Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
In Theaters February 7th
Warner Bros. decided to invest in Margot Robbie to keep the DCEU alive by giving Harley Quinn her own movie. Many at first scratched their heads on why she needed a standalone movie but Robbie won us over in 2016’s Suicide Squad movie which is actually getting a soft reboot in 2021 by James Gunn. She has a strong passion and love for the Harley Quinn character and pushed hard to make this movie happen and make sure it was a quality movie over a cash grab.
BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.
Birds of Prey has tons of comedy and action from beginning to end to keep you satisfied. It gave me John Wick vibes with the stylized action scenes and choreographed fights. With it being Rated R we definitely get some awesome graphic scenes which is rare for a comic-book movie. Throw in all the cursing along with the violence in a film focused on Harley Quinn and you have yourself a winning formula.
Margot Robbie was born to play Harley Quinn and this movie is more about her than the Birds of Prey featured in the film. Each of their origins is touched on but doesn’t dive as deep as I would of liked. Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask was an interesting take on the popular Batman villain but works for this DCEU movie taking place in a Batfleck-less Gotham but I wish we actually got more of Roman Sionis donning his menacing mask.
I give Birds of Prey an 8.5/10 and think this movie may break a few box office records.