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Birds Of Prey Review

When Harley Quinn's big breakup with the Joker makes her a target in the city, she unexpectedly becomes allies with three deadly women.

This movie goes from terrible to great. After 2016's major bomb Suicide Squad, it was obvious that Harley Quinn was the only character worth watching. She needed her own movie, and now that it's here, I am not sure we hit the mark.

Don't get me wrong, the cinematography is fantastic, the music is exhilarating, and the performances are quite entertaining; but the story is horrid. Whoever idea it was to bounce back and forth through time needs to be fired. The film is structured through voice overs of Harley Quinn, meaning that we are basically in her head the whole time. Being in a psycho head is not the most appealing way to enjoy a story. She literally changes her mind by the second. As a result, the film introduces a new character, explains their story, then next thing you know, we are on this character for nearly fifteen minutes before jumping back to the present; then we do it all over again. I found this extremely annoying. I am sure this was first conceived as a great idea, but the execution was lukewarm.

Another issue is the film is plot driven, not character driven. The whole film is based around a little girl who stole a diamond and all characters (and I mean all) are trying to get it back from her. Then (yes, you guessed it) those characters must come together because someone evil is looking for the same thing. Yawn, we've seen this story several times. They could have been more creative on that end.

Now here's the good. If you came for the action, then you are in for a treat. The film is full of fight scenes coupled with bold color. A huge standout is Jurnee Smollet portrayal of Black Canary. She's a high kicking, voice streaking badass that gives us some of the best scenes in the whole film. Mary Winstead's Huntress is also pretty cool, but Margot Robbie is the true star as Harley Quinn. At this point, no one can touch this role but her. She's hilarious, psychotic, and utterly whimsical. This is all about her.

For some reason, when it comes to film, DC does not amount to Marvel's entertainment. Hopefully in the near future we will finally receive something as high-class as The Dark Knight. However, I still take Shazam over this.

The last half is the best part. Amazing fight scene.


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