The fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn

February 18, 2020


Birds of Prey is entertaining and is one of the most creative DC Extended Universe films to come out alongside Aquaman and Shazam. 


This film stars Margot Robbie as protagonist, Harley Quinn, and Ewan McGregor as villain, Roman Sionis aka Black Mask, and is directed by Cathy Yan.



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"Birds of Prey" cost $84.5 million to produce, according to Box Office Mojo, which is relatively less than

normal superhero movies. The film has grossed $81 million worldwide so far.



A quick summary of the film is Harley Quinn and the Joker Broke up. Now she has a target on her back for protecting a young girl, Cassandra Cain, and now she will make an unlikely alliance with Detective Renee Montoya, Black Canary, and The Huntress.


Against a mob boss Roman Sionis aka Black Mask. 


To get straight into this film, this is a very entertaining action film.


Is it flawless?  No, it has its flaws, which we will get into, but it was pretty good as a spinoff of Suicide Squad. 


The one thing that these films all have in common is they feel as if the director and everyone in front and behind the camera, made it out of passion and not forced by a studio.


To start off with the good, the editing is well done.  


The movie has a good narrative flow, and, the first act of the film is very similar to Deadpool, with flashbacks.  


The movie is very self-aware and has humor, some of it lands and doesn’t, but overall, it fits what the filmmakers were going for.  


The story does become linear around the second act and has good pacing. The editing is well done.  


It works in tandem with the storytelling and doesn’t feel like a music video.


Birds of Prey has well-done cinematography.


The lighting is good, and all of this compliments the set design and costume design.


It does carry that bright and colorful theme from Suicide Squad and it works well.  


The locations in the final act of the film really stand out and reminded me of the Batman Arkham video games, which is a plus.  


Gotham City is well done; it feels very tangible and has personality.


Even the side characters that don’t get focus have good personality and don’t feel like they’re just there. 


Now to talk about the characters, the main star of the show is Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.


She and the rest of the cast look like they are having fun in their roles.


This movie shows that Harley Quinn isn’t just the Joker’s girlfriend and that she can stand on her own as a character. 


To make a quick note, she does break the fourth wall like Deadpool but it doesn’t feel overbearing on the audience.  


One big complaint I have with this movie is that the rest of the Birds of Prey should’ve had more time on screen. 


Huntress had the least amount of time onscreen; however, the moments she was in were excellent and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress did a great job with what she was given.


Renee Montoya played by Rosie Perez was enjoyable.  


She felt like a cheesy cop from a 1980s movie.  


Robbie and Jurnee Smollet-Bell, who plays Black Canary have good chemistry together.  


Cassandra Cain, played by Ella Jay Basco, is a huge departure from her comic book roots and feels very underdeveloped.


McGregor is one of the more interesting villains of the DCEU. 


He does a great job playing a mobster that can be intimidating and snaps into being a ruthless mob boss.


However, he goes a little over the top like Jim Carrey in Batman Forever. You get enough of his backstory to know his motivation.  


The secondary villain Zsasz is serviceable; he too needed to get more character development.  


Chris Basco did well playing this psychopathic killer. 


The action in this film is one of the highlights that stands out. Since the movie is rated R, it takes full advantage of it.


The action scenes feel very stylized and feel very similar to the John Wick franchise; probably because the director of those films Chad Stahelski oversaw the reshoots of the film, focusing on the fight scenes.  


Birds of Prey was a fun time and good escapism. 


If you’re looking for a film that has in-depth character development and a complex plot and thought provoking like 'Joker', you may not enjoy this film, but I would still recommend this movie to people.


I would recommend this movie to fans of comic books and especially DC fans who have enjoyed the past few movies. I rate Harley Quinn 4 out of 5 stars.

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