I normally don’t write reviews but I’m baffled by all the 1 and 2 star reviews on this film. Have those people even seen it, or are they just against it because they are pushing an MRA agenda on a fun comic book film?
Margot Robbie IS Harley. The movement, the humor, the personality, the mannerisms, and especially the North Jersey accent. Ms. Sorkin may of voiced the character first, but Robbie IS Harley Quinn. Much like Deadpool, there is a lot of meta-humor, non-sequitur, 4th wall breaks, and winking at the camera. If you enjoyed Deadpool 1 & 2, Birds of Prey is right up your alley.
Ewan gives a fun interpretation of Black Mask, a C-level villain that they just have fun with. He’s equally hilarious and funny, and Ewan really leans into the role. I can see how it might not be for everybody, but it really clicked for me. Zsasz shows up as his right hand man, and displays a lot of his comic book traits.
Huge shout out to Jurnee Bell as Dinah Laurel Lance. Green Arrow and Black Canary are some of my favorite comic characters, and I was nervous going into this, but they really nailed the feel of Dinah, unfortunately far better than Arrow. Thankfully Guggenheim was nowhere near this production. They make you earn the Canary Cry, but when it happens it is glorious. On top of that she did her own singing for the film, and she has a fantastic voice.
I was nervous about Rosie Perez playing Montoya, as I was worried she would be too Rosie (i.e. White Men Can’t Jump), but she gives a good performance as an older Renee who has been through it all. This Montoya never became the Question, but definitely still has JLA/JSA ties.
The weakest performance for me was Huntress. Not that she was bad, she did the best with what she was given, and her action scenes are fantastic, compared to De Gouw as Helena, Winstead seemed to be missing some of the pain inherent in the character. She does ball of Rage well, but there isn’t a whole lot more to the character.
On a whole, this movie is fantastic. Fantastic off the wall humor from Robbie, looney toons level of violence that alternates between hilarious and ultraviolence, a great straight-man performance from Jurnee Bell, and a fun over the top camp turn from Ewan MacGregor as Black Mask made this a fantastic time at the movies. Don’t listen to the review bombs; There is no feminist agenda. There is no man-hating. The movie isn’t beating you with “woke”. It is a fun female lead comic book movie that is both loyal to the comics and takes fun liberties with characters, while being genuinely funny with awesome action sequences. I’m looking forward to seeing these characters again, and hopefully Dinah meets her Oliver Queen on the big screen. Definitely going to see this again!