Since being announced, ‘Birds of Prey’ has sat high on my 2020 most anticipated list – and I think for fairly justifiable reasons. Killer cast, great DC characters and the ultimate death of the Male Gaze in film (which is very present in almost every single comic book movie). Having finally seen it, I must say DC are really showing off at this point.
Marvel has been owning the blockbuster world for the last 5 years, but DC is finally getting its groove back with multiple solid outing.
Joker became an Oscar worthy Drama, Shazam was a hilarious and heartfelt family film, and now Birds of Prey brings what Deadpool brought for Fox, but with a visually dynamic action world on par with the John Wick universe.
BUT…there is talk around the internet that this film is a ‘flop’. But the reality is: just because it’s a box office disappointment, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie.
Why It’s a ‘Flop’
It could be the fact that the marketing was off, not embracing and advertising the films R-Rating, it could be that no one cares about the character of Harley Quinn.
However, I personally think it’s all in the name.
To me, this was a Harley Quinn movie with a soft introduction to the amazing members of the Birds Of Prey.
Subsequently, since seeing this movie the week of its release, the name as it shows in certain theatres has changed from Birds Of Prey- and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (lengthy!) to Harley Quinn: Birds Of Prey.
Now this reportedly is because of search purposes, so people and search engines can find the name. However, the fact they had to change the name for people to find it speaks for itself.
Why It Actually IS a GOOD Movie.
Margot Robbie is an amazing, unhinged, fourth-wall breaking Harley Quinn. She seems to be having more fun here than any other movie she’s ever done before, especially in Suicide Squad.
Yan knows exactly the kind of movie this needed to be. It’s kinetic, fun, and full of ass-kicking female spirit.
The cast is superb. I absolutely love Jurnee Smolett, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez and Ella Jay Basco here.
Ewan McGregor had some hilarious moments, but his character wasn’t as menacing as I had expected.
The film jumps back and forth, and it fits so well with the fact they are telling it through a character such as Harley Quinn. It’s disjointed, jumping back and forth, with constant narration providing small details that aren’t needed but it is coming from the mind of Harley Quinn after all.
The third act feels rushed, as if it was a long TV show rather than a movie. But in the end it tied up what they needed to and it didn’t necessarily ruin it for me.
You’re invested way more in this film because of the individual characters; as opposed to the grand-scale story.
It’s a story we may have seen time and time before, but it has never been told in this way; and with such diverse characters.
The fact that they made this work, and it feels so distinct from the rest of the DC Universe, is a huge win.
You Need to See It For Yourselves
Birds Of Prey explodes with personality, fantastic film making, and amazing characters.
You don’t have to have watched Suicide Squad to be involved in this one as it’s a fresh start, just like after a breakup.
Although the characters kick ass and are portrayed amazingly, this is 100% a Harley Quinn movie that barely introduces the Birds of Prey.
Characters weren’t fleshed out as much as I would have liked and I can only hope for an actual Birds Of Prey spin off in the future.
This film is super fun, fast-paced, and sporting a wicked female spirit that is a big F you to other portrayals. So GO SUPPORT THIS MOVIE.