Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)

“Why don’t I own the crossbow killer? I like crossbows!” – Black Mask

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After breaking up with the Joker, Harley Quinn teams up with 3 other heroes in order to try and save a young girl from a local crime lord.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing because I’ve always been a fan of stories within the DC Universe.

The way that they present things here comes across as being quite fun but it far too often feels like they are trying to copy the success and tone of the Marvel films of Deadpool (2016).

The characters are all shown to be quite extreme in all that they say and do and from that perspective it all works yet the story that we get here ends up having absolutely no bearing on the way things play out in the DC Universe.

The action scenes are quite fun to watch, but they also go a bit too far and all feel far too over the top than necessary.

The persona of Harley Quinn is taken to the extreme here and for those familiar or unfamiliar with the character, it’s clear to see that they go a bit too far with things especially given the fact that throughout most of her antics here, things feel far too repetitive and that definitely takes too much away from being able to enjoy this story even more.

Ewan McGregor is completely wasted here as the villain because everything he does is a bit too cliched.

In addition, the film never does anything to make us really care about any of the characters which hurts things even more.

Bottom Line – Fun movie that feels too much like a Deadpool (2016) doppelganger.  The characters work for what they are set to do, but overall, this film feels like a complete farce and has no real bearing on the DC Universe like one would hope for. The action scenes work even though they are presented as being very over the top. The crazy persona of HarleyQuinn goes a bit too far along the way and the story feels much too repetitive because of that. The villain is too cliched and nothing is done her to make us care about any of the characters.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Being produced under the working title of “Fox Force Five.” Fox Force Five was the name of a fictional television show that never made it past the production of its pilot in the movie Pulp Fiction (1994). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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