Plot: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord – Birds of Prey.
Director – Cathy Yan
Released: February 2020
It seems a little mean to say that Birds of Prey is DCs version of Deadpool. But then again it moves along at a frenzied pace, contains a wonderfully diverse cast of distinctive and complex characters, jumps between and mashes different genres such as spaghetti westerns, crime thriller, over the top superhero flick and even live-action cartoon, plus it breaks the fourth wall narration from Harley Quinn and is far from linear, but most importantly it’s incredibly fun.
The narration of Harley Quinn forms the backbone of the film and helps to fill you in with all the new characters backstories such as Huntress or Renee Montoya. And helping to fill the audience in with the events since we last saw her in Suicide Squad. It a very Deadpool was of telling a film and gives the narrative structure a very fun feel, one in which Margot Robbie revels in, proving once again just how talented an actress she is.
Director Cathy Yan brings something new and unique to whatever DC is doing with their cinematic universe. She handled every scene extremely well, producing some entertaining action set-pieces and styles yet still exciting fight sequences.
The film even making use of the higher rating to include some gory scenes, such as the Black Mask’s henchman skinning a family’s face off. Although every fight scene is fun to watch, the best has to be the finale in an abandoned theme park reminding me of Tim Burton’s Batman and contained some stunning visuals.
Margot Robbie is once again great as Harley and you can’t help be but be drawn to the character, it would be easy for the new characters to be overshadowed, but the film does a really good job of making each character fleshed out enough for their first outing together, through it would have been nice to have seen more of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress a crossbow welding assassin.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Messina and Ella Jay Basco are also extremely entertaining and are clearly having fun in their roles and what can I say about Ewan McGregor but wow he is really turning in some great performances lately with Doctor Sleep and nowhere as the campy and exuberant Black Mask. Is the character true to the source material? Probably not, but he fit the tone of the film perfectly.
Some people seem to have a problem that every male in the film is ultimately bad, but I have no problem with this as it’s a film that is meant to be viewed through the female gaze of Harley Quinn and set in the murky underground of Gotham city. Not somewhere you would expect to find an abundance of.
Overall, Birds of Prey is well worth going to see. It’s packed full of fun action sequences, multiple laugh out loud moments, and one kick-ass soundtrack. Seriously, if there is one aspect DC outperforms Marvel, it’s in the music department.