Writing Movie “WRONGS”
By Jim West
The Suicide Squad
Directed by James Gunn
Written by James Gunn
The 2016 Suicide Squad film was written and directed by David Ayer and wasn’t the best outing for a DC film, but given the popularity of Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn they had a standalone film Birds of Prey (2020) this film had been essentially waiting for a gifted writer and director that has enough quirkiness to bring a new fresh vision to life. James Gunn is best known for the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy films, and boy did he bring his full potential with this film. Visually this film is stunning. The pace and action is funny and just takes you by surprise because this film dares to go against the typical grain of most superhero films. Opening with characters that get wholesale slaughtered is such a amazing way to kick things off. Directors and writers like this need to gain more popularity so that we get fresh new visions brought to life on the big screen. This film is so close to being perfect, but there is a minor detail that should be corrected which I will get into later. Yet for the most part this will be a writing a movie RIGHT review.
Here comes the spoilers.
The film opens with a mission that quickly puts this new Suicide Squad team with a few old faces from the previous film on a plane headed to a covert mission. Once the mission starts we are quickly surprised to see character after character get killed in spectacular fashion. The fact that the audience are laughing while this happens is a testament to how ready the general public is for more from James Gunn. Amanda Waller again leads the government program that enlists super villians to work missions to get time off of their multiple life sentences. Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) leads the team and this time they enlist a couple new characters to rebuild the team for a huge mission that as usual is to save the world. We get John Cena as Peacemaker and Idris Elba as Bloodsport who seems to butt heads from time to time and that is a matchup fight I really wanted to see happen in this film. THAT is essentially the only thing I would’ve changed is insert a prolonged fight scene between these two. The team must stop a secret experiment called “Starfish”. We discover that the government is trying to cover-up this experiment and the team uncovers the data and ends up almost being terminated by Waller before her own team knocks her out to save the squad so they can continue to save the world.
I don’t want to give more plot or story line away with this film as it is packed full of humorous moments and surprises that it is well worth the watch with as little information as possible. Again just a extended fight between Bloodsport and Peacemaker would have been the only thing I could add to make this film a tad bit better. Kudos to an amazing writer and director James Gunn. Keep being weird and quirky.