‘Birds Of Prey’ Is The Harley Quinn Women’s Empowerment Show

SCORE: 67/100 It was only a matter of time before a band of women took revenge on bullet-based violent stories after men dominated the genre for decades. And the one in charge of taking the step could not be other than Harley Quinn. That endearing lunatic and unique character that came out of Suicide Squad (2016) returns in Birds of Prey (and the fantastic emancipation of Harley Quinn), with a new look, single and seeking absolute emancipation in Gothic City, in the criminal world and in The history of the cinema. Gets it? Then read on. © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.MoreMargot Robbie gets back into the skin of the character who put her on the map of Hollywood, the one who was born to interpret and being obviously aware of the hype that surrounds her. So much that she herself serves as a producer of the project through her company, LuckyChap Entertainment, taking over to the point that she spent more than three years supporting the development of a script that convinced Warner Bros. executives. And the result reaches theaters on February 7 ready to raze even more than its predecessor, but no confusion. Birds of prey do not intend to follow the wake of the Suicide Squad even though they inhabit the same universe. Not only did I perceive it when I saw it, but it was also confirmed by its director, Cathy Yan, in London when she told me: “I wanted to treat the film as much as I could as an independent delivery. Of course Margot is like Harley Quinn again, but for the most part we wanted to create a separate world with separate rules. ” And you can see it. The only link between the two is that they live in Gothic City and have Harley Quinn as a common denominator, but they are two very different films. The adaptation of David Yesterday is still beaten by fans – so much so that the director continues to defend himself on Twitter three years later (almost daily) in the face of the constant criticism he lives with the most faithful followers – and perhaps that’s why Birds of prey move away in a radical way (and that which yesterday is executive producer). Exploiting the figure of Harley Quinn is a guaranteed business. The public loves her despite her madness and this time, her independence lies in seeking criminal emancipation after the break with the Joker (that of Jared Leto). The story starts with the young lunatic fleeing all kinds of threats as the city discovers that it no longer has the protection of the clown from crime. Remember that he was complicit in many of the violent acts perpetrated by him and there are many who will now seek revenge. One of them is Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor), one of the most dangerous criminals in the city capable of tormenting and killing at will, who recruits Harley in exchange for forgiving his life if he finds a diamond stolen by a teenager and that serves as a key to access a fortune. And so, little by little, the rest of the characters from the Birds of prey comics are coming into action. And this DC bullet strip is composed of several female members who are entering and leaving the group, although Harley never ends up being an official member. But here, and taking advantage of the pull, is responsible for the cyclone. The one that serves as a union introducing Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) and Cassandra (Ella Jay Basco). Each one has her own thirst for revenge, and moved by the need for survival they unite against Roman Sionis forming a lethal band of women, with violence, swear words and colorful and psychedelic fighting sequences. The result is a delivery that drinks from other films and lacks the originality that made Harley Quinn become a phenomenon. Directly or indirectly, Birds of prey play with colors like Baz Luhrmann does by repeating camera games and moments of madness that remind Moulin Rouge! or Romeo and Juliet, while using the idea of ​​revenge to pay tribute to The Bride of Kill Bill and exploit Harley’s stunts to exhaustion, thereby giving a film that dares to be different with a message of feminine empowerment of a way never made in the genre, but that sacrifices the depth of the story. It is still a pleasant joy to see that female stories find their place on the billboard, and that there are even directors like Cathy Yan who dare to take them as far as possible with violent scenes and hooligans. But let’s not forget that this is not new. It will be the first film with a band of women in the comic genre qualified for over 18 years – as was Deadpool – but women making hooligans we already saw it in comedies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding (Paul Feig, 2011) .Read more © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. More Birds of Prey tries to innovate and partly succeeds. But it is a superficial achievement. This is a movie forged in the #MeToo era, although its message of female empowerment lies in the lethal union of the characters despite being very different, each with its own revenge against men who kept them chained in their lives, becoming a proclamation of colorful independence but of slight dramatic depth. While another of his problems, and perhaps the one that most influences in making the film go beyond exaggeration, is the recreation of a cartoonish villain. Either by the performance of Ewan McGregor (he has made better ones) or by the design of the character and his henchman (Chris Messina), both go from the cartoon easily falling into the absurd, imitating the typical characteristics of the villains of the cinema of 80s and 90s DC, forcing an image of mockery of the bad guy. This only gets us to never be interested in them (rather we want them to disappear), giving more weight to the women of the plot. A tactic that, if it is, has worked for them but not effectively. However, Cathy Yan does know how to make the most of Harley Quinn’s colors, using Margot Robbie’s face and the character’s best-known characteristics to give us explosive scenes with an actress in her sauce, while betting to get away from the abuse of the CGI – so habitual (and criticized) in the films of DC – to delegate to the director of John Wick, Chad Stahelski, some of the most acrobatic and effective struggles of the genre. And in this the film brings out its best weapons. Each of the girls has its charm, although it is a shame that they have relegated the union to the last arc instead of exploiting the chemistry much earlier, however if we bet on a spin- off, Black Canary is the one with the most ballots to get it. The character played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell draws attention from the beginning thanks to her voice and being the only one with a kind of superpower in the group. He is a character that takes center stage every time he appears on the screen thanks to the presence of his actress -even at times in front of Margot Robbie- causing curiosity to discover his story.In summary, Birds of prey drastically move away from Suicide Squad, creating their own rules, characters and style. Harley Quinn becomes crazier and more endearing, but also more humane, forming a camaraderie with other women who could easily convince the public in search of a bet of pure escapism. However, the film maintains the same rhythm of the rest of DC’s attempts, with well-marked script arcs that do not give rise to surprise, explosive scenes and a dramatic plot that is explained in a paragraph, without taking note of the risk taken by Joker. But Harley Quinn manages to make us fall in love again, although his madness is more exaggerated. A film to entertain us, with an electrifying soundtrack, which celebrates that women can also play in the genre. Now, if we remember her as much as Suicide Squad – even if it was for her criticisms – I doubt it.More stories that may interest you: