HBO Max Peacemaker is crude, raunchy, and politically incorrect, and audiences are going to love it! Check out the details in my parents guide review.
HBO Max Peacemaker dropped its first three episodes on the streaming service this week on January 13th. The series was created by the legendary James Gunn, who not only wrote the series but also directed it. John Cena reprises his Suicide Squad role in the new series and brings the laughs and utter ridiculousness. Check out all the details in my parents guide review.
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Peacemaker Parents Guide
Set in Peace, AL, Peace Maker, or better known as PeaceMaker, has one goal in mind – to make peace. However, he soon discovers peace isn’t so easy to make alone. He forms a rag-tag gang with fellow peace enthusiasts Piece Major and Peas Sprayer. As a group, Peace, Piece, and Peas make peace piece-by-piece.
Peacemaker Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Peacemaker.
Language: Peacemaker contains an abundance of harsh language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, p*&&y, a**h*le, d*ck, t*ts, and many racist references.
Violence: The series is heavy on violence and gory content, which includes hand-to-hand combat, guns, shooting, knives and stabbings, death, and blood and gore. An example of a gory scene includes a character’s face being ripped off and the ripped off face being found by detectives.
Sexual Content/Nudity: Peacemaker includes sex scenes where characters are shown in the act of thrusting. Characters are shown nude, bare breasted, and in their underwear.
The best thing about HBO Max’s Peacemaker is the laugh-out-loud comedy throughout it. Admittedly, it took this author a couple of episodes to settle into the over-the-top ridiculous comedy. The opening credit dance is eye-rolling but sets the tone for what is to come in terms of the absurb one-liners and silly banter. At times, it seems as if the show is trying way too hard to be over-the-top raunchy with rude and crude jokes. It can easily turn off many viewers, but don’t throw in the towel on this series too soon, because by episode 3, it settles into itself and the banter and quips will sneak up on viewers and have them cackling.
Peacemaker has writer/director James Gunn’s mark all over it. Unlike Gunn’s past films, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad, which included massive sets and state-of-the-art CGI, Peacemaker seems less flashy and more down-to-earth. It is clear this series doesn’t have the big budget bucks to bring on the flashy explosions, but where it lacks in effects, it makes up for it in shock factor. The fight scenes are brutal, bloody, and full of gore; add a kickass soundtrack and clever cinematography, and the film screams Gunn’s trademark style.
This series is aimed squarely at the teen to young adult male demographic with its sophmoric dialogue and rapid reparte. Many times it plays out like a Kevin Smith movie with a superhero paintjob. Many of the scenes spend too much time focused more on the ridiculous conversation that does nothing to further the plot solely for laughs and absurdity it would seem. At first it comes off as annoying filler, but after a while you realize that this was all done purposefully so that Peacemaker can firmly set itself apart from the likes of the more serious superheo films and series that are abound. It’s like the Deadpool of the D.C. universe. To be fair, The Suicide Squad was much sillier than Justice League, which helps to set up this series, but Peacemaker ratchets it up to 11! There’s no telling what subsequent episodes will have in store for viewers, though it is hard to imagine what else they can do to up the ante on the first few episodes. It may not be everyones cup of tea, but if you enjoyed The Suicide Squad you may well enjoy this series, just be willing to go further down the rabbit hole into irrevernt absurdity.