Birds of Prey (2020)
Directed by: Cathy Yan
Starring: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as The Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cass, and rounding out the cast, Ewan McGregor as the Black Mask.
Some of you might be surprised that I went to see this movie. To be honest I am a little surprised myself. First of all, I am not a big fan of Marvel movies. I agree with Martin Scorsese that Marvel movies aren’t really cinema. I know, this is a DC Comics picture. DC Comics, Marvel Comics, the same thing. So, what possessed me on a bright, sunny, Sunday afternoon to enter a dark cavern in a multiplex and witness mayhem at its finest? Margot Robbie, that’s what. Plus, there isn’t a whole lot to choose from right now and I have actually heard good things about this movie. So, I hustled there inside, and friends, I am here to tell you I am glad I did!
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
I don’t know much about the source material because I stopped reading comics when I was 12, but this movie has legs and stands on its own.
This is 109 minutes of pure entertainment! A tip of the hat to Quentin Tarantino for some of the action scenes sure looked familiar. If you are going to steal, steal from the best, I always say! Also, there were some memorable dialog, lines, cultural references, and T-Shirts, such as:
“You make me want to be less of a terrible person,” spoken by One Harley Quinn.
She has the word “Rotten” tattooed on her right cheek, and she sports at times a T-shirt that says, “Daddy’s Little Monster.”
At one point she refers to a character as “You Frida Kahlo looking mother fucker!”
Rose Perez sports a T-shirt that says, “I shaved my balls for this.”
And at the end Harley Quinn reveals her new calling cards: “Harley Quinn and Associates – Bad Ass Motherfuckers!”
Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey
Written and directed by women, with strong female leads, this movie is a towering monument to female empowerment. Lot’s a diversity on display here too. Visually stunning, Gotham City never looked better as photographed by lensman Mathew Libatique. Add a killer sound track that perfectly matches the action and you have movie that is solid entertainment and a lot of fun. Two thumbs way up!