Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
Release Date: 06/02/2020
Running Time: 109 mins
Director Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor
(2016) PG-13 | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
It feels good to be bad... Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?
The Herald Sun Digital Edition: Robbie flying high
The only positive impression left by the DC Comics damp squib that was 2017's Suicide Squad?
It just had to be Harley Quinn.
Whereas the rest of Suicide Squad chased its own tail until dizziness and fatigue set in - symptoms also experienced by its audience - Margot Robbie's dynamically deranged portrayal of Harley Q roamed free and remained on the attack throughout.
Little wonder then that after looming so large in just a small amount of screen time, Harley Quinn now gets her own movie to do her endearingly dangerous thing.
The first thing that hits you about Birds of Prey is just how ultra-violent it can be when it chooses. And man, oh man, it goes with that choice a lot.
This is a movie with a gleeful urge to be in your face, up your nose and on your nerves whenever possible.
It is a Suicide Squad spin-off in name only. If anything, it's a wisecracking, limb-snapping , girls-first response to the blokey nihilism of Deadpool.
So if you are faint of heart, sensitive of stomach, or selective of taste, you might be wise to give this one a big miss. Everyone else should have a high old time revelling in both the relentless release of energy, and the merrily menacing silliness of it all.
As Birds of Prey begins, Harley lets slip she has just broken up with her long-time boyfriend The Joker. (Not the Joaquin Phoenix one. The Jared Leto one. Thank heavens.)
Anyway, our anti-heroine declares it is time to "put myself out there," and no one does "out there" better than the former Dr Harleen Quinzel (a former trained psychologist, in case you've forgotten). Now off the chain, on the loose and out of her ever-lovin' mind all over Gotham City, Harley's hellraising soon catches the attention of psychopathic nightclub impresario and covert crime lord Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor).
This sparks a fairly wacky, not-so-challenging plot which sends Harley on a wild-goose chase to find a chubby teenage pickpocket who has swallowed a priceless diamond.
Once found, we learn the kid is going to have to poop out the valuable gem to save Harley from certain execution by Sionis and his heavies. (It goes without saying Birds of Prey has not been nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar.)
While we wait for this notso-appealing situation to sort itself out, Harley's anarchic antics also put her on a collision course with tough-asnails cop Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), vigilante assassin Helena Bertinelli (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and reluctant Sionis ally Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett-Bell ).
This trio will one day comprise the elite unit of crime-fighting superheroines known as the Birds of Prey. Which not only makes this movie their origin story, but an audition by stealth for their own screen spin-off .
Nevertheless, when push comes to shove, this is Margot Robbie's movie, and it is her aggressive drive and unorthodox vision for Harley Quinn that keeps Birds of Prey aloft, alert and ready to swoop.
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