After Joaquin Phoenix’s excellent but sombre and dour portrayal of The
Joker in last year’s movie of the same name, “Birds Of Prey: And The
Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn” (to give it its full title) is a much
more light-hearted affair.
Set immediately after the events of 2016’s “Suicide Squad” Harley Quinn (an
excellent Margot Robbie) has just been dumped by her boyfriend, the
aforementioned Joker (played by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad). Not now
having the protection on The Joker it’s open season in Gotham City for any
lowlife who has been wronged by Harley in the past and now wants to extract
their revenge on her – and the list I can assure you is long.
The story is about as manic as Harley Quinn herself and involves Harley
trying to retrieve, for underworld boss Roman Sionis aka The Black Mask
(Ewan McGregor), a diamond that has a code for a bank account embedded in
Along the way she teams up with the birds of prey of the title: Renee
Montoya, a hard working cop (Rosie Perez), a singer called Black Canary
(Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and a vengeful killer with a crossbow called The
Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).
As befits a movie where the heroes are all females the girls get to kick
plenty of male butt as they search for the allusive diamond.
“Birds Of Prey”, as it moves from one action set piece to another, is a lot
of fun but it’s wafer thin storyline and characters that lack much depth
(with the exception of Harley Quinn herself) make it all feel all a bit
“Birds Of Prey” is an enjoyable and colourful fast paced movie that
includes a wonderful performance from Margot Robbie just don’t expect it to
linger long in your memory the way her ex-boyfriend’s movie did.