The DC Extended Universe Birds of Prey movie welcomes the return of the most beloved Halloween heroine four years ago, Harley Quinn.
DC’s famous anti-hero – Harley Quinn, after her impressive debut in Suicide Squad, is back with her film, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). After breaking up with the Joker, Harley Quinn met countless enemies before gathering the powerful Gotham female fighters group against the gangster boss Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor). Brilliant, rebellious, and shallow is what can be described in the Birds of Prey movie.
Margot Robbie returns with a superficial #MeToo message
In this new film, female director Cathy Yan used Harley Quinn as a tool of violence to respond to a world full of bad men created by the filmmaker. This makes Birds of Prey is slightly similar to a previous movie which used feminism as leverage for marketing, Charlie’s Angels by Elizabeth Bank, (hit the theater last year). There, women are always adorable and encouraged to rise. Men are a bunch of bad guys who deserve to be kickass. This clear division between black and white, good and bad, gave Harley Quinn the moral freedom to solve all her problems.
The way Quinn responded to the world was simply to run away and smash, kick men’s groin and punch women in the chest. In one scene, she was drunk, poured alcohol on a girl, and then broke the driver’s leg. All was done without hesitation. In another scene, Quinn smacked Black Mask’s minions, the whole bunch of “bad guys” who are all tall and stout men, in the abandoned game area.
Birds of Prey encourages women to fight against men, excusing the women’s destructive actions when they are out of their minds. It is a rudimentary feminist liberation that has no other purpose but for entertainment.
Funny and eye-catching
In terms of entertainment, Birds of Prey did quite well by once again bringing DC’s most interesting female character back to the screen. After a brief and visual explanation of what happened before, most viewers, including those who have never seen Suicide Squad, probably already understand what happened.
Margot Robbie’s hot and crazy acting and beautiful combat (melee) are the bright spots that attract the audience in terms of vision. The addition of a colorful fire and explosion effect (the part where the blue smoke chemical factory is blown up, as well as the details of the splashing of the police station with red and green powder) makes it one of the most eye-catching of DC up to now.
What keeps Birds of Prey from being as obnoxious as “Charlie’s Angels” is its amusement to soften the film’s rather inert message. Many details are plugged in such as the scene where Quinn tries to write business cards, a race with a grandmother who looks like Frida Kahlo on the highway, or the character of Huntress trying to look cool, making the audience laugh. After Shazam!, Birds of Prey continues to be a comedy that helps dispel the color of the overly serious dark film that covers the entire DC universe.
After the success of the Joker, Warner Bros. and DC saw a niche that Marvel could hardly exploit: a violent R-film. Nothing attracts a male audience like bloody payouts, the clamor of broken bones and boos of the victim, plus hot and crazy (but importantly, hot) heroine. This may be a well-developed strategy, but will viewers still enjoy these 18+ violent stuffing in the long run?
In addition to Margot Robbie who has redundant confidence and beauty as a heroine that is beautiful, crazy, and ridiculous, the other actors show very little of their efforts, typically the character Renee Montoya who acts like a log, lifelessly even when wearing a shirt with the coolest slogan on earth. Maybe in another story, the actresses will have more suitable stories and scenarios.
Robbie starred in a film that cheered, provocative but did not encourage the audience to think. Nihilism advises people to be meaningless, rejecting all kinds of beliefs and moral norms that lead Arthur Fleck into the Joker, now leading Harley Quinn to become a self-made woman with her ideology.
However, while Todd Phillips makes viewers reevaluate their social worldview, Birds of Prey is happy with the mess Cathy Yan created. Goofy and entertaining, the film can be greeted with a distinct style. In the long run, this is a weak brick placed in the DC extended universe because of its little (if not to mention its monetizing feature) contribution to the general future of this superhero world.