Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is finally here, and it does not disappoint. This is the most fun I had at the movies in a long time, and personally I hope we see a lot more of this. What Margot Robbie and her team are able to do here is incredible. The only fair comparison to this movie is indeed Deadpool, however, this movie still stands out on its own. I was skeptical going into this movie, but when the theater filled with people dressed up as Harley, I knew this was something special. And throughout the movie, my audience laughed, gasped, and cheered! This movie is important to a lot of people, and this is something fans should be proud of.
Now, all that being said, this movie is not for everyone. It is told out of order which might turn off some moviegoers, but I thought it was really unique and made this movie even more special. Just when you think you know what’s going on, there is a twist that takes the story in a new direction. Also, this movie is literally told from the perspective of Harley Quinn, which sucked me right into the film. You get all of Harley’s insight into what is going on, making the character super relatable. This movie is like a tour through the crazy world of Harley Quinn, and she’s the guide.
The world-building in this film is fantastic. It really feels like you have entered the world of Harley Quinn, from the villains, the locations, and of course the music. This movie has it’s own soundtrack, and it elevates every second of this movie. The locations throughout the movie are incredible, especially Black Mask’s club and the carnival. They really immerse you into the world and it’s kind of sad when you have to leave. The best comparison to this world-building is that of Despicable Me, just over the top villains running the city. It’s just a super fun world to live in, even if it’s only for a little while.
The real glue that holds this movie together is the incredible cast. And I mean this when I say it, there is not one bad performance in the movie. Margot Robbie is, of course, the standout. She becomes the character of Harley Quinn in every way. Her performance is funny, charming, and shockingly relatable. There are several parts during this movie where you relate and feel bad for Harley. Overall, Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley is truly captivating.
And while it is the Harley show, the other actors make the most of their little screentime. I would usually list the stand-outs, but honestly, it’s too hard to choose. Probably the best performance besides Margot is Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary. Jurnee’s Black Canary deserves all the praise she is receiving and is a true badass in every way. Then there is the scene-stealing Cassandra Caine. Ella Jay Basco is a ton of fun and her character is a great partner for Harley. Their interactions are some of the best parts of the movie. Rosie Perez proves she’s still got it as her cop is amazing in the movie. Her performance is very down to Earth and I think a lot of women will relate to her character’s struggle. And finally, even though Huntress has a very small part, Mary Elizabeth Winstead still slays in the role.
As for Ewan McGregor, he truly is one of the best DC villains of all time. His character crosses the line several times and while he may be extreme, the roots of his character are still present in society. He is also hilarious at times and really commands the screen. However, as for Victor Zsasz, he is the one weak link in the group. Chris Messina isn’t necessarily bad in the role, but his character could have been so much more. But overall this movie is strung together by an absolutely stellar cast, and hopefully, we can see them all return at some point.
Another standout when it comes to this movie is director Cathy Yan. She creates a truly unique world for the characters to play around in with tons of vibrant colors. And considering she has never worked on a project even close to this caliber, you can really notice her directing. There are a number of impressive shots in this movie and editing techniques on display here. Also, a special shoutout to John Wick director Chad Stahelski who helped with the action sequences, because they are incredible. Especially the one where Harley breaks into the police station, that whole sequence was mesmerizing. All together producer Margot Robbie, director Cathy Yan, stunt choreographer Chad Stahelski, and writer Christina Hodson make one amazing behind the scenes team, and I hope they all have a future with DC.
In the end, this movie is a fun and wild ride. It never lets up and has a number of really amazing sequences. Margot Robbie absolutely kills it as Harley Quinn and is supported by the rest of her incredible cast. Black Mask is a delightful and terrifying villain played brilliantly by Ewan McGregor. The world-building is top-notch as you really do feel you have been sucked into the wonderful, vibrant, and crazy world of Harley Quinn. The directing is very impressive and the action sequences are truly captivating. This is one memorable adventure you won’t want to miss!