'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' REVIEW!!

by Edwin Betancourt 4 months ago in movie

*Non Spoilers*

'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' REVIEW!!

Flashback to weeks ago when Fandango first made tickets available for Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, I happily brought my ticket for February 11th, 2020 at 10:00am. And as I write this, that date is today!

It was disheartening to see the negative feedback the media has been giving this film because it didn't make triple digits at the box office, but one thing about me is that I don't listen to box office reports, because I go see the movie myself like a rational human being.

Now, let's discuss this movie in full. Well not in full since I'm avoiding spoilers.

This movie is not the sequel to Suicide Squad (as that is currently being filmed), this film is a spin off or as I call it, a pit stop for Harley Quinn (played by two time Oscar nominee Margot Robbie) before she starts driving people nuts in The Suicide Squad out in 2021.

The film's intro is done beautifully in animation and it sets up the next few scenes with ease. The movie is narrated by Harley herself, so if you expect this film to be told in a sane and organized fashion, you don't know jack about Harley!

The other characters are introduced (remember I'm avoiding spoilers so I won't say too much about those introductions) and the movie starts to unfold in ways that I was honestly thrilled by.

If you're the type of person that expects this film to be full of action scenes and then slows down a bit before picking back up, you are going to hate this film!

The action is nonstop and for someone who drank a large soda during the movie, it made me forget how full my bladder was.

But you'll definitely love the Boobytrap battle scene, which has a cameo from Harley's Suicide Squad attire and a comic accurate vest that plays a very interesting role for Detective Montoya.

The theater was full of adults of all ages and there was laughter, shouts of "Oh sh*t!" (let's just say, Harley can do a lot with a baseball bat), praise for a certain scene involving Black Canary (played impeccably by Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and even some gasps (seriously Ewan McGregor's character Rowan Sionis is a force to be reckoned with).

But the five guys who were sitting behind me (middle aged men who were very loud and opinionated during the trailers and made it abundantly clear they appreciated ScarJo's body during the Black Widow trailer) did something I didn't think they would do during the movie...they stood silent and actually enjoyed it!

If this movie was able to make five men laugh, clap, gasp and walk out the theater saying "That (insert poop emoji) was awesome!" Then I can assure you, it will make you feel the same way.

In order to make this a fun non spoiler review, I will answer questions that I have heard circulate Twitter and the internet of Hobgoblins and Trolls.


* "This Film is Anti Men!" - Grace Randolph

This is a constant subject that is brought up whenever a film starring women is released. I'm sure Little Women endured the same thing too.

It also doesn't help when you have Youtuber Movie Screecher, Grace Randolph uploading her views on Youtube to her under 1 million subscribers, spreading misinformation. She claims B.O.P is "anti men" and "Makes every man in the movie look bad!" and I 100% disagree with her!

First off, this film is set in Gotham City, as someone who watched the animated series of Batman, read the comics, played the games and even partook in the Fox show Gotham, I know that everyone in this city regardless of gender, is corrupt!

Renee Montoya --played by Rosie Perez (a miscast in my eyes because there were moments where she lacked some chemistry with her costars) was mistreated by her male colleagues in the Gotham City Police Department, Randolph pointed out that there could've been one good officer to back Montoya up, but there wasn't any.

I saw the officers treating Renee no different than how the women were treated in the smash hit The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Renee didn't sit back and cry when she was being pushed around by her male colleagues, she pushed back!

Another thing Randolph addressed which irritated me, was the fact Renee's sexuality wasn't shown in the film.

If you're a DC fan or a fan of Renee Montoya's then you'll know the character is openly Gay. Harley narrates that Renee is a Lesbian, I don't know what more Randolph needed to prove that Renee is Gay. Did she need to see Renee and her ex girlfriend spooning?

Anyone who argues that this film is a "Feminist propaganda" is illiterate or didn't get enough hugs from their parents as a child.

If this movie was truly a 'feminist movie' as the media, "bloggers" and middle aged men (who cried when 'Parasite' won best picture) believes, then there wouldn't be any men present in film!

And these ladies would not be getting thrown, punched, kicked, shot at, etc by men! These ladies and men all kicked butt and by the time the movie finished, they ladies were bloodied and bruised!

I'm a 29 year old man and I went into this film with a love for Harley Quinn (cartoon and comics) and left so happy that this film was made! Robbie's Harley didn't get much love in Suicide Squad besides an unnecessary butt shot when she smashed a window to steal a purse. Seriously, where the f#$k did that purse go during the movie? Was that scene necessary? No!

{Okay ranting is done!}

* The Costumes Aren't Sexy Enough!

It's funny when I see the arguments on Twitter from faceless profiles, yapping about the fact the costumes in the film "aren't sexy". I'm sorry, but if you go to watch a movie because the costumes are sexy, then I think the ushers at the theater should handcuff your hands to the armrests of the chair ASAP!

At the end of the day these costumes matched the style of the film!

(P.S I did enjoy a simple question from Black Canary when she asked "How the (bleep) did she have time for a shoe change?")

*Harley Quinn Is Woke!

This is something I read many times and now having watched the film, I can say the uneducated people who had spread this, never saw the film and is spreading misinformation.

The "wokeness" in question is the fact Harley voted for Bernie Sanders. This was not said by Harley herself. Instead, in this scene, she is being confronted by McGregor's Roman and she tries to understand why he wants her dead, on the screen (a running gag throughout the movie) the word "Grievance" appears and it quickly, shows the many reasons why he could want her dead. This included the fact she calls him 'Romy', 'she called him something queer', and many other reasons including the fact she voted for Bernie, this is shown so quickly and briefly that the fact people are using this as Harley being woke is stupidly funny.

That's the only time in this film anything in our real world politics is shown. There are no Democrats, no Republicans, no Independents, no Russian Operatives and no Ukraine phone call in this film!

Harley isn't woke at all, she's trying to find her footing without her Mistah J. Who let's not forget abused and demeaned her at every chance he got (unless you only know them from Suicide Squad, then don't forget he left her to die in the car before Batman swooped in). She threatened to kill Cassandra and even said "I don't care if you're a kid, I'll kill you." and if you've read any of the Suicide Squad comics, you'll know Harley has killed many teens and tweens.

* These Characters Are Not Like The Comic Books!

No crap Sherlock! If you're a fan of any of the CW DC Shows and you're mad this film doesn't portray the characters accurately, then I suggest you evaluate your brain, because the hypocrisy is alive and well.

Remember Hawkeye in The Avengers? Did you know he's deaf? Was he deaf in the movie? Nope!

Hey remember in Arrow, there's Laurel Lance who is the Black Canary and then Dinah Drake Lance who is Laurel's mother in the comics? Well in that show, Laurel and Dinah are two characters who are not related!

So yes, these characters aren't going to be like the comic accurate ones because this was their first showing and boy, did they show up right!

Huntress (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is a rebel! She has an anti social charisma and deadpan delivery at times, that would make Wednesday Addams and Daria very proud.

Black Mask does wear the mask! I know that's probably a spoiler to some people but it's common sense!

Sure Oracle is who created Birds of Prey, but did you know before she recruited Black Canary, Power Girl was the first member?

As much as we wanted Oracle, Warner Bros. had already restricted that character from being used, it's exactly why in the Fox show, Gotham, the Joker couldn't be called that and they couldn't dye his hair green.

Or like in Arrow, when the Suicide Squad was introduced, Harley's voice was heard (voiced by Tara Strong) but WB once again put their foot down and prevented Harley from being seen on the show.

Like it or not, business is business and the suits get the final say.

I'm just happy I was able to finally enjoy a live action Black Canary!

There are so many different versions of Harley Quinn that it would make your head spin! But each version is different and fits well into the universe the story is being told in.

So, would I recommend this movie to my friends, family, enemies, neighbors, exes and Twitter followers? HELL YES!

It's non stop action, funny, original, doesn't at all feel like a comic book movie--which is a FANTASTIC thing!

If people somehow made Resident Evil live action films successful, then they should definitely give this film a chance. You will not be sorry, trust me!

This film is basically the live action Lego Batman Movie! It's zany, whimsical, colorful and the soundtrack kicks butt!

And besides, where else would you find a Hyena named Bruce and learn how to make a delicious breakfast egg sandwhich?

Edwin Betancourt
Edwin Betancourt
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Edwin Betancourt

Edwin is a published Author, Poet and Playwright hailing from the Bronx, NY. When he isn’t taking care of his four younger brothers, he is working on original stories as well as his blogs speaking about Pop Culture but in a fun sweet way.

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