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Birds of a Feather: A review of ‘Birds of Prey’ and the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie in a scene from “Birds of Prey” [Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.]

By Jamie Miller

Well, Harley Quinn’s on her own! After a bad breakup from the Joker, Harley’s got her own movie. And she’s bringing the Birds of Prey along for the ride. “Birds of Prey” and the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn hit theatres Friday, Feb. 7 with a bang, or since this is a comic movie we are talking about, with a Pow! 

The movie stars the returning Margot Robbie in the role of the lovable lunatic Harley Quinn who’s broken up with Joker and looking to make a name for herself. The movie also stars new faces such as Jurnee Smollett-Bell of Friday Night Lights fame in the role of Black Canary, a lounge singer with a super sonic “cry.” Mary Elizabeth Winstead portrays the “badass” Huntress, daughter of a mob boss who was murdered along with Huntress’ whole family leaving her alone and angry, with one goal. The death of the mobsters in Gotham thus aligning herself with Quinn and the others. And then there’s Renee Montoya, played by Rosie Perez, known for roles in movies such as “Do the Right Thing,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” and “Pineapple Express.” Montoya is an honest cop in a city rife with crime and corruption who at first is seeking to bring Quinn down but is forced to align with her to save the life of a child sought by the film’s villain. Also along for the ride is Ella Jay Basco in the role of Casandra Cain, a young streetwise child and pickpocket who picks the wrong pocket and becomes the target of the villain of the movie Roman Sionis/ Black Mask a brutal mob boss. With a penchant for cutting people’s faces off, a taste for the flamboyant and who rules his criminal empire with a bloodstained iron fist. In the role of Black Mask is Ewan Mcgregor, widely known for playing the role of Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars I, II, and III.

The movie itself was pretty good. The action was awesome and the jokes funny. It was highly entertaining and Margot Robbie’s acting as usual is a standout. Ewan Mcgregor also plays a good villain. Also if you are a fan of the Deadpool movies then chances are you’ll like this movie as it is chock full of adult jokes and language not even to mention the violence. Like “Deadpool,” this movie is rated R and it earns that rating.  Although Black Mask’s origin and motivation could have been explained better. All in all, it was a good movie.That being said I’d give this movie a 7 out of 10. It’s a very entertaining movie. But a word of warning, if you are a parent who wants to see it, you might want to get a babysitter for the kids.