Continuing from where we left Harley Quinn after “Suicide Squad” (2016), things have now changed for poor Harley. The Joker has broken her heart, and as you can imagine, Harley is not happy about it. Now living a life without the protection of Mr J (aka The Joker), Harley is wanted by many within Gotham City. Soon Harley finds herself in a situation that requires her to track down a Diamond as her life depends on it. But luckily for Harley, she will discover that she is not alone when it comes to battling new enemies.
I wasn’t a fan of Suicide Squad (2016). My review on that film received a whopping 5.5/10. Thankfully I found Birds of Prey to be a significant improvement as a sequel.
Birds of Prey is a fun and brainless action film. While the plot is basic, it feels fitting for this instalment. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is once again perfect in every way. Her facials and dialogue delivery with this character ticks every box. She is extremely convincing in this role, and I’m reminded that she was born to play this character.
Margot Robbie isn’t the only central character from the DC Universe in this sequel. For the film’s villain, we have actor Ewan McGregor suiting up as Black Mask. McGregor gave a pleasant performance, but as a pivotal character, I was slightly disappointed to see there was no back story or explanation as to why the character exists or does the things he does. The use of colours throughout is also creative and goes along perfectly with stunning and entertaining action sequences. The film’s audio and visuals were beautiful and a great compliment.
Any issues with Birds of Prey are minor ones. With Harley Quinn as a leading character, some other characters (such as Black Mask) don’t get enough screen time or back story. The way the film tells its story may annoy some movie lovers. The film’s plot always goes backwards and forwards, designed to give the audiences twist and mysteries. Even if some scenes don’t make sense at the time, they will later in the film.
Overall, Birds of Prey is a significant improvement when compared to Suicide Squad (2016). Sure, the plot is basic, but it’s also just brainless entertainment, and I had a blast watching it. Actress Margot Robbie is simply amazing as this character and naturally steals the show once again. Some key characters sadly (such as the villain) aren’t given enough screen time or fleshed out with any type of solid back story. The film’s style in storytelling will annoy some, but again, I found it welcoming and fun.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden