“The Suicide Squad” won’t be released for over a week, but critics are already giving their first reactions to the film. With forty reviews already logged, the film currently stands at a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — quite impressive for an R-rated superhero flick.
“The Suicide Squad” is the latest DC superhero film which serves as a sort-of-sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad.” However, critics are clarifying that it is more like, “a do-over.” It is helmed by James Gunn, the mind behind “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Margot Robbie and Idris Elba reportedly deliver stellar starring performances.
Critics are saying the film very aptly lives up to it’s R rating, with plenty of gory violence. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman describes it as, “a splatter comedy of depraved sensationalism, with heads and bodies getting torn up, lopped off, and reduced to the flesh equivalent of lattice work.” Many critics are comparing it to “The Dirty Dozen,” which certainly has a similar premise.
Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin calls it, “dazzlingly colourful and riotously crass, but also emotionally alive.” Hopefully fans can hope to see more resonant emotion than some previous DC films, despite the bizarre premise.
Above all, critics are praising the films humor — perhaps Gunn’s most lasting strong suit as a writer/director. IGN’s Joshua Yehl says the film, “masterfully weaves action and drama with wit and humor.”
Hopefully the film is as enjoyable as the first reviews claim it will be. You can see it in theaters or on HBO Max on August 6th.