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

On Valentine’s day my friends and I all decided to go watch Birds of Prey together as we had previously been blown away by Joker.  The four of us are painfully single which we are all okay with and it was super lovely to just watch a film and not have to worry about impressing someone because you’re just with people you can be yourself with.  We all had a lot of fun and I realised how happy I am to be in a friendship group who just likes me for me – something I was always so desperately looking for which was just magically given to me.

This was mine and my two friends first time watching the film but my GBF’s (girl best friend) – who we shall call Blondie – had watched it once before.  She’s also a massive Harley Quinn fan so to say I feel slightly underqualified to write this review is an understatement.  But, as I always do, I will give it my best shot and we’ll see what happens!

From the get-go, this such an empowering feminist film.  It gives proof that you don’t need a man to protect you, fight your battles or to give you meaning in life.  I feel like every girl can relate to at least one of these characters: whether that be the bad-ass Harley Quinn who even though made some very bad choices in the past, is slowly learning from her mistakes and trying to become a better person and be more strong minded and free and not let a man control her life.  Or maybe you relate more to the Huntress, an equally bad-ass vigilante who wishes to protect and avenge.  What about the Black Canary who is quick, slick and won’t take anyone’s s*** (I’m sorry, it rhymed, and I got excited.)?  Perhaps you understand Renee Montoya – the killer cop who’s constantly in the shadow of men – on a spiritual level?  Maybe you just love Cassandra Cain, a troubled young pickpocket who is accidentally thrown into the lives of all three women when she swallows a valuable diamond.  Whoever you relate to, there’s no denying each of these characters develop themselves immensely throughout the film.

The action sequences follow the footsteps of Jackie Chan and John Wick, but with an added essence of Margot Robbie which is simply unbeatable.  You’ll be holding your breath every montage you watch which includes Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.  The costumes are amazing, and I must admit I long to wear some of the things that only Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell could pull off.

However, I must say the plot can be slightly confusing at times and despite all the loose ends being tied up, it did feel as though it dragged on at points.

All in all, this is an amazing movie, as long as you’re either a DC fan or a fan of action movies.  But, it can still be enjoyed if you love fearless females, it just helps to at least appreciate the genres of action and fantasy/dystopian films.

One thought on “My Thoughts on Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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