Review: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Birds of Prey: Oh it's a not so fantabulous solo flick of Harley QuinnBirds of Prey ... or is it 'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' now? The Harley Quinn movie? Yeah that works.
Directed by Cathy Yan and starring Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor, it's ... not good. Now this is just an opinion. Not a fact. Some people liked this movie, some people didn't and most weren't bothered to watch it (evidently so).
Cathy Yan did her best in directing the movie, it's not exactly a flaw there's nothing wrong with it. I suppose the good parts are Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor's performances. I will say, Black Mask/Roman Sionis was actually very well done. Possibly the best part of the movie (in my opinion).
Other than that, there isn't much to say about positive aspects of the film. The writing was rather thin and dull. Most of the dialogue (other than some from Sionis) was disappointingly poor. A handful of the jokes landed, but the rest were honestly just throwaways. The plot was simple (not bad) but it was just dragged on and on throughout the movie and you eventually just want to get to the point.
The first act was also rather slow and somewhat pointless. There wasn't much that contributed to the actual plot of the movie. Yes, they introduced all of the main characters in that bit of the movie. But even that was rather rushed. There are also some flashback sequences in the first act in attempt to weave all the character's narratives together but it was just messy and honestly disappointing. Throughout the entire first act, I felt that the movie was still trying to figure out exactly what kind of movie it really wanted to be before starting the second act. And that says a few things about the writing.
Another aspect that disappointed was the action sequences. They were just not immersive or exciting (except for the 'big one' in the third act, some of that was alright). Most of them were somehow quite repetitive, if not boring. And having a slow-motion shot every now and then doesn't cut it.
Finally, the rest of the characters. Oh, what a waste. Other than Harley and Roman, none of them have any sense of connection whatsoever. They're basically just there because the writing says so. They were just shallow and forgettable. The movie did attempt to add some substance to them with backstories and flashbacks, but there's no point in showing who they are if you don't get to know them at all.
But then again, some people did enjoy this movie. Maybe others are taking it too seriously. Who's to say?