Yellow movie theater poster with Harley Quinn

Birds of Prey: The Film that Comic Book fans deserve

By Timia Cobb
Web Content Contributor

The infamous Harley Quinn is back and better than ever in “Birds of prey” with a crew of rough, hard-core, and praiseworthy women. “Birds of Prey” had a lot to live up to due to its not-so-good predecessor “Suicide Squad” that came out in late 2016.

However, despite the horrible reviews of  “Suicide Squad”, I didn’t give up hope that “Birds of Prey” would be magnificent and worth the watch and I happily wasn’t disappointed.

I feel as though a lot of people were shocked to find out this movie is Rated-R. I didn’t even think to check if it was Rated-R before going to see the film, and didn’t realize it was until I saw Harley Quinn violently break a man’s legs by jumping on them.

This movie is the funniest type of gorey, which makes it even more enjoyable.

A lot of comic book movie adaptations today lack the edginess of being adult-friendly. “Deadpool” is a great example of gore and comedy which can attract fans.

 “Birds of Prey” leveled out the bloody and bone-cracking scenes well enough to not seem as though the film was trying too hard to be violent.

This movie, from my point of view, is possibly filled with too much action. I feel that “Suicide Squad” messed up by having a lot of dialogue that was unnecessary or cringe. Because of that, “Birds of Prey” was filled with more action scenes than talking.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved every scene where each character had to fight and show how cool they were. However, after 40 minutes, it feels as if all I’ve seen is just action and no character development.

I will not discredit that to see a major action film with a cast of mostly women was amazing to see and each of the actors deserves a standing ovation for it.

The best thing about  “Birds of Prey” was it not forcing “woke feminism” down viewers throats and still being a wonderful movie that pays tribute to how independent, strong and amazing women can be.

The only way I can explain this is by comparing “Birds of Prey” to “Black Christmas” a movie that came out in December of 2019.

“Black Christmas” is a movie about sorority girls fighting against a fraternity on campus that’s trying to kill them. Every second, the movie is repeatedly talking about women’s rights, women knowing their place or the feminist movement. As if the audience wouldn’t be able to grasp that the movie is about girl power.

All these things obviously should be talked about but it shouldn’t be preached about in an hour and a half movie that’s simply supposed to be a Christmas horror film.

“Birds of Prey” is the complete opposite, it’s subtle approach gets the point across.  In the entire movie, none of the women are ever seen fighting against other women, just men. Unless you count Renee Montoya, a cop who hunts Harley Quinn down but later in the movie has to work with her.

The movie is about women not needing men to get ahead or protect them. It’s about women being strong. “Birds of Prey,” says all of this without having to broadcast or give a weirdly placed monologue and I respect that.

Sadly, “Birds of Prey” didn’t do as well as its premiere weekend was predicted. I blame this on poor advertisement and bias from previous DC films.

Although, “Birds of Prey” to me, is more than worth the watch. It’s not groundbreaking but it is the most satisfying comic book adaptation movie I’ve seen in a long time. 

Featured image by Timia Cobb.

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