30 SECOND REVIEW!
Misleading and terribly titled, and yet Margot Robbie is phenomenal! After a breakup with the Joker, Harley finds herself out on her own and facing a swarm of enemies. The rest of the cast is just for plot. Make no mistake, this movie is ALL HARLEY QUINN, and that is perfect! Plenty of action, lots of laughs, insanely (surprisingly) dope fighting sequences…but most of all its just Hella Fun watching Robbie bring this awesome character to life! 😀
Blame Marketing. Original title: ‘Birds of Prey: (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)’? – SERIOUSLY?? – geeeezus!
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: MARKETING. MATTERS.
In yet ANOTHER weird move by Warner Bros…. unlike Marvel, WB manages to FUCK UP another of their comic book properties, Smdh….
The TRUTH is, when it comes to lovable(but deadly) irreverent characters, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey is on par with the original Deadpool movie (2016). And if you remember, Deadpool was a surprise hit and a box office JUGGERNAUT!
I’m here to say that this movie is equally badazz on every level! unfortunately, a bizarre title and misleading teasers caused self-immolation at the box office 😦
EVERYBODY should go see this movie!
So if If you don’t understand the character of Harley Quinn by now, that’s YOUR bad! She is easily one of the most beloved, most charismatic character of the past 25 years. And rightfully so. Harley (also known as DR. Harleen Quinzel) is a former criminal psychiatrist who tragically fell in love with her most (in)famous patient: THE JOKER!
From there its a tragic love story.
Harley and The Joker (aka ‘Mr. J’…aka ‘Puddin’) have spent the last 20+ years causing all sorts of mayhem and chaos in cartoons, in comic books, and in video games – and making it look awesome! There’s a REASON why Harley is a Top selling Halloween costume every year! She’s just SO. MUCH. FUN.
and, DAMMIT if Margot Robbie ain’t the living breathing embodiment of Harley Quinn. I mean, she’s fucking amazing! This movie should have simply been called ‘Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey’
Even THAT would be misleading. This is ALL Harley, ALL the time – and that’s a good thing! A VERY good thing. The rest of the cast fills out the plot, mostly involving revenge against Harley + a jewel heist, but that’s beside the point. Jurnee Smollett-Bell (yes, Jussie’s sister) is great as Black Canary, but everyone else is largely forgettable. Rosie Perez visits us from the 1990s and looks like it. (sorry Rosie!)
But Again, I compare this movie to Deadpool…the female version of Deadpool. Just as funny, equally as raunchy, tons of action, and incredible fighting sequences ( I mean, REALLY) . Margot commands the screen every second from start to finish, all the while balancing Crazy with Fun, without over doing it. This is a REAL actor playing a ridiculous character but bringing TRUTH to it. It’s a gem to watch!
The ‘punchline’ is, as a former psychiatrist, Harley is AWARE of her insanity. She understands that she lost her mind years ago and has accepted this version of Herself. That, plus like Deadpool, she breaks the 4th Wall at will – with hilarious results. This self-awareness is what makes this character so lovable. And a bit tragic.
But mostly FUN 🙂
The woeful lack of box office success only proves that Hollywood and mainstream audiences aren’t quite THERE yet. Not understanding a great female character. Look how long it took to FINALLY get Wonder Woman on the big screen (box office hit). Marvel Studios is finally releasing Black Widow after the character’s death! eye roll…
This movie SHOULD have simply been called Harley Quinn or Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, and left well enough alone. It should have been promoted with the SAME amount of girl-power gusto as Marvel Comic’s Captain Marvel movie. (but of course Marvel Studios always gets it right)
I’m guessing the studio didn’t allow for better marketing budget? That’s too bad. It is worth nothing that Margot Robbie also produced this movie. This is her baby. And, like Ryan Reynolds, I’m sure she fought hard as hell to make this happen. I only wish they handed her MORE of the reigns.
Overall, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey is like a blast of fresh air from a studio that seems incessantly STUCK on making Batman and Superman movies forever! (eye roll)
…But Should you See It?
You damn right you should! Go see this in theaters. This is the PERFECT Valentine’s Day date movie! Its too much fun to miss out on…and Dammit, Margot Robbie owns this character! 😀
(out of 5 Harley hammers!)