It’s been nearly 4 years since we last saw Harley Quinn on the big screen in Suicide Squad and now, just 6 months away from her on screen anniversary, we see her back in Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. Even though Margot Robbie plays The Joker’s love interested perfectly, did we really require another appearance? I was reluctant but open to giving her another chance. Sadly that reluctancy was justified…
McGregor is one of may favourite actors, with his performance in Birds of Prey only cementing that. McGregor did a great job at bringing a very shallow character to life. If a weaker actor had been playing this role, the film would really have struggled but luckily they managed to rope McGregor into playing Roman. The film does a good job at telling us that Sionis is a very powerful crime lord within Gotham City but that is it. He carries the icon nickname of The Black Mask due to the fact that he wears a black mask, however, we only see this happen, maybe twice? With no real explanation on why he wears it making the whole concept a bit weird.
Overall the story was something different to what we are used to seeing but the execution needed some work. Apart from some impressive scenes, such as an awesome one in a police storage unit, where Harley shows us why bats and hammers are her favourite weapon, the film was extremely hard to absorb due to it’s dull nature. With this being said, there was one element to the film, which if I am honest, had me feeling pretty irate and that was the execution of the male characters. I know that this is a film about women coming together for a common cause and I am really behind us emphasising more powerful women, but not at the cost of male characters. Not one man in this film was remotely decent and it was quite frustrating after a while. I don’t feel that men should be put down to raise women up. Birds of Prey was a great opportunity to drive the woman empowerment message, I just felt it was done in the wrong way.
If you are a fan of Harley Quinn outside of cinema this film is for you, as like I’ve mentioned a few times, Margot Robbie does a great job at bringing the character to life but if you aren’t too bothered about Quinn, like myself, then the film doesn’t leave you much to enjoy. I am sad to give this a more negative review as I’d love to see more films of this nature. I hope Margot can keep the character alive within the DCEU one way or another, just maybe not leading the pack.