I don't even usually write reviews but had to say something about this movie since I just feel bad for it. It never gets its legs under it, largely because it keeps tripping on itself, if not shooting itself in both feet and at least one major organ. I don't understand why it's so awful most of the time, since Guardians got everything right that this movie gets so wrong.
2021's go at Suicide Squad is probably worth a watch once the price goes down or it's free, just to see the sometimes amazing graphics (the horror scenes are indeed horrifying) and occasional brilliant sequences (like Robbie breaking out of confinement). But check your brain and your heart at the door. Even the talented cast and top-shelf CGI staff couldn't save themselves from this bare-bones plot with bizarrely poor writing, pacing and character development.
The most painful part is it keeps trying to be a good, multi-dimensional movie, then takes what it's building and abandons it for a usually cheap and unfunny joke. It just keeps gutting itself.
If you watch it and love it, I'm super happy for you: I am. I just felt angry for the characters most of the time. Like, all the characters, including the extras. Horror and humor are natural partners since comedy saves us from going bonkers from tragedy. But here, the horror is just horrible, and the humor doesn't so much alleviate the horror as it deflates it of meaning. Guardians gets the mix of pathos and hilarity absolutely perfect. This movie has all the right ingredients but can't figure out what it wants the recipe to be.
The heroes get short enough shrift, but the big-boss menace really gets the worst treatment, which is just plain sad. Suicide Squad tries to show us who the real villains are (which is hackneyed but nonetheless relevant) but then devolves into villain-of-the-week nonsense we saw too much in the X-Men comics at times (and I love the X-Men).
It could have been a great movie showing how the underdog "bad guys" are often much more human than our supposed "good guys." This movie totally gets that surface humor can mask appalling heartlessness, and it portrays that without apology. Which maybe is one of my biggest disappointments with it, because if it had managed to walk that challenging tightrope, it would easily have been a 5-star film.