Review: “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”

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Margot Robbie embodies the psychotic mind of Harley Quinn in "Birds of Prey."

Liam Hawley, Staff Writer

“Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” is an action packed, adrenaline rushing film, that depicts the life of Harley Quinn after a harsh breakup with Joker. It opened in theaters on Feb. 7 and is the eighth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Oscar nominated actress Margot Robbie reprises her role in the film as Harley Quinn. The film is based on the comic book series “Birds of Prey” by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Chuck Dixon and features most of the same characters in the movie.

The film starts off with Harley Quinn getting kicked out of Joker’s warehouse and is forced to live out on her own. It is set in fictional Gotham City after “Suicide Squad” which came out in 2016. Without Joker having her back anymore, she is targeted by people she has wronged in the past. Whilst being unprotected, vulnerable, and a fugitive, she experiences the reign of terror by egotistical mob boss Black Mask and his right-hand man Victor Zsasz. As the movie progresses Harley makes new allies along the way such as Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain.

Like many other DCEU films “Birds of Prey” received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics scored the film a 79 percent, with currently 342 reviewers and the audience scored it 79 percent as well, with 11,658 reviewers. Rotten tomatoes stated, “With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, “Birds of Prey” captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.” Another source, IMDB, rated it a 6.6/10 which is better than “Suicide Squad” which was a 6/10. IMDB estimates the budget of the film was around $84.5 million, the opening weekend in the US of around $33 million and a cumulative worldwide gross of around $145.5 million.

“Birds of Prey” is a great adaptation of the comic book to the big screen and fits the DC Extended Universe very well. It also has fans wondering how this film will connect to “The Suicide Squad” which is the sequel to “Suicide Squad” because of the many characters they share such as Harley Quinn. The film is a must see for any fan of DC Comics and movies and will prepare the audience for “The Suicide Squad” which is set to release Aug. 6, 2021.