Girl power rules in “Birds of Prey”


Maddie Bini

I have always been a huge DC Universe fan, so when I saw the trailer for “Birds of Prey
and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn”, I knew I had to see it when it
came out on February 7th; and when I saw it was available to stream on Amazon Prime
a few weeks ago, being stuck at home started to seem like not that bad of a problem.
Watching the film for the second time, I am again blown away by how different this
movie is from other DC films like “Batman Vs. Superman” and “Justice League”.
Compared to most films that tend to contain characters from the iconic Batman’s
storyline, “Birds of Prey” is a refreshing twist from the dark and gloomy style associated
with the classic caped crusader movies. On top of the vibrant and colorful aesthetic, the
film prides itself on it’s high energy soundtrack. With popular artists like Doja Cat,
Halsey and Sofi Tukker, the soundtrack has acquired massive amounts of praise, with
many commenting on the music’s ability to aid in the storytelling of the film, rather than
just fill the scene with background music. It is the stark contrast between the
atmospheric and faded color scheme surrounding the other DC films, and the rich colors
and upbeat music of “Birds of Prey” that truly sets it apart from the other films in it’s
cinematic universe.
Directed by Cathy Yan, “Birds of Prey” is the ultimate girl power movie. In the film,
Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie) uses her breakup with her infamous and
psychotic boyfriend The Joker to cement her independence as a woman and local
troublemaker. However, the break off from The Joker, and the protection he provided
her, puts Harley in the direct fire of old enemies with a grudge, and new enemies hoping
to gain her influence.
In the movie however, the main conflict focuses on Harley’s past
with the totally psychotic club owner Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, and her
entanglement with his plan to retrieve a highly valued diamond from a powerful Gotham
family. This scheme eventually leads Harley to new enemies, and a few new friends as
well, including police officer Renee Montoya (played by Rosie Perez), who’s spunky
attitude and low tolerance for nonsense creates an extremely entertaining dynamic
between her and Harley Quinn. Each character in the film is incredibly diverse in
personality, making each interaction enjoyable and very realistic to the audience.
Overall, “Birds of Prey” was an incredibly fun to watch, being one of those films that
allows you to love and laugh with a classic villain, without having them portrayed as a
suddenly good person. Every character in the movie has a specific role to play, and you
end up loving each and every one of them for the spunky personality, funny comebacks,
and sheer craziness that manages to balance very well, due to crazy being a running
theme in the entire movie.
I will note that I missed what could have been a really
interesting Batman cameo, and I find “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation
of a One Harley Quinn” to be a tad wordy, but I digress. Overall, the movie is the perfect
thing to watch when you need a little moment of hype in the growing melancholy that is
surrounding all of us in this time of quarantine, and is definitely something I would
recommend for those who are around this time starting missing the chaos that could
ensue when getting together with a group of friends.