Birds of Prey is an action-packed flight

Story by CaRon Lofton, Staff Writer

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It’s open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other crime boss in the city of Gotham. Things soon even out for Harley as she forms unexpected alliances with three deadly women Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya.

Birds of Prey is a very fun movie with lots of great moments and charming characters. Harley Quinn is in the driver’s seat for the entire movie giving the audience insight into what happens in her mind and the people she cares about. Ewan Mcgregor who is best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars really steals the show as Black Mask. He gives a very terrifying yet funny performance in the role and is definitely the shining star of the movie. Everything about the movie in terms of a filmmaking perspective is all great, from the set design that gives the city of Gotham life to the beautiful colors of the costumes and backgrounds seen in the film. Director Cathy Bates should get lots of praise for making something this bold and new in the comic book genre. There is really never a dull moment during the duration of the movie which keeps the audience glued to the screen. The movie also has a lot to say about real-life situations that people go through such as being in an abusive relationship and how women sometimes have to deal with misogyny. 

There are things in the movie that are not as good. One of the main problems of the movie is the fact that the rest of the movie’s main protagonists except for Harley don’t really get that much character insight. If the film was just a little longer then maybe they could have fleshed out each character to where they needed to be.

Overall Birds of Prey is a great action-adventure movie with fun visuals and is a blast to watch.