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Birds of Prey Review

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

I went into this movie with some doubts as the trailers didn't really hype it up a lot for me but boy was I wrong. This movie was a true delight to see from the action to the humor to the visuals. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn and truly gets to shine in this film, giving it all in this R-rated flick. She's joined by Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and (my personal favorite) Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helena Bertinelli. All of them are incredible in this film, each getting a chance to shine and show off their acting skills, and each with their own arcs that are mostly well written. I would have to say that the constant flips in flashbacks and flashforwards was confusing and sometimes a little unnecessary so I wasn't too much a fan of that but Harley's voice-over explanations made up for it and the story itself was so good that I can just brush past the other stuff. The best character arc was Montoya's as she plays the good cop in a precinct of morons and dicks who is constantly getting stepped on and shoved aside. It is sad to know that in this day and age that crap like that is still done but she is such a strong character that I'm glad she knows at the end she doesn't owe anything to them and leaves. My favorite character was Helena Bertinelli aka Huntress as Winstead was just hilarious playing the ass-kicking, vengeful vigilante on the hunt for revenge for her family with almost zero social skills and some serious anger-management issues. I would definitely want to see some more of her now that she's off on a new path. Dinah Lance played the formulaic character of someone just trying to get by in this world, even by working for a shithead like Sionis (Ewan McGregor) but eventually does the right thing and turns to good. Despite that, it was still well written and enjoyable to watch, just predictable. The relationship between Quinn and Cain was totally adorable and I am so in for any spin-off films revolving around them. But the standout character out of all of them was Ewan McGregor's Roman Sionis aka Black Mask, the twisted crime lord with a dangerous, ever changing personality. McGregor looks like he's having the time of his life in this role and it shows, with his scenes ranging from funny to horrifying without missing a beat. This film manages to pack a lot in its shorter runtime compared to other DC films and yet manages to please with every minute it has and none of it feeling wasteful. DC movies have been on fire lately and let's hope that trend continues into the future and I really hope we get more out of these characters as they are too good to lose. If you're a fan of badass women who don't take shit from anyone then this is a movie for you.

Favorite scene: Call me...Huntress

4/5

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