After what's felt like an eternal wait, James Gunn's Suicide Squad sequel(ish) is finally here, and it's one hell of a blast.
In every way that the 2016 David Ayer-directed film categorically doesn't work, Gunn's film is alive with invention, humour, and yes, an insane amount of ultra-violence.
It is undeniably one of the most WTF superhero movies ever made, and that's almost exclusively in a good way, Gunn being given the freedom to express his most demented ideas on a blockbuster stage.
This is exactly what a Suicide Squad movie should be - irreverent, ugly, ridiculous, and most of all, extremely fun.
From its endlessly creative parade of ribald one-liners to its gnarly death scenes, all-timer villain, and unrelenting commitment to unbelievable mayhem, the genre doesn't get much crazier than this.
It's such a wonderfully ridiculous carnival of the bizarre, in fact, that Gunn's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has a good chance of seeming completely benign by comparison (but hopefully not).
Obviously it goes without saying that MAJOR SPOILERS will follow for The Suicide Squad if you haven't seen it yet...
22. Savant Kills A Bird
The movie begins as it means to go on, opening with vigilante-hacker Savant (Michael Rooker) sat in the Belle Reve prison yard, bouncing a red stress ball off the walls.
Eventually he spots a cute little bird hopping around the yard, and because we can't have nice things in this world, he hurls the ball and immediately hits the bird, killing it.
It sets the tone right from the jump, that this isn't David Ayer's Suicide Squad.
Karma comes back to bite Savant in the ass, though, as when he's one of the several Suicide Squad members killed off during the opening beach raid, we see a very similar-looking bird - a relative, perhaps? - snacking away on his decapitated stump. Beautiful.