Bird of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn Reviewed by Clayton Barnett

The
Premise
A twisted tale told by Harley Quinn herself, 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.

The Review
In her first stand-alone film Margot Robbie unleashes Harley Quinn, cracking jokes and plenty of bones in this wild and hilarious ride.

It might be called Birds of Prey but it’s Margot’s film (she produced it too), and she shines. A fan favourite in Suicide Squad, and one of Margot’s passion projects, she’s ditched Mr J – and the uncomfortable short pants and fishnets – and knocked it out of the park with this fun female-centric flick.

Newcomer director Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) and Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson deserve a lot of the praise here. They’ve embraced the Deadpool era of R-rated violence, 4th wall breaking humour and a kick ass soundtrack to deliver one of the better DC Universe flicks.

Yan borrowed John Wick 3’s fight coordinator too, delivering some eye-watering choregraphed fight scenes. The visuals are stunning too - no drowned in darkness DCEU movie here - with vibrant pops of colour thanks to Darren Aronofsky’s cinematographer Mathew Libatique.

But it’s the sisterhood here that brings the movie home. Margot and her fellow Birds of Prey - Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollet-Bell and Rosie Perez – have fantastic chemistry and help lift this film a little higher than most forgettable comic book blockbusters.

They might only team up late in the movie, but I can’t wait for more from them, especially Winstead, who gets the most laughs as Huntress. Her Fargo co-star Ewan McGregor also steals scenes as the villainous Black Mask.

The Verdict
DC have finally hit their stride, hot on the heels of Joker’s success comes another sure-to-be R-rated blockbuster. Thanks to Robbie and her Birds of Prey this is an absolute blast.

The Trailer
The Info
DVD Releases: 24th June 2020
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, cruelty, offensive langauge & sexual references
Duration: 109 minutes 
Genre:  SciFi/DC
Starring: Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez
Director: Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs)

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