Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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My girl Harley Quinn is back! And if you know me at all, then you are probably aware of the fact that I had been eagerly anticipating the release of this movie ever since Margot Robbie herself announced it. I mean, how could I not be excited? Harley was the best thing to come out of Suicide Squad. It was only fitting for her to get her chance in the spotlight.

The story actually picks up right after the events of Suicide Squad. Harley and Joker are loved up and still causing havoc in Gotham until one day he ends things with her. Devastated and blindsided, our heroine goes through the usual stages of a break up, seemingly making more enemies along the way in her destruction.

Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) is prime enemy number one. His speciality? Literally cutting his victims’ faces off. Ew. But a chance encounter forces him to begrudgingly ask Harley for help in recovering the Bertinelli diamond that notorious pick pocket Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) swiped without knowing how important it really was. If Harley is successful in retrieving the diamond, her debts will be paid off. If not, well, let’s just say that beautiful face would never look the same again.

What follows is a hilarious, fast paced caper with twist after twist. Nobody wants to make it easy for Harley, but with a little help from some new gal pals Dinah Lance/Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Helena Bertinelli/Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and cop Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), they could just pull this off!

Birds of Prey is exactly what you would expect from a film that is all about Harley Quinn. It’s loud, it’s girly, it’s completely over the top and there’s glitter. Lots and lots of glitter. Not to mention the fact that the soundtrack is phenomenal with plenty of girl power anthems. Having Cathy Yen as director was an amazing choice because she was really able to pull this off.

Grab your girlfriends and spread the word. We’ve got a new queen in Gotham to stan!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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