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Birds of Prey Review: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is So Badass

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  • Directed by Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey is a female-led movie about Harley Quinn.

  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is the best part of Birds of Prey.

  • Birds of Prey is the best action movie of the DC Extended Universe yet.

Birds of Prey Review
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3.5

Summary

The good part of the movie is, there’s no Jared Leto’s version of Joker. Birds of Prey deals with Harley’s Quinn’s break up and how she is going to deal with the world with out Joker’s protection.

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Suicide Squad introduced us to many characters from the DC comics and the best of them was Harley Quinn. She is wicked, crazy and importantly, Joker’s girlfriend. Birds of Prey explores the many shades of Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie.

Story

After the events of Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn and Joker break up. The movie begins with an animated prologue revealing the story of Harleen Frances Quinzel narrated by Harley herself. The prologue sets the mood of the movie. Birds of Prey is a breakup movie. It’s about the aftermath of break up.

Harley is a crazy person when she was in a relationship with Joker, she did terrible things. She knew she had the protection of Joker. Now that they broke up, many eyes fall on her for revenge. The list of her enemies is really long. But the most dangerous person that wants to kill Harley Quinn is Roman Sionis(Ewan McGregor), who also wants to conquer Gotham City. As soon as the news of the breakup reaches Roman, he captures Harley Quinn.

To remain alive, Harley promises to find him his lost diamond which is worth half a million dollars. That’s how the movie kicks in and I won’t reveal anything further about the story.

What’s Good?

Most of the time, when movies try to replicate comic books and animated series, just the way they are, they fail. But this time, Birds of Prey nailed it, every character’s makeup, Harley using skates and her hairstyle, everything seems so comical. Harley Quinn’s journey throughout the movie will get you hooked to the seat. All the credits must be given to Margot Robbie. DCEU movies have got very good actors playing the characters, Jared Leto is an exception(he’s the worst Joker). Joaquin Phoenix got nominated for the Oscars for playing Joker, Margot Robbie is irreplaceable as Harley Quinn. Casting is at its best so far.

Birds of Prey is not completely about Harley Quinn. It’s about a team of women, Renee Montoya(Renee Montoya), The Huntress(Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary(Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Cassandra Cain(Ella Jay Basco) and Harley Quinn. The movie completes the character arcs of all of them. Every single character has got their own set of problems and concerns which makes the plot interesting.

Coming to the best part – Action. There are no superheroes with superpowers in the movie, which resulted in no huge CGI and VFX based action sequences. All the fighting in Birds of Prey is either martial arts or a bunch of women kicking a lot of bad guys’ asses, and is it worth it? Completely. There’s no superman destroying the building or batman flying with his cape on. Director of John Wick, Chad Stahelski himself supervised on the action sequences. The climax’s epic fight in the circus and roller skates chase scene seems to be Chad Stahelski’s decent job.

The movie features a cool police station scene, where Harley Quinn enters and begins shooting bullets which explore into colours and sparkles using a shotgun. A lot of mesmerising visuals and stunning sets that take the story to another level. The streets of Gotham City was also explored.

The whole movie is narrated by Harley Quinn while breaking the fourth wall like Deadpool. The title includes The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. The movie is seriously a good Emancipation. There are a lot of easter eggs that will tickle DC fans, like a featuring of Penguin’s statue and statues of a lot other DC characters, many references to Batman and Suicide Squad. Yet the movie seems to be far away from DCEU for its style and storyline.

Costume and make up design was spectacular. All characters were how they were supposed to be. Harley had all tattoos that represent her psycho mind. Victor Zsasz’s(Chris Messina) scars were eye-catching. Huntress was so good on screen, you’d fall for her.

What’s Bad?

Nothing.

Just kidding, there are elements in the movie which might disappoint a few. Birds of Prey has a messed up timeline in the beginning. All the scenes are cluttered, the explanation for being so cluttered is also given. It’s Harley Quinn’s story, she can start and continue that way she wants to. But that did not appeal to me.

Finally, DCEU got an interesting villain like how MCU got Loki. Black Mask aka Roman Sionis was so good, but the movie did not have enough of him. His time on screen was less. Ewan McGregor was impressive, I would hate Black Mask instantly because of the acting. Ewan rocks as Black Mask.

Another point which I would like to mention is, Birds of Prey is a girl themed movie. All the titles and flavour added to the movie is girl targeted. The pinkish presence says it all. There is a lot of contrast and vibrancy, which I think is overdone.

Β Overall

Not a superhero based movie, where the world is in danger and needs to be saved. Birds of Prey is a very good comic book movie showing the efforts of DC films, they are not trying to replicate Marvel films. This is an R-rated movie and I love it for being an adult movie. Harley Quinn is a fucked up character and I would be very sad if she did use curse words on the screen. Luckily, the F-word was used so much in the movie, giving away the movie’s tone. A lot of cringy action that I loved.

Birds of Prey is a very good movie and a treat for DC fans, that they can be proud of.

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