I definitely had to sleep on this one. I wanted to absolutely love it, but instead I found it just very average. So disappointing.
Director: Cathy Yan
Screenwriter: Christina Hodson
Starring: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Genre: Action, Adventure
Runtime: 109 Minutes
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
I fell for it. I was so excited for this release. I felt for sure this was going to be one of my best of the year. Instead I found everything about this film to just be average. Margot Robbie is of course fantastic, but besides that, I struggled to find much about this film to get all that excited about.
Following her break up from the Joker, Harley Quinn is ready to break out on her own. The problem is, not she doesn’t have the Jokers protection she is about to find out she has a lot of people who are out for her blood. To save her skin, she agrees to bring in a young pickpocket who has stolen a diamond from a Gotham Mob Boss. But when he betrays her, she ends up teaming up with a few of Gotham’s finest in order to keep the kid alive.
The ridiculous subtitle to this film isn’t the only thing around here that feels a bit too long. That was my main problem with this film I think, the action sequences were amazing for sure, but there were parts in between that seemed to go on, and on. It also took a really long time to get to the actual crux of the plot, so a lot of the beginning if the film just felt unnecessary. A lot of exposition that didn’t really need to be there. And with a bunch of characters like this film gives you, we should never be left wanting for more action, but there were definitely times were that was the case.
As mentioned above, Margot Robbie does a great job in expanding the character of Harley Quinn. As a great deal of this movie I believe was fan pandering, I am surprised how much work went in to giving Harley a developed character outside of the sexualised side character she was in ‘Suicide Squad.’ In that regard this movie did a great job. I do feel that it’s side characters were a little underused, they were all great in their own right, but they needed a little more back story and a little more screen time, to fully realise how great their characters are. Huntress in particular I feel was put on far too much of a back burner, and was almost used as comic relief, a role that the move didn’t really need. Ewan McGregor does a great job as the villain, just the right level of mania, I would have liked to see him interact with the other characters more as well.
The jumping around of the time line at the beginning was an imaginative way to tell the story, but not my favourite. It did get repetitive after a while and I was happy when it settled down to tell the full story. But when it did get going it was good. The fight sequences were amazingly shot and choreographed, the dialogue was great. There were about a hundred or so great easer eggs for movie lovers and costume and set wise, the film was a visual feast. So it definitely wasn’t all bad.
It wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t a total disaster, I just clearly wanted more form this film than it had to give. It won’t be my favourite comic book movie of the year, but it isn’t ‘Batman vs Superman’ that’s for sure.
Birds of prey is out in UK cinemas now.