Birds of Prey: Review

By Wesley Emmott

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a 2020 addition to the DC Extended Universe directed by Cathy Yan. It acts as a spinoff of the 2016 Suicide Squad.

The first thing this story does is wash its hands of Suicide Squad by having set off with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) establishing that she’s on her own without the Joker. She also acts as the narrator throughout the story while trying to avoid both detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) gangster Roman Sionis/ Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).

The story is enjoyable with action scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat. If you’ve seen Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, it does its character backstories in a similar fashion, but I wasn’t a fan of it here. Otherwise, the story is pretty easy to digest.

Besides Quinn, Sionis and Montoya, there’s also nightclub singer Dinah Lance/ Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) who works with Montoya to take Sionis down, crossbow-wielding vigilante Helena Bertinelli/ Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and orphan pickpocket Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco). The most interesting is Montoya and Lance, who both had good motivations and I wanted to see succeed, while Sionis was an over-the-top joy to watch as the main villain. Bertinelli unfortunately never got that much time to be interesting and Harley Quinn herself got more than enough dialogue to be sick of her at the end, not helped by the fact that she’s the narrator.

Birds of Prey was decent overall, there’s enough to enjoy in it overall, but it doesn’t go beyond an okay Superhero film with some alright characters.

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