WHAT'S IT ABOUT

AKA Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn goes through various stages of the break up and sucked into a calamitous series of events. She ends up joining superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

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  1. Anthony Sherratt February 6, 2020

    This is far from a perfect film, but it is certainly a fun one. What it lacks in story it more than makes up for in colour, attitude and choreographed live-action fights. Margot Robbie continues her love affair with Harley Quinn though Ewan McGregor threatens to steal the limelight from the largely female cast, with his wickedly delightful portrayal of Black Mask. Comic book purists will be upset by the fact Black Canary and Cassandra Cain are virtually unrecognisable with the latter having exactly zero percent in common with her kick-ass comic counterpart. Comparisons to Deadpool are inevitable but misguided as they’re completely different styles, with Birds Of Prey fully surrendering to a non-linear and slightly crazy narration that only highlights Robbie’s love of the twisted titular character. The female director and writer combo works really well with a few lines (such as one hero asking for a very practical hair tie during a fight) landing perfectly rather than feeling like they’re making fun of women. Flawed flick with fun fights and fantabulous fantasies.

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