Ok so let me get this out there first, when I first saw the trailers for Birds of Prey I wasn’t convinced, not because I don’t enjoy the characters far from it, Black Canary is one of my favourite DC characters so a film with her in would surely be at the top of my list! However the focus appeared to be all Harley Quinn, especially once the full title was released and the more posters and trailers were released I found myself longing for more focus on the other characters and less and less hyped for the movie as a whole. Obviously I understand that this was a marketing decision and using a popular character like Harley that everyone knows to be the forefront makes complete sense, she draws a lot of eyes to the film but this meant the marketing was missing the mark for me. However like I said I do enjoy these characters so i figured I would give it a watch and make my own decision, so here are my thoughts…..
I absolutely loved this film!!! Does Harley take a central role? yes, the film is taken from her point of view but does this mean that the other characters get pushed to the background? Not in the slightest!! Everyone is given their time to shine and this feels very much the ensemble film I was hoping for from the beginning and what an ensemble!
Obviously Margot Robbie crushes it as Harley, you can see she’s given more free reign to really explore the character and you really get drawn in by her much more than in Suicide Squad, she is funny, hardcore and absolutely insane and with Bruce the Hyena it all just works so well! Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress is great and brings more to the humanity and comedy to the character than you see in the trailers and her story arc is your classic revenge plot with a twist. I’ve loved Rosie Perez since ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ and she doesn’t disappoint at Renee Montoya she just embodies the 80s Gotham Cop and I love it! Ella Jay Basco is awesome as Cassandra Cain a pick pocket mixed up in all this absolute comic insanity just taking it in her stride, brilliant.
But I do need to take a moment to talk about my two favourite characters and performances, first up Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, he was just brilliant, I didnt know what to expect from this version and it wasnt anything like we’ve seen before and because of that I just loved it, he’s equal parts charming and insane…..he’s charmsane! I mentioned before how Black Canary is one of my favourite characters and Jurnee Smollett-Bell is incredible! She is an absolute badass of the highest order, a great version of the character with a great story and that Canary Cry is epic! Oh yeah and that’s actually her singing, amazing! I want more of her Canary and I’m totally down for her origin story or just more of this group as a whole there’s so much you can do with them.
I’m a huge comic fan and while these aren’t the comic versions, they take beats from the comics obviously, but these are new versions of the characters and I just really enjoy that, it makes me want to know more about them, like they’re new but familiar and it just really drew me into the film which can only be a good thing, if you were on the fence like me with this film, don’t be just go strap yourself in let the insanity wash over you in multicoloured wave of madness.
This film is equal parts insanity, comedy and badassery! Its like John Wick in a funhouse mirror, I loved it more of this please and thank you DC!