Sunday, February 9, 2020

New in Theaters February 7, 2020 "Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn"

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Starring: Margo Robbie and Ewan McGregor
Rated R    

After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn teams up with Renee Montoya, The Black Canary and The Huntress to save a young girl from a sadistic crime lord.

“Birds of Prey” tries unsuccessfully to blend a few different characters from different DC Comic platforms. The result is a forgettable mess with mostly lackluster performances and an uninteresting plot.

The story is told in a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards making the film harder for an audience to follow and very annoying at times. Adding to the mess is an attempt to mimic “Deadpool” with an escalated amount of violence and language. But unlike “Deadpool,” there is no sharp and stinging sense of humor found in “Birds of Prey,” giving the film a flat and tired feeling.

The film's only saving graces are Margot Robbie as “Harley Quinn” and Ewan McGregor as “Roman,” the evil crime lord whom is bent on taking over Gotham City. Both performances are outstanding despite the silly and bland script they are saddled with.

In the end, “Birds of Prey” just isn't enough to take these characters into franchise mode.

Because of Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor's performances, I am elevating “Birds of Prey” to a C.

It's rated R.

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