Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020) Movie Review

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30 thoughts on “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020) Movie Review

  1. Oh man, I feel like DCU has died a long time ago and what we see now is just rigor mortis setting in… It’s like the Frankenstein’s monster, revived time and again just to garner some additional money from the voyeurs addicted to the flashy and mindless and willing to pay time and again for their next fix 😛
    I had some hopes for this movie, but after reading your review I have none left 😉

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    1. Well, with the US box office results for this one being a fail, I think DC should understand by now that this kind of movie might be counter-productive for their business. It’s a bit odd that they’re keeping the DCEU alive despite having no plans for Batman (besides the non-DCEU Robert Pattinson Batman) and Superman…

      Hahahah I would still love to hear your thoughts—or rant—on this one! 😜

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicki! You don’t even need to see Suicide Squad to enjoy this one too. Hope you have a fun time with it in due time! 😂 And yes, I discovered that after she exploded in fame with Wolf of Wall Street. She does an interesting faux-Brooklyn accent as Harley Quinn too. Some people however can’t tolerate it hahah 😂

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  2. Great review, but I doubt I’ll watch this one. I’m not all that familiar with the character or story, and I never got that deep into any of the Batman/Joker stories, either in comic form or movies. I’ve heard good things about many, and have watched a few, just haven’t been drawn to them.

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    1. Thanks, Todd! I appreciate the honest thoughts. I feel like many do feel somewhat the same as you regarding superheroes in general. I have a fondness for them, since there presence in my life as a kid and discovering comic books have allowed me to appreciate them even more over the years hahah Hope you’ll still be able to check out some films that can be appreciated without any real knowledge about the characters (like Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker).

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      1. Yeah, I’ve heard great things about Joker, so that is one I may try. Who knows, I may even try this one some day. I have enjoyed many of the comic book movies, but looking back I think I read far more Marvel than DC as a kid, so I find myself more drawn to those movies. I am feeling a bit of overload though. I think Marvel is now doing with the movies what I hated them doing with comics, just pumping them out as fast as they could, sometimes pushing 2 issues of the same comic in a month, for as long any anyone would consume them, and trying to tie them ALL together so you had to consume them ALL to get the entire story. That ended up killing my interest in comics for many years, and I’ve found myself avoiding super hero movies lately, likely for similar reasons. DC doesn’t appear to have gotten there yet, though, so maybe I should give some of theirs a watch.

        Oh, and on a semi-related tangent, I did recently watch the Watchmen movie. I enjoyed it much more than I recall enjoying the comic in the day. So thanks for your review a while back! 🙂

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        1. Well, well, well! I’m really glad to know that you actually know your comics and the issues with the big two companies regarding their publishing schedules! It really can be killer but it’s a lot of fun, for now, to try and find those story arcs that actually stand out hahah

          Oh man, I’m really glad to gear that, Todd! It’s a precious adaptation. Have you tried the new HBO TV series though?

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          1. I’m not familiar with the HBO series, so that’s a no. 🙂 I don’t currently subscribe to any of the big tv/movie networks (other than Netflix) so there’s a lot I’m likely missing. I do try to keep recommendations in the back of my mind, though, in case I ever get access and time.

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  3. Super interesting review Lashaan. I am not much of a DC fan and I basically know nothing about that universe, but this movie intrigued me, mainly to see Margot Robbie’s performance in what seems a very complex role. However, I tend to get very annoyed when movies – or directors – try to tick off a list of things to “please” the fans (social justice concepts, popular music or references, etc.) so I think I would be disappointed by this one! And this is why reading your reviews is so entertaining and useful! 😀

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    1. Thanks, Juliette! 😜 I’m so glad to hear that those very things annoy you as well. I feel like there’s an unfortunately heavy political accent to the story that I sort of don’t like executed as it was here. It still remains fun and especially very cinematographically beautiful, but if you’re looking for more substance rather than style, I feel like this one barely succeeds! 😂

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      1. Hahaha I don’t always look for substance rather than style, but as I didn’t enjoy Suicide Squad that much I don’t feel to keen to try this one, but I’m sure the aesthetics are really great 😊

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  4. Now here’s a rarity – a new release, A DC film no less, you’ve since that I haven’t! I did originally plan to see BoP when it came out and I was enthused by the positive early reviews (and before that, bringing in the John Wick fight choreographer to handle the action reshoots) – but then I started to hear, from trusted sources, some more mixed things about the film. Your review is definitely one I trust Lashaan and I feel that my opinion will most likely align with yours, I think Margot Robbie is perfect as Harley and the action scenes sound great but a shame that the Birds of Prey themselves are sidelined. I still look forward to checking it out though, but at this point I’m going to wait for the digital release. Stoked for WW84!

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    1. Hahah it is indeed quite rare! And at least it is absolutely understandable for this movie. I had my reservations regarding this movie since the day they announced it, thinking that it was almost like a power move forced by actors–ahem Margot Robbie ahem–to get a movie focused on her character. I mean, I would’ve preferred her getting the Gotham Sirens movie rather than mixing herself into the Birds of Prey… But, as you’ve noted, the action scenes and the cinematography is quite excellent in this movie. It’s just that I felt like it was a typical case of style over substance. I definitely look forward to WW84! I do hope Cheetah won’t be the new Martha for DC though!

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  5. Fabulously-written review! I’ve seen her in Suicide Squad(which I kinda left off halfway for reasons I forgot why) but your take on Harley Quinn’s character and fight choreography in this has made me interested in watching it.

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