Margot Robbie knocks it out of the park once more
The newest film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has hit the big screen. “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn” has arrived and it blows away the expectations.
Don’t let the long title scare you away from this one. It is easily one of the best in the DCEU and well worth a watch.
“Birds of Prey” focuses on the titular team from the comics as well as Harley Quinn. Well, it mostly focuses on Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey are more side characters in this adventure.
Harley Quinn has just broken up with the infamous clown prince of crime himself, Joker, and wants to break free from his influence. She eats cheese whiz, plays with a hyena and blows up the chemical factory we saw her jump into in “Suicide Squad” that made her who she is.
Yet, that she is now no longer with the Joker, an entire city of people want to kill her since he won’t be there to protect her. To survive, she must find a diamond for Black Mask and work with a team to save her own skin.
Margot Robbie knocks it out of the park once again with her portrayal of Harley Quinn. She was easily one of the only good parts of “Suicide Squad” and she carries that same energy to this film. She truly is the perfect casting for Harley Quinn.
Alongside Margot Robbie is a stellar cast that each adds something special to the film.
Rosie Perez plays detective Renee Montoya who is building a case against Roman Sionis/Black Mask without the help of the department. She drinks, kicks a lot of ass and stands up for herself in glorious fashion.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the revenge filled assassin Huntress whose sole goal is to get revenge on those who did her wrong. She is stern, scary and won’t put up with anyone’s crap as she swings around her crossbows.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays the opera singer Dinah Lance/Black Canary who is forced to work for Roman Sionis. All she wants is to be free and do the right thing.
Ella Jay Basco plays a young, pickpocketing Cassandra Cain who picks the wrong pocket and ends up being the target of the antagonists. They all want a piece of her and what she has.
Facing off against them is the creepy and sinister Ewan Mcgregor as Roman Sionis/Black Mask. He brings a very creepy and childlike villain to the big screen that is truly haunting.
Joining him is the creepy serial killer Victor Zsasz played by Chris Messina. He manipulates people and chuckles as he inflicts horrible pain.
Each actor does a fantabulous job at bringing their character to the big screen and they all have great chemistry. Just seeing Harley who is very different from all of these other characters interact with them will have you laughing.
The film itself is bonkers. Told from the perspective of Harley, it is filled with color, amazing fight choreography and random moments that will have you shocked and then in awe.
The fight choreography really is amazing. They brought in the fight coordinators from “John Wick” and created very unique fight scenes for a comic book movie. From glitter-filled bean bag launchers to fighting on a carousel, they truly set themselves apart.
It does not rely on the CGI of most comic book films these days but instead uses choreography and stunts. It makes the fight scenes more real and also minimizes the quick cuts that most Marvel movies have.
The story itself is not very complicated as far as comic book films go. It is all about tracking down a diamond and everyone wants it. The Birds of Prey aren’t even together until the last act but when they all get together it really is a great time.
The way the story is told, however, is very unique. The colors, the fights, the dialogue and the characters really help set this comic book film apart from others.
Some may compare it to “Deadpool,” but they are very different films. Harley does break the fourth wall, but it has so much more color and unique fight scenes than “Deadpool” does. There are some similarities, but both are different and great movies in their own way.
This film is probably the best DCEU film and one of the best comic book films in recent years, or at least the most unique. Not seeing this would be doing a disservice to yourself and this movie.
It is not doing very well at the box office currently, which is sad because many people are missing out on a really great time. An adrenaline rush to the head.
So, if you haven’t seen this you should totally go check it out on the big screen. If you have seen it and liked it then go, see it again or drag your friends to see it.
It is a great time and if it can be successful we will no doubt see more of the Birds of Prey and maybe even some more unique comic book films in the future.