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August 11, 2021 at 2:01 pm #288geektalkKeymaster
Mark Kermode reviews The Suicide Squad. A group of supervillains are forcefully recruited by a shady government organisation and sent off to a remote island to try to prevent the world-threatening ‘Project Starfish’.
yeah so the suicide squad not to beconfused with suicide squad to whichthis is awell inverted comma standalone sequelmeaning it kind of ignoressuicide squad which i think actuallyyou’d all rather have done umpart of the pc extended universe uhso margot robbie is harley quinnum big margaret robbie fans herewho alongside idris elba’s bloodsportand john cena’s peacemaker arepart of a variously assembled groupbecause there’s a kind of start and thenit’s a false start and then there’sanother startwho are sent by viola davis’s toughas nails uh kind of team leaderfrom the safety of the back room to goand do battle with project starfishum which is a project which is kind ofself-explanatoryyour mission is to infiltrate jotunheimand destroy every trace of projectstarfishhow are we supposed to get in gaiusgrieves the thinkeris a geneticist in charge of projectstarfishafter hours he hangs out at agentleman’s club known as la catitaamable get greaves to help you bywhatever means necessaryand he can get you into yotenheimany questionswhat is that that is an overheadprojectordo you ever use it anymore no not reallyso why don’t you just throw it awaypeacemakerstarfish is a slang term for thinkthere’s any connectionno no noway collection and yesthat is your hand and our way very goodso okay the thing that you get from thatis that the whole thing isis very sarcastic in tone and very sortof post-modernand very what on earth is going on infact there is one momentin it in which it actually pretty muchsays on screenwhat the actual f is going on umlike in a very sort of literal way it’swritten and directed byjames gunn uh who obviously iswas the guy around the guardians of thegalaxy movies and then was dropped fromguardians of the galaxy threeand now he’s been brought back intoi suppose to save suicide squad thesuicide squad definite article asopposed to suicide squad no definitearticle suicide squad you know everybodythought was a load of old rubbish andnowthis is you know let’s kind of save itandwhat he does have i suppose is theanarchic sensibility thatthe suicide squad kind of requiresso i mean this is a film in whichsylvesterstallone providing the voice of atalking shark isn’teven close to being that the most whaton earth is going on moment on screenit’syou have polka dot man who’s a characterwho shoots polka dotswho james gunn described as the dumbestdc character of all timewho is sort of reinvented here in a kindof tragic comic waywhich is sort of trying to make sense ofpolka dot man but alsoyou know also having that kind of ryepostmodern sarcastictake on it and here’s the thingit it’s um it is definitely true this isa massive improvement on suicide squadbut then you know not going to themovies would be a massiveimprovement on suicide squad it’s alsotrue that what you have with this is akind ofvery post-deadpool splurge ofsweary splatter i mean there’s quite alot of you know blood splattering andyou know limbs and stuff going onwhich i kind of always enjoy umand it is deliberately self-knowinglystupidin a kind of the best comparison i thinkis it’s in a kind of howard the ducksort of whatway that the the i mean i remember howmuch tim polka and ienjoyed however the dark not leastbecause we thought i can’t believe thatsomebody spent so much moneymaking howard the duck and you sit therewatching the suicide squad thinkingi can’t quite believe that somebody hasthrown so many resources at the screento make what isbut utterly preposterous and stupid butif you’re in on the joke then okay thenthen that’s fine and there are things init that quite entertaining and thingsthat they’re quite funny there are alsothings in it that aren’t the things init that a little bit like oh yeah reallyokayand my advice would be if you know if itsounds like your cup of tea and ifyou’rea big james gunn fan um which iunderstand because i’m i’ve been a fanof some of his other stuffthen you see it on a very very bigscreen becauseit’s huge and the gagis kind of it’s so stupid and so bigthat big and stupid becomes the thingand that’s why i say it kind of remindsme of howard the duckbecause the point about howard the duckwas it’s howard the duckand yet there’s all these resourcesbehind it it’s this great bigmulti-million dollar studio movie thatin the end is howard the duckum i would say also incidentally theoriginal howard the duckmakes more sense than this does andyou know there’s some fun things there’speter capaldi with a bunch oftransistors stuck in his headand there is a sort of heart and soulsomewhere in the middle of it but itit is it is essentially a kind ofsarcastic postmodern ironicaction painting of splurge thrown on thebiggest screen possiblewith its tongue firmly in its cheek butin a kind ofokay how bonkers can we be how crazy canwe and my problem i suppose isokay fine yes it wildly bonkers wildlycrazysylvester stallone is talking shockisn’t the craziest thing on screenbut it’s not it’s not a huge amount morethan thatit’s just stuff on the screen some ofwhich is quite funny and some of whichis quite bloody and it’s got like i saidit’s got this sort of false start at thebeginning which is quiteyou know quite knowing but it did feellike a very big injoke that’s my problem james gunn mighthave been a writer on guardians of thegalaxy he also was one of the writers onmovie 43so that’s just put that one out thereyou
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