Should've been called 'Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey'
Birds of Prey (And the super long name I won't bother with) is an extremely fun, violent and crazy adventure ride that is another great DC film. A small disclaimer, I think that the film was more centred on Harley than the other girls and therefore should've been called 'Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey' so that's what I will refer to it as.
Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is portrayed perfectly. She brings the weird, wack and crazy to this role and ultimately brings her all. This film does a nice job of giving Harley a character arc of becoming her own upon her split from the Joker. Robbie's performance is faultless and an extremely fun titular character. As much as I praise her performance, her character isn't really the best role model for young kids though as she is violent, a heavy drinker, and a criminal.
Furthermore, Jurnee Smollett-Bell's 'Black Canary' is another powerful and stunning character in the film. Her character is a little more of a role model as she does end up being a hero and does have good motives unlike Harley who reverts to villainy by the end. Helena/Huntress and Renee Montoya are both really cool characters but for me didn't hit the mark as Huntress didn't enough screen time and Renee wasn't really that interesting but I still was able to feel sympathy for her character.
Ewan McGregor's Black Mask is flashy, temperamental, violent and extremely mentally unstable. In terms of the villain scale. He is up there as one of my favourites for the DCEU. Roman is menacing and Ewan does amazing job. However, Cassandra Cain for me was just annoying and I struggled to feel empathetic except for some small moments.
The film does have great messages of teamwork, friendship, doing what is right and definitely shows women empowerment. Harley Quinn's narrative style is bonkers and definitely shouldn't work.....except it mostly does and in saying that, the plot of the film is pretty enjoyable. Finally, the humour is on point!
On the other hand, there are definitely some gripes I have with the film. There is too much unnecessary swearing. At some points it definitely suits the moment (like comedic moments) but at other times, is super unrealistic and just not needed. Additionally, the violence is extreme with plenty of blood, broken bones and deaths. This didn't bother me but will for younger teens. Finally, with a title that promises 'Birds of Prey' we got Harley Quinn for 2/3 of the movie, I just wish they included more of the other members because they are so awesome and when they all worked together, that was when I most enjoyed the film, finally giving me what the title promised.
In conclusion, Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey is an extremely weird, violent but still fun adventure ride that promises more awesome movies down the track. I would recommend this film for 15 and up.
Great job director Cathy Yan!
This title contains:
Violence & scariness