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Birds of Prey Film Review (2019) – Harley Post Joker

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(This is Birds of Prey film review, which is a spin-off to the 2016 Suicide Squad movie)

So DC has fcked up a bit with Suicide Squad, which earned back quite a sum but overall was kind of a disappointment for the fans and movie-goers alike. And now we have a spin-off featuring Harley Quinn with new characters in Birds of Prey.

It is directed by Cathy Yan and features Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, and Ewan McGregor. Without further ado, let’s delve into the Birds of Prey film review below!

 

Premise

When Harley Quinn has just broken up with Joker, she starts to delve yet again into the world of crime. Yet, her enemies have increased now that the immunity from Joker has disappeared. Along the way, she meets new enemies and allies alike, and her adventures post-Joker begins with a bang. But could she survive the bang itself?

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Post-breakup Harley

 

Birds of Prey Film Review

Premise

The story itself is quite nonsensical, and basically it’s there just for the characters to exist. I must say the expectation for a good story is almost non-existent when I see the trailer itself. However, don’t get me wrong, the focus of the film has always been on the characters and not on the story itself.

In fact, by looking at it from a different perspective, the film’s premise is becoming the platform to deliver the fun and wacky world of Gotham that is not seen in other films like Batman and the most recent Joker. It gives us a different visual feast of the same crime-ridden city that just fits the characters themselves. But the premise department does take quite a hit for being quite shallow and less explored.

the film’s premise is becoming the platform to deliver the fun and wacky world of Gotham that is not seen in other films like Batman and the most recent Joker

And weirdly, the film puts 90% of the focus on Harley instead of the Birds of Prey, so it’s kind of a misleading title.

 

Pacing/CGI/Action

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New characters!

 

The pacing is quite…monotonous I say. So in a way, while the scenes are a mixture of action, quietness, bright coloured Harley scenes, the overall pacing is quite bad. It kinds of bore me in the middle part when things happen using the multiple flashback method. It’s not the most original way of telling a story, but it does impact the pacing  badly.

CGI is quite fake as well for certain scenes, but I think it fits the film itself, which focuses on the mad nature of Harley Quinn and that a realistic CGI is less of an issue for such film. So don’t expect some grand CGI the likes of Marvel’s films.

The actions are pretty great though, and we get to see Margot Robbie doing many acrobatic moves that look pretty badass.

Margot Robbie doing many acrobatic moves that look pretty badass

 

Characters

Now we come to the key part of the film, and here, the film does somewhat do it quite well compared to the other departments. Let’s talk about Harley Quinn itself, which despite the title, is actually not part of the Birds of Prey. But her contribution to the movie is immense. In fact, without her, this film would have been nothing. I like how Margot Robbie plays her role damn well, it’s as if she is made for the role of Harley herself.

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Discussing among the Birds of Prey!

 

And her weirdness and obsession with crazy bright coloured scenes help to make the film more interesting, as well as creating the necessary visual feast. We get to see how Harley transformed from being Joker’s lover to an independent but still problematic woman who does anything for money. But safe to say, if you love the Suicide Squad’s Harley, then you will love this movie for just her appearance alone.

But safe to say, if you love the Suicide Squad’s Harley, then you will love this movie for just her appearance alone

The other members of Birds of Prey are less explored and thus they seem to pop out of random, despite some of their backgrounds being shown to supposedly make us feel for them. But nah, they are essentially the supporting characters for Harley. And thus they are less memorable themselves. I do hope that they get more limelight in the next sequel or something.

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BLACK MASK!

 

Finally, the antagonist is weak. Though he seems strong and also filled with some weird fetishes, overall he is a shallow antagonist. I don’t know man but the fight between him and Harley near the end is so bad that it feels like there is no impact at all. So do not expect things like great antagonist the likes of Joker, in fact, don’t expect anything at all.

the fight between him and Harley near the end is so bad that it feels like there is no impact at all

Soundtrack

Soundtracks are filled with covers of famous songs that highlight the craziness of Harley and this department excels in its music selections. I must say the soundtracks help to alleviate some of the boredom, as well as giving a greater impact to the important scenes.

 

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Birds of Prey Film Review (2019) – Harley Post Joker
Story
Pacing/CGI/Action
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Margot Robbie's excellent performance as Harley
Awesome soundtracks that help to give greater impact to important scenes
Great action sequences
What's bad
Premise is boring and almost boring
Birds of Prey themselves are at best, supporting characters and not given enough limelight
Very weak and shallow villain
Monotonous Pacing
3.6
Pretty Good!
This is a Harley's Film and thats it!
For those that come to watch Harley, then you won't be disappointed and will in fact enjoy the film quite a lot. But if you are here to watch a proper Birds of Prey or a superhero film, then this film will bring you disappointment indeed!
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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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