Movie Review: Birds of Prey


“Birds of Prey” is a delightfully violent action film, touching on the genre of break-up and crime at the same time. In the spotlight is Harley Quinn starring Margot Robbie, along with Renee Montoya played by Rosie Perez, Helena Bertinelli with the alter ego Huntress played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as the Black Canary. Continuing on from DC Comics’ previous movie “Suicide Squad,” this is a building block into the next movie, possibly incorporating Batman into the mix or concentrating on the “Birds of Prey” as they leave some bait at the end for their next release. 

Focusing primarily on the journey of Harley Quinn, as she copes her heartbreak with the infamous Joker in her own intoxicating ways. Without the protection of her ex-boyfriend, Quinn becomes the most wanted person in Gotham as anyone from her past is no longer scared of the repercussions of the Joker. Her biggest concern is Roman Sionis, also known as Black Mask, played by Ewan McGregor, who puts a price tag on her head. Trying to survive, Harley Quinn meets and teams up with the Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya. With some persuasion, they agree and work together to protect Cassandra Cain, introduced as a pickpocket that picks up the Bertinelli diamond then swallows it to protect it, and Cassandra becomes Quinn’s responsibility. Ultimately, the women succeed in taking Roman down and Cassandra becomes Harley Quinn’s apprentice after collecting money from pawning the diamond.

Having the group of heroes all played by women may make it more entertaining for the female audience, while still having the bloody scenes for the action lovers. Even more so, Quinn goes off on her own without the Joker and figures out how to stand on her own two feet, or in this case, dodge bullets from her headhunters. Harley Quinn seems to be the only reason that this movie may be worth watching due to her quirkiness and chaotic energy that keeps the audience interested. This movie is perfect if you are a fan of the DC world as it is another piece in the timeline or just a casual movie with friends, however, it is most definitely not recommended for children to see.

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