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Suicide Squad
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Suicide Squad
Image via WB

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (2021) is a vast improvement from the 2016 movie of the same name. With a solid story, more violence, and better fleshed-out characters, the latest effort from DCEU doesn’t disappoint at all.

Here are three main reasons why this one is better:

1. Harley Quinn Isn’t That Sexualized

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In the previous film, Margot Robbie’s role was little more than eye candy. Dressed in skimpy clothing and high heels, she was heavily sexualized. Although Jared Leto’s Joker wasn’t in any main role, Harley’s few flashbacks gave an insight into their toxic relationship. However, here we see Harley Quinn stand her ground, recognize red flags and abusers for what they are, and save herself from the bad guys.

2. The Humor Is Darker

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad is deliberately funnier, relying on slapstick humor, rampant violence, and circumstantial comedy to make its presence felt. It’s hilariously bold and gets pretty dark, especially in the scene where the Squad kills their way through a camp to meet a freedom fighter and then realizes they’ve killed all the good guys. The scene becomes a perfect commentary on America’s military interference and foreign policy.

3. It Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously

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Unsurprisingly, Suicide Squad, in many ways, feels like an R-Rated version of Guardians of the Galaxy (after all, they are both made by the same person). Despite the high stakes, the film is intensely aware of its own parody potential and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The final villain that Harley and others have to fight is a giant pink-blue starfish that takes over the city by shooting smaller starfishes that attach themselves to the face of random citizens (perhaps a nice lesson on the importance of masking?). It gets pretty ridiculous, and that, in turn, makes the characters more endearing.

All in all, the latest Suicide Squad film is quite a fun romp, and one of the best DC releases in years.

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