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Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)

  • Action Crime Adventure Comedy
  • Harley Quinn joins forces with a singer, an assassin and a police detective to help a young girl who had a hit placed on her after she stole a rare diamond from a crime lord.

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  • $75,000,000
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    After splitting with the Joker| Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary| Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

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    Reviews

    If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog @ https://www.msbreviews.com Since Wonder Woman that the DCEU has not missed a beat. Even though the latter is still my favorite of the universe, I have mostly a positive opinion about Justice League, Aquaman, and Shazam! Yes, these are not the greatest comic-book movies of all-time, but I would be lying if I denied that I was entertained. Birds of Prey follows the same path: it's fun, action-heavy, and it boasts a phenomenal cast. It has some issues regarding the actual plot and a few characters, but I'll get there. First of all, let me get the mandatory compliments to Margot Robbie's performance out of the way. If there's a DC character better than Harley Quinn for Robbie to portray, please let me know, because I think she's absolutely perfect as a lunatic, over-the-top psychiatrist-turned-psychopath. Suicide Squad might be a total mess, but I doubt anyone denies how Robbie fits seamlessly into the Harley persona. From her looks to the way she speaks and from her physical movement to her facial expressions, there's just no better casting. She embodies the whole film's chaotic vibe and even contributes to the (very) colorful set design. However, she's not the only one who delivers a spectacular performance. Jurnee Smollett-Bell offers a surprisingly captivating display as Dinah Lance / Black Canary. Even though Harley Quinn is the main character, I found myself caring a lot about Dinah. Her way of living suits the character's personality like a glove, and she's undoubtedly the best-written secondary character of the movie. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the others, and this is one of my biggest issues. It's a film packed with cliches and attempts of making the characters aware of those cliches, which is also, well, something pretty overused. What's more generic? Having the bad guy telling the hero their masterplan or having the hero stating how the bad guy is incredibly dumb by thinking of doing that? At first, I laughed, and I thought it was funny the way Christina Hodson was avoiding to write straight-up cliche characters by making everyone else aware of the way these talk or move. But the whole "I know you're cliche, so you can get away with saying or doing cliche things" only works for a couple of scenes, not an entire movie. This is why I wasn't able to connect with Renee Montoya or care about her narrative at all. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is one of my favorite actresses, but she has the least screentime of the entire cast. I never criticize a film for not giving an actor/actress I like a more important role (unlike other people, I believe it would be unfair to do so). Still, I do complain if I think a particular character should have been given more screentime, which is the case of Huntress. I find her backstory way more exciting and emotionally investing than Rosie Perez's character, but sadly Huntress' personal story serves only as a not-that-surprising third act twist. There are several past-present transitions in the storytelling, most work, but some feel extremely abrupt. Nevertheless, Winstead is outstanding every single time she's on camera! Ewan Mcgregor offers a good performance as the villain, but he leads me to my other major issue: the central plot. Trivia time: a MacGuffin is an object, device, or event necessary to the narrative and the motivation of the characters, but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself. The thread that connects every single character is based on one of the most overused MacGuffins ever. Now, don't get me wrong: a MacGuffin is NOT a synonym of bad writing or of a bad plot! It's merely something that leads to nothing. Having in mind that Birds of Prey is a character-driven movie, a plot centered around a MacGuffin is not unusual. As long as every character works, the primary story can simply be a passenger (Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood applies this method). However, in Birds of Prey, not every character has an interesting story... Basically, Christina Hodson's screenplay isn't exactly bad, but it isn't great too. Just like the film, it has its ups and downs, and I saved some of the ups for last because I do want to end this review on a positive note. Finally, a DCEU movie where the action isn't overwhelmed with CGI, but with detailed choreography and long takes instead! Thank you, Cathy Yan, for bringing some of the best action sequences in this universe. Even if the third act gets a little sloppy due to the amount of characters, it's still a very satisfying ending. The score beautifully accompanies the action, and the visuals are truly gorgeous to look at. The comedy bits are on-point, I laughed quite often, but my final remark goes to a topic I rarely address... Birds of Prey is a filmmaking lesson on how to produce an incredibly diverse movie without it feeling forced or unnatural. Only AFTER leaving the theater, I acknowledged the fact that the cast and characters are from various races, cultures, and have different sexual preferences. Why? Because this film doesn't waste its runtime by having its characters mention how black, white, Latinas, Chinese, gay, or whatever they are. They simply are what they are, and we all have eyes to see them. Congrats to Yan, Hodson, and everyone else who decided to treat the characters as if they're humans like every one of us. In the end, Birds of Prey (and the ridiculously long subtitle) continues DCEU's streak of (at least) good movies since Wonder Woman came out. With a phenomenal cast led by an outstanding Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Cathy Yan delivers some of the best action of the entire universe in a genuinely entertaining superhero flick. A colorful, chaotic, and fun vibe is present throughout the whole runtime, as well as a pretty neat score. However, Christina Hodson's screenplay lacks creativity. The main plot revolves around the most overused MacGuffin ever, and some characters are straight-up taken from the book of cliches. It's a generic comic-book film with a formulaic narrative, but one that possesses enough fun and entertainment to overlook the typical story. Rating: B-

    Pretty good Movie, I did not expect Harvey Quinn can kick ass like that. I can see some guy can be turn off this movie because all women hero team. I find it very entertaining and well made.

    Garbage. Nothing, and I REALLY MEAN NOTHING good to say about this.

    I really dug “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” because it is unlike any movie I’ve seen before. There are the conventional-minded and flashy action scenes that accompany most superhero characters, but this is a violent, R-rated, naughty-joke, potty-mouthed comic book tour de force made for women over 25. It’s a boisterous good time for feminists and girl nerds everywhere. The film is told from the twisted and deliciously sarcastic point of view of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), ex-girlfriend of the Joker. When the evil Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) puts out a hit on a young petty thief (Ella Jay Basco), the most nefarious villains turn Gotham City upside down looking for her. When Harley crosses paths with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and cop Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), the women learn they have no choice but to team up in order to take Sionis down once and for all. The heartbeat of the film lies in Robbie’s iconic character interpretation of Harley Quinn. She is terrific in making her naughty character with a mean streak easy to love. Harley isn’t exactly a woman you want to emulate, but it sure would be fun to hang out and be friends with her. All of the supporting performances here really are first-rate too. McGregor chews scenery with audacious glee, and his villain is truly terrifying. With the addition of a diverse, kick-ass female supporting cast playing equally bad-ass superheros, the film takes a multicultural feminist slant that thankfully doesn’t seem forced by committee. “Birds of Prey” is the type of scrappy mayhem that gives a sparkle of excitement to the mostly bland and boring DCEU. It’s colorful and chaotic, reckless and energetic, and I am surprised that I enjoyed this movie as much as I did. This is a really, really fun spectacle that could bring new fans to the genre.

    'Birds of Prey' its absolute thrill ride. It's unapologetically fun and crude and violent. To quote Saoirse Ronan from 'Little Woman'... "Women." - Chris dos Santos Read Chris' full article... https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-birds-of-prey-im-here-to-report-a-terrible-crime-dc-has-saved-cinema

    Comments

    4 weeks ago

    Harry Potter escaping from Prison...interesting plot.

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    u made the comment on wrong post... sigh

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    no he has not that's the point!

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    ESCAPE from AZKABAN

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Now i'm as confused as you obviously are. visit the optometrist first then if that dont help, a psychiatrist

    4 weeks ago

    Is she wearing short shorts and lots of ass shots of Margot?  That's all I really care about...

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    Pretty sure Margot made a deal to NOT dress like that.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    so, she accepted the role, but didn't want to compromise for the role. To think there are actors that changed their bodies so dramatically for a specific role, but she doesn't want to wear shorts...

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Its call contract negotiations.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    It's called Get Woke Go Broke. People don't watch movies to be lectured to. The original character wore tight revealing clothing. Deal with it, and leave your politics at the door.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Aren't you inserting your own politics by objecting to media due to the stances of the artists that create it?   It just seems so bizarre that the modern consumer seems to be so entitled that they think all forms of art should be catered to them.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    She's also the producer, so she could make whatever deal with herself that she wanted.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    she pretty much is a producer on this film and it wasn't getting made without her, tough break kiddo

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    she should just do porn at this point.

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    Watching an entire film for ass shots lol. You do know she's appeared naked in a movie, yeah?

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    Which one?

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    The wolf of wall street. Clean shaven.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Leo tapped that too bet you

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    you're whacking off to a body double boys

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    pixels are pixels

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Actaully it's really her... that was all covered in a interview with kimmel

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    It is called lying. Celebs do it all the time.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    It's called acting.  Celebs do it all the time

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    She does wear short and Canary boobies bounce pretty nice

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    I think there a lotta movies out there that cover that section of interest.

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    It's not like there's some sort of world wide web for looking up "short shorts" and "ass shots".

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Yeah but the entire point of star power is that people want to see HER in short shorts and ass shots

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    What Ass? Margot has an Extended Back, but just like Brie Larsen, she clearly has ZERO booty in the ass department.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Wrong! She got no ass in the booty! Bootyass and boobieboobs hooray!!!!!!

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    In the Ass Department, more is not necessarily better.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Well, actually...

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    She has a Pancake Ass.

    4 weeks ago

    could've though of a longer name maybe?

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    Well they did change the title to Harley Quinn: Birds Of Prey, hoping it would do better in the theaters.

    4 weeks ago

    this is movie took out everything people wanted to see.... no action, no  booty no bouncing ta ta's no violence. its another PC trash pushing the agenda

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    It literally got its R rating because of violence and sexual content. I have no idea what you're smoking.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    They took all that out, and put in scenes of people getting their faces cut off.

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    PC master race.

    4 weeks ago

    Just watch the Harley Quinn tv show, much, much better!

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    I second this!

    3 weeks ago

    I can't even muster enthusiasm to pirate this piece of crap

    4 weeks ago

    Joker raised the bar so high this movie looks like a parody

    anonymous 4 weeks ago

    this is kind of a parody, never meant to be a serious movie and if youre looking for that, well that's why they have movies like Joker too

    3 weeks ago

    I wish they used Elsa Jean as her double

    4 weeks ago

    Pretty mediocre film and none of the characters actually looked like the characters they're supposed to be portraying. What exactly was their target audience?

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    comic book guy from the simpsons

    3 weeks ago

    God i can't believe i watched this crap to the end!

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    There were literally 2 people in the theater when I went, me and one other dude.  He left about 30-40 minutes in, I was gone about 15 minutes after that.  This movie is GOD AWFUL.  I enjoyed Suicide Squad, saw that like 5 times, but this...oof this was horrible.

    3 weeks ago

    I never understood why anyone would visit a place called pretoria ... like trusting a guy named sinestro or the disepticons ... just seems like bad idea

    3 weeks ago

    I enjoyed the movie just fine, but not knowing the back story or much of the "comic world" or whatever, at the end I was left thinking I got ripped off. How, because they expected me to believe that a psycho chick would team up and play all nice with 4 other (potentially) less psycho chicks. I don't buy it. I mean even relatively sane females can't get along, how the hell are crazy ones going to?

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    Good thing a ripped movie prevents you from being ripped off

    anonymous 3 weeks ago

    I am a woman, and I endorse this message.

    3 weeks ago

    10/10 quality 2/10 in entertainment

    3 weeks ago

    "Sh*t" is right.

    4 weeks ago

    i cannot choose between this and The Love Guru being the worst movie ever made.

    4 weeks ago

    When chick directors hire muscular red shirt guys for fight scenes you just know they are the same as dudes. Not a bad movie if you dont care too much for the plot

    4 weeks ago

    At leas Rosie Perez is in it

    4 weeks ago

    Puddin'!

    4 weeks ago

    Thank you

    4 weeks ago

    wow tnx a lot

    4 weeks ago

    Be Kind

    3 weeks ago

    Please don't download this garbage ...

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