Birds Of Prey (And The Fabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) finally free from Mr. J and the Suicide Squad finds herself with a new supporting cast detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), vigilante Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and singer Dinah (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) to protect street kid Cassandra (Ella Jay Basco) from mob boss Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor).

While Cathy Yan’s latest outing is no master piece. This movie provides enough bone breaking action to satisfy even Gotham’s biggest psychopaths, but not much else. From exploding chem vat’s to glitter grenades the cinematography and color palette of this film is much brighter than the D.C. Films of the past.  This film finds its self-falling more in line with the D.C. Films of late such as Jason Momoa’s Aquaman or Zachary Levi’s Shazam.

Fans looking forward to a Birds Of Prey movie this is not the movie you are looking for.  While this film does eventually introduce us to a fully formed Birds Of Prey Team, it comes late in the film and much to its own determent.  For the majority of this film we follow Harley, while she navigates the world post break up from everyone’s favorite homicidal Clown the joker. As Harley struggles to find her identity, her new found independence sets off a domino effect that leads her into interactions with each member of the soon to be Birds Of Prey. 

 "Margot Robbie performance is amazing as Harley Quinn."

While this film does have a great amount of upside I would be remiss not to mention the down sides of this film. Margot Robbie performance is amazing as to be expected. Ewan McGregor’s performance as black mask is another bright point of this film. Too bad Its overshadowed by the fact that he does not have any character Development in this film. This is an issue that plagues the entire movie. While each character we are introduced to, Harley gives a quick Deadpool es narration of their back story and from there we are off to races again.

Built on the foundation of strong woman, This film takes its stance and stands strong in its beliefs. Women supporting women, and getting things done. It’s a great time when the group gets together, and also leaves you wanting more. Characters aren’t deeply drawn but they are winningly played: Smollett-Bell is authentically hard-as-nails, Winstead is funny as an assassin who takes umbrage that people get her superhero name wrong, and Perez reminds you she is not in nearly enough movies. But the MVP is Robbie, who lends Harley charming quirk and believable menace, hinting at Harley’s inner life without reams of dialogue. When she’s on screen Birds Of Prey has the impact of a baseball bat to the head.

While this film is sloppy at points, and mishandles some of its characters. Margo Robbie’s portrayal as Harley and the well-directed actions scenes are enough to justify the price of a movie ticket. So grab your egg, ham and Cheese sandwich and buckle in for a wild ride.

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