If someone would’ve told me that the DC Comics character of Harley Quinn would go beyond just being smacked around by the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series with not only her own comic series, but also be in feature films such as Suicide Squad, and even have one of the most foul-mouthed (not to mention, hilarious) cartoons currently on television, I would’ve looked at you as if you were suffering from a serious lack of brain cells. However, here I was on a Sunday night, watching her be portrayed with delicious, unadulterated glee by one Margot Robbie, as she’s flipping around a warehouse (in heels, no less), smashing goons’ faces with a bat while hopped up on a king’s ransom’s worth of cocaine.
If you wanted to make comparisons to the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest shit-talking resident, Deadpool, they wouldn’t be too far-fetched. Regardless of such, Birds of Prey, and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn is a fun ride with surprisingly stellar performances (I’m looking at you, Ewan McGregor), cleverly placed song selection for the soundtrack, and some of the best action sequences a DC Comics adaptation since Gal Gadot beat down German soldiers in the mud of ‘No man’s land” in Wonder Woman. For me, the film only had a couple of minor flaws (such as the character development for Helena Bertinelli, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) but overall, Birds of Prey continues the trend of critical goodwill for the DC Comics corner of the Warner Brothers Studio that has been rising for the past three years. I’ll get more in-depth in my spoiler review, however, if you can still catch it in theatres, or, if you can wait for video release, don’t let the news about the grosses and the weird lack of marketing fool you– Birds of Prey is a *ahem*, fantabulous treat.
photo cred: Warner Bros./DC Films