Review: 'Birds Of Prey' Allows Harley Quinn To Tell Her Own Story

Movie Reviews
Kyle Brester
February 7, 2020
by Kyle Brester
Birds Of Prey
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

As much as I'd love to forget about 2016's Suicide Squad, one of the best things about it was Margot Robbie as the famous DC Comics villain Harley Quinn. There were many people who thought the same, which is probably why Warner Bros. decided to give the character her very own movie. Not only is she the star, but many other female characters from the DC Comics join her. So if you want to see more Harley Quinn and want to get a "kind-of redo" of Suicide Squad, Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is what you're looking for.

Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was the best part of Suicide Squad and she is now the best part of Birds Of Prey. A huge part of that comes from her killer performance that immediately hooks an audience's attention. But a smaller part of it is because despite it being considered an "ensemble" movie, the main focus is really Harley. She is the main character and is given the reigns to tell a story centering around herself in ways only she can do.

While it delivers as a Harley Quinn movie, it doesn't succeed at delivering an "ensemble" movie. Characters such as Black Canary and Huntress do have their small moments to shine, but they come across more as secondary characters to Harley. Harley's narrations give plenty of backstories so we understand these characters better, but it doesn't help them break out of their secondary roles. They are solid side characters for Harley, but if you wanted them to share the spotlight with her, you may be disappointed.

One character that did not disappoint was Ewan McGregor's villainous character Roman Sionis (Black Mask). Yes, the performance was definitely over the top, but McGregor is clearly having a ball with it and his charisma will get you on board. Though goofy, he is playing a downright evil villain who also is clearly self-conscious with personal issues. It is not explained fully, but it helps create an interesting character. The same goes for his right-hand man Victor Zsasz, whose funniest and most intriguing moments come from his obvious obsession with his boss.

Despite the villains not being explained fully, the first half of the movie is taken up by over-explaining itself and has a different structure because it's told through time-jumps and narrations from Harley. There are a lot of needed introductions and explanations, but it ends up becoming too much and just overstays its welcome.

Luckily, you will not become bored with its story structure thanks to the choreography and action. This is director Cathy Yan's first big-budget movie, so for her to nail some killer action sequences were very impressive. They become the most memorable parts of the film and help us enjoy the protagonists a lot more.

Warner Bros. has been heading in a better direction with its DC movies lately, and I think Birds Of Prey is another example of that. If you're wanting more Harley Quinn hijinks, I think you'll find it here.
Birds Of Prey
Birds Of Prey - Warner Bros.
Birds Of Prey
Birds Of Prey - Warner Bros.
Birds Of Prey
Birds Of Prey - Warner Bros.
Birds Of Prey
Birds Of Prey - Warner Bros.
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