By Seth Cano | Editor in Chief
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is the most recent film in the DC Extended Universe and probably the last one for a while because of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Birds of Prey released in theaters on Feb. 7th and was met with mixed reviews from critics. Despite its critically mixed reception, the film was one I enjoyed thoroughly. Birds of Prey showcases Harley Quinn and Margot Robbie at their finest. Margot Robbie is the poster girl for Harley Quinn films and her performance in the latest film further proves that.
The movie follows Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) after she is left lonesome from her breakup with the Joker and is on the run. Harley Quinn quickly realizes she has a target on her back because she has lost the protection of the Joker. Therefore, she decides to confide in a local taiwaneese elderly restaurant owner for shelter. Roman Sionis/The Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) is the primary person targeting Harley Quinn. Meanwhile, The Black Mask is targeting Harley, he sends his partner Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina) to steal the ‘Bertinelli Diamond’ which is worth a lot of money. Victor Zsaz ends up successfully stealing the diamond but eventually loses it to Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), a young pickpocket. After taking Harley hostage, The Black Mask vents about the loss of the diamond, but Quinn overhears him venting and offers her diamond scout skills in exchange for her release. And from there, Harley Quinn and Cassandra Cain form a unique friendship. Surprisingly, the plot was better than I expected for a solo film dedicated to Harley Quinn. Everything flowed together seamlessly, too. The plot wasn’t the only good thing about the film, though, because Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn was exceptional (and even better than her performance as Harley in 2016’s Suicide Squad). One of the reasons Robbie’s acting in Birds of Prey is so much better is because of the personality she brought to her character. The amount of personality brought to the cast of characters in Birds of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is incredible. The personality becomes really apparent because each of the characters comes from a unique background, and that is shown in the movie.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Birds of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and hopefully, it’ll receive a sequel. The added touch of personality and actors such as Margot Robbie and Ella Jay Basco really made this film special. It’s hard to compete with the previously released ‘Joker’ film from Oct. 2019, but DC made sure Birds of Prey was just as equally special as a movie, even if it’s in a different way. In fact, I actually enjoyed Birds of Prey more.