or “war epics” or whatever because their directors are rightfully embarrassed by the narrowness of contemporary studio filmmaking, & while Gunn would rather gasp for air within the suffocating confines of that system than fight khổng lồ dismantle it from the outside, “The Suicide Squad” is the rare blockbuster of its kind that actually feels lượt thích the “men on a mission” classics that studio executives used to greenlight before spandex cut off all the blood-flow to lớn their brains.

That the vast majority of Gunn’s movie is mix on a small island helps keep “The Suicide Squad” focused on the task at hand. As busy as this story can be — I haven’t even mentioned Harley Quinn’s princess saga of a romantic subplot, Alice Braga’s role as a young revolutionary, or Peter Capaldi’s turn as a mad scientist with a taste for strip clubs — all but the film’s most superfluous asides pool together in the same place by the end, và each of them adds lớn the toàn thân count from America’s chất lượng brand of “liberation” along the way. It also goes a long way that the (very) big bad is gnarly và sympathetic in equal measure; superhero fare always gets swamped in CGI overload during their third acts, but Starro is light years removed from the murky brown goop monsters who tend to end these movies with a whimper. Even after the protracted siege that’s stretched over the back half of this saga, the final battle that follows makes your eyes widen rather than glaze over.

Given that “The Suicide Squad” only works so well because Gunn was empowered lớn go a little nuts, it’s hard khổng lồ get hung up on the bits that don’t pull their weight — any decent suicide squad comes with a few casualties along the way. While Gunn’s use of Harley Quinn is judicious & clever even before she gets khổng lồ be center stage for the movie’s cleanest action setpiece, the character desperately needs to lớn evolve if DC is going to lớn keep leaning on her, & layering her within larger ensembles isn’t going khổng lồ work for much longer (the same holds true for Gunn’s counterintuitive needle-drops, which have lost their luster even if Louis Prima is a great pull). Unsurprisingly, Harley is reduced lớn a vessel for Gunn’s stubborn juvenile streak; dialogue like “I love the rain, it’s lượt thích angels splooging all over us” can’t help but sour the batting average of a movie where even the quietest moments are tweaked into laugh riots.

In fairness lớn Robbie, “The Suicide Squad” hits a speed bump whenever it slows down to lớn spotlight a single thành viên of the team. And yet, if Polka-Dot Man’s obsession with his mother grows less amusing every time we see her face, Gunn’s commitment lớn the bit amid the chaos of everything else is inextricable from the energy that elevates this movie above the hàng hóa it’s selling. Even the flattest beats are worth the feeling that Gunn got to do what he wanted; that Warner Bros. Didn’t note this thing khổng lồ death; that Weasel might return one day when we need him most. Và if you don’t appreciate just how refreshing that is, stick around for a post-credits stinger that will remind you of how grimly synergistic these things can be. If the movies are killing themselves with superhero overload, at least “The Suicide Squad” suggests the medium will go down laughing.


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