Harley Quinn returns to the big screen with Birds of Prey

Roisin Maguire

Good guy films are officially out the window after DC’s spin off, “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”.

The movie sees Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, return full swing after a break up with the Joker. We first met the couple in “Suicide Squad” which grossed a total of $746 million worldwide.

The whole purpose of the movie is for Harley Quinn to find her place in the supervillian world after her split from the Joker and to show everyone that she wasn’t just a great woman behind a successful man.

Robbie keeps to the true character of Harley Quinn, armed with glitter bombs, her trusty baseball bat and her signature eye catching and colourful look.

The narrator is Quinn herself who tells us the story through loops, rewinds and plot twists. It is similar to a child trying to bake for the first time without a recipe which results in a mess but it just seems to work as the storytelling matches what it must look like to live in Harley Quinn’s mind.

The film moves from villain to villain as Quinn finds herself hated by what seems like everyone in Gotham and now doesn’t have the protection of the Joker. The biggest villain in town, Ronan Sionis, played by Ewan McGregor, whose signature move is to peel the faces off his victims, sends Quinn on a mission to find a diamond. If she is unsuccessful, his signature move will be applied which results in Quinn teaming up with the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), a police officer (Rosie Perez) and Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).

The director, Cathy Yan, did a fantastic job of nailing the stunts. In fact, she revealed in a recent tweet that one of the stunts was so intense that it left one of the camera men unconscious.

What makes this movie is the humour and the background to all of the characters. The humour is mostly because of the main character, as it seems that every time Quinn is on screen, something funny is happening. While Ronan Sionis isn’t the most threatening of villains, his humour also works well in the movie because of his eccentric personality.

The character of the Huntress is seeking revenge for childhood trauma that she witnessed and spent her life growing up fighting to make sure she gets it. The Black Canary’s unusual talent is revealed towards the end of the movie and the Birds of Prey team work well together thanks to each character’s individual skills.

The only problem with the movie is possibly the fact that the only character that has an actual superpower is the Black Canary, the remainder of the team are just very skilled fighters.

However, something that possibly didn’t need to be included in the movie is the scene which would have resulted in Harley Quinn being sexually assaulted until the Black Canary saved her. This could be the reason for the movie being R-rated.

All in all, the movie is definitely worth the trip to the cinema as the action and the humour was on point.

Roisin Maguire 

Image Credit: Chloe Rooney