Uh oh! I’ve started to like DC movies more than Marvel movies! I’ve always liked the DC comics better, but they’ve gotten their ass whooped when it comes to movies over the last decade. But now we’ve had a streak of four great DC movies in a row, none of which are like any of the others. There’s Aquaman (a delightfully cheesy and over-the-top adventure), Shazam (an endlessly charming family comedy that has some glorious dark bits), Joker, (the gritty, Scorsese inspired MASTAPEECE that was nominated for eleven Oscars and took two of them home), and now Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). So what does Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) bring to the table? So much. So. Much.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a ridiculously fun adventure with an unconventional structure that is doused with style, blood, and profanity. The pace is relentless, and it jumps from set piece to set piece with ease. And those set pieces are SO tasty! Chad Stahelski (director of the John Wick franchise) was brought in to punch up the action, and it shows! Every action scene is creative, colorful, and glorious in a way that only our boy Chad can do. And when the film isn’t busy kicking ass, it uses clever writing and really sophisticated visual comedy to give you a good number of chuckles and chortles. There are a good number of jokes that don’t work, but for every bad joke, there’s five good ones.
But the movie isn’t perfect. This film had a whole lot of re-shoots, and you can definitely feel them in the third-act. It’s a little messy and choppy, but it didn’t effect my enjoyment too much. But do you know what IS perfect? Ewan McGregor’s performance as the villainous Black Mask. Every moment that this good boy is on screen is glorious. He manages to be one of the funniest characters in recent memory as well as an intimidating and formidable foe. He steals the movie, and he is an early front-runner for Best Supporting Actor in next year’s MovieMort Academy Awards. Margot Robbie is also fantastic, and at this point, she is as synonymous with her character to me as RDJ’s Iron Man. She IS Harley Quinn.
I give Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) my rating of:
“WHOO! Who’s Having A Good Time?”