Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
After a bad breakup with the Joker, Harley finds herself on her own in Gotham trying to make her way in a cruel city with a long history for chewing people up and spitting ‘em out. One of the big differences in this Harley and ‘Suicide Squad Harley’ is that she’s not portrayed as the Joker’s sexy but insane girlfriend. Christina Hodson(Bumblebee) writes Harley the way she should be, A wild and fun party girl, who just happens to have a Ph.D. in Psychology and doesn’t mind breaking every bone in your body to get what she wants.
One of the problems Harley has to face is that when she was with Joker she pissed off a lot of people. Now that her puddin’ is no longer there to protect her those people want their revenge. Luckily for her, she meets a few ladies along the way that might be able to help her out of her current situation. Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), a police detective who learned how to be a cop watching 80’s cop shows. Helena Bertinelli aka The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), trained assassin and only survivor of the Bertinelli crime family. Dinah Lance aka Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) part-time singer/all-time tough chick.
Unlike Suicide Squad they don’t just throw Harley together with the Birds of Prey and it’s off to defeat evil. The common link that brings them all together is a little girl by the name of Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco). She’s also a big part of the reason why the movies’ main villain Roman Sionis aka Black Mask (Ewan Mcgregor) wants them all dead.
The movie starts off with Harley narrating the story of her breakup and various other events jumping back and forth over the course of a week or so. But it’s done as if it’s an excited child is telling you a story, skipping huge parts and then jumping back to fill in the weird huge gap so it makes sense. The action sequences are amazing, the fight choreography almost rivals that of John Wick with just as much if not more violence. I normally never pay attention to a movie’s soundtrack but this one was on point with everything that was going on.
Now, most of the characters I know from the comics except for maybe Montoya and Cain. I know Montoya was a cop and that’s about it. So the role she played pretty much fit the bill. Cassandra was one of the many Batgirls at one point, but the movie version is a very different character. However, her purpose in the film was best served as the reason why Harley and the Birds eventually have to work together so I’m ok with that change also. Black Canary was one of the top characters for me. The ethnic change was not a big deal at all for me, Jurnee Smollett-Bell knocked that role outta the park. Huntress was the one I had a small issue with, even though they made her just as deadly as her comic book counterpart, the movie version came across as a socially awkward kinda withdrawn lady that they tried to make funny.
McGregor as Black Mask and Chris Messina as Victor Zassz were both pretty psychotic and deadly …. Kinda like the comic books, so well done fellas. I mean c’mon we all knew McGregor was gonna kill it when we heard he had the part. He did not disappoint.
I don’t need to tell you about Robbie. She was one of the better things of Suicide Squad and she’s even better in this.