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Birds of Prey

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Author: Joe Kennett, Posted: Monday, 24th February 2020, 09:00

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Picture: DC Films Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Picture: DC Films

Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn in the latest instalment of the DC extended universe, ‘Birds of Prey’ (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), a spin-off of ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016).

Set post-break up between Quinn and the Joker, the film depicts her fall from grace and the discovery that more people want her dead than she had thought.

What DC seem to be doing well in the past year with the likes of Joker (2019) is making their audiences fall in love with the super villains as well as the heroes, but in this new adventure, Harley Quinn is our hero, as well as being completely despicable all at the same time.

The story thrives from Quinn’s sorrow and the raw emotion of being completely and utterly heartbroken. It portrays the completely natural human outbursts of being angry and upset after a break up, albeit on a rather extreme scale.

Also acting as producer on the film, Margot Robbie brings such fresh energy to the character of Harley Quinn, and the film really benefits on the whole as a result.

Her performance outdoes that of the character’s appearance in Suicide Squad, and the story in itself feels so much stronger.

Ewan McGregor stars as Roman Sionis, our uber-villain, an insane crime lord threatening Harley and new found friend Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).

Basco stars in her first major role here, and absolutely nails the fear/'badass' combo, giving us some of the finest character development in the movie. Without the intuitive casting, the film would struggle to stand as highly as it does in the midst of recent comic book moves to the big screen.

Although at times seemingly forced, the humour drives the pacing of the film, along with some real girl power fight scenes, where the newly-formed Birds of Prey take on Gotham’s toughest thugs and gangsters and establish themselves as a true force to be reckoned with.

It’s refreshing to see a new group of anti-heroes take centre stage – superhero films are in a time of redemption and fresh starts following the massive events in the comic book world since ‘Joker’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’, so ‘Birds of Prey’ stands on its own two feet and keeps faith in the DC universe alive.

If it’s anything to go by, the upcoming Batman movie may well be a sight to behold.

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