Fights, Sparkles, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey Review19 February 2020
Charming supervillain Harley Quinn has finally appeared in all her glory in a new comic movie by DC Films – Birds of Prey. Well, has the story of the mad female clown satisfied the audience’s expectations? Let’s figure this out!
Despite poor ratings of The Suicide Squad, the film definitely has one advantage: it involves Margot Robbie acting as a criminal queen of Gotham City Harley Quinn (and succeeding there). Viewers remembered and liked the supervillain, thus the introduction of an individual full-length movie was just a matter of time.
The idea of the film about Harley Quinn was promoted by Margot Robbie who eventually produced Birds of Prey. It was directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee). In short, the motion picture was shot by women about women: dynamically, stylishly, and spectacularly. It has become neither a failure nor a masterpiece of DC Universe.
Funny, severely, boldly: the best possible balance
In spite of R rating, the film is pretty gentle both notionally and in terms of female character sexualization. It consists of black and bitter humor as well as a strong women concept, but the authors have managed to round off rough corners as much as possible. Harley and other birds have some weaknesses. The emancipation issue is revealed just enough not to annoy anybody while social aspects are not highlighted.
It can be treated as an advantage and a disadvantage of the picture. A lot of Universe’s fans expected something hotter, catching, and crazy from the film about Harley Quinn. Thus, its release collected the smaller sum of money than expected. It's definitely worth seeing: Joker’s ex-girlfriend played by Margot Robbie is gorgeous, although the degree of her madness has decreased a little.
Only girls in the gang: run for your life!
The movie narrates a story about five female characters who decide to join their efforts due to various reasons and circumstances in order to combat a villain-in-chief – Black Mask. Each woman has her own history, tragedy and character unveiling within storytelling. It is quite simple but independent stories that develop individually and then intertwist into a whole.
Harley leads us along the plot, talks to the audience, explains current situations ironically, and serves as a mediator of actions. The notion appears to be successful: the storyline does not come apart and seamlessly turns into the whole picture. Moreover, the female lead has perfectly broken the fourth wall similar to Deadpool.
Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey differs from the one viewers get used to: she is less crazy and full of personal qualities and realistic shortcomings. She is a bit different but still fascinating. The credit goes to Margot Robbie. Black Canary, Huntress, honest detective Renee Montoya, and young thief Cassandra Cain look less impressive than she, but they also stick in memory and invoke affection.
Heroes and villains: where is the conflict?
Birds of Prey can boast excellent dynamics, awesome fights, Harley Quinn’s wonderful dresses and glamorous scattering of sparkles (contrasting with broken legs and knocked teeth of opponents). The ideological struggle is not quite smooth here. Motivation of the main villain is indefinite, as well as the source of conflict in general. Nevertheless, Roman Sionis by Ewan McGregor turns out to be a pretty charismatic creepy guy, which is the evident benefit.
The film’s idea is blurry and lost: authors ridicule the worn out movie patterns hesitatingly and raise emancipation and feminism matters too cautiously. Even reverence for LGBT is unconvincing: the malefactor is demonstratively mannered, but there are no specificities regarding his gender identity. The film is made in such a way that everyone will like it, but it is not beneficial to the plot and subject matter.
Reasons to watch Birds of Prey
DC Films’ attempts to prove that they are as good in blockbusters as Marvel Studios are hardly successful. Moreover, after much-talked-of Joker, it is too hard to hold the bar high. Nevertheless, Birds of Prey (and fantastic Harley Quinn) is a decent gruesome action movie that is worth attending the cinema.
It engages Margot Robbie, which is great in itself, and the image of Harley extremely fits her. The female character is true: you believe, warm up, and feel sympathetic to her. By the way, attires are amazing! The film also features other interesting heroic figures with curious stories. Intriguing rendering of plot and interlacing of several lines seamlessly gets into the one line at the final, providing the necessary dynamics and passion.
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