Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

2020  109 MN

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Cathy Yan

Harley Quinn joins forces with a singer, an assassin and a police detective to help a young girl who had a hit placed on her after she stole a rare diamond from a crime lord.

 Release Date

February 5, 2020


1h49m (109 min)


$ 75,000,000


$ 201,858,461

 Top Billed Cast

 Margot Robbie
 Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
 Ewan McGregor
 Roman Sionis / Black Mask
 Mary Elizabeth Winstead
 Helena Bertinelli / Huntress
 Jurnee Smollett-Bell
 Dinah Lance / Black Canary
 Rosie Perez
 Detective Renee Montoya
 Chris Messina
 Victor Zsasz

 Written by

Christina Hodson Screenplay
Chuck Dixon Comic Book
Jordan B. Gorfinkel Comic Book


Mind Over Mayhem



Margot Robbie
  Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
Ewan McGregor
  Roman Sionis / Black Mask
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  Helena Bertinelli / Huntress
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
  Dinah Lance / Black Canary
Rosie Perez
  Detective Renee Montoya
Chris Messina
  Victor Zsasz
Ella Jay Basco
  Cassandra Cain
Ali Wong
  Ellen Yee
Matthew Willig
Dana Lee
Steven Williams
  Patrick Erickson
Robert Catrini
  Stefano Galante
Daniel Bernhardt
  Sionis' Chauffeur
François Chau
  Mr. Keo
Anna Mikami
  Miss Keo
Paul Lasa
  Franco Bertinelli
Charlene Amoia
  Maria Bertinelli
Ella Mika
  Young Helena Bertinelli
Derek Wilson
  Tim Evans
Bojana Novaković
Andy Hoff
  Erika's Date
Bruno Oliver
Michael Masini
  Officer Dargo
Judy Kain
  Bespectacled Secretary
David Bianchi
Eddie Alfano
  Helena's Bodyguard
Simon Rhee
  Cell Guard
Sala Baker
Zack Whyel
  Roman's Healer
Karen Teliha
Nev Smith
  Gotham Detective
Greice Santo
  Scantily Clad Crystal
Talon Reid
  Roman's Goon
Matthew Parry-Jones
  Club Goer
Brian Nuesi
Adinett Nsabimana
  Girl at the bar
Anthony Molinari
Ego Mikitas
Jenelle McKee
  Hot Couple
Lenora May
  Mrs. Marcucci
Jeff Lipary
  BBB Gang Member
William Guirola
Nico Greetham
  Young Goon
Shad Gaspard
  Lords Leader
Julian Garcia
  Roman's Goon
Eddie J. Fernandez
  Gauntlet Cop
Mike Ferguson
  Lord of the Avenue
Gerald Downey
Dan Cole
  Officer Timm
Jason Catron
  Sprang Bridge Soldier
David Anthony Buglione
  Joe Bertinelli
Tim Rigby
  RR Passenger
Richard King
  Mercedes Gang
Oakley Lehman
  Mercedes Gang
Eric Michael Cole
  Disgruntled man
Dennis Keiffer
Sam Hargrave
Efka Kvaraciejus
Kofi Yiadom
Bryan Sloyer
Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom
Caleb Spillyards
George Crayton
Terrence Julien
  Cell Guard
K.K. Barrett
  Dr. Aguilar
Pramod Kumar
  Irate shopkeeper
Shahaub Roudbari
  Smarmy Guy
Shawn Balentine
  Key Card Cop
Tim Sitarz
  Donut Cop
Buddy Sosthand
  Coffee Cup Cop
Chris Carnel
  Desk Sergeant
Jesse Bush
  Patrol Cop
Charles Carpenter
  Processing Officer
Jeremy Denzlinger
  Desk Sergeant
Joe Bucaro III
  Carlos Rossi
Paloma Rabinov
  Bitchy Teammate


K.K. Barrett
  Production Design
K.K. Barrett
  Production Designer
Matthew Libatique
  Director of Photography
Jay Cassidy
David Ayer
  Executive Producer
Walter Hamada
  Executive Producer
Jonathan Eusebio
  Stunt Coordinator
Kelley Smith-Wait
  Executive In Charge Of Production
Mark DeSimone
  ADR Mixer
Paula Fairfield
  Sound Designer
Hans Ritter
  Executive Producer
Brittany Petros
  Location Manager
Geoff Johns
  Executive Producer
Margot Robbie
Claudette Barius
  Still Photographer
Daniel Pemberton
  Original Music Composer
Rich Delia
Kasra Farahani
  Supervising Art Director
Luke Gibleon
  Sound Effects Editor
Erin Benach
  Costume Designer
Brandon Proctor
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Craig Dollinger
  Boom Operator
Michael W. Mitchell
  Sound Effects Editor
Rich Romig
  Set Designer
Evan Schiff
Phil Barrie
  Sound Effects Editor
Darren Maynard
  Sound Effects Editor
Jon Valera
  Fight Choreographer
Annemarie Griggs
  Visual Effects Producer
Christina Hodson
Katy Wood
  Supervising Sound Editor
Amy Lynn Umezu
  Storyboard Artist
Mark Hawker
  Special Effects Supervisor
Bryan Unkeless
Julien Pougnier
  Art Direction
Kenneth Au
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Cathy Yan
Sue Kroll
Julia Saeri Lee
  Costume Assistant
Bryan Mendoza
  Utility Sound
Chuck Dixon
Chuck Dixon
  Comic Book
Beatrice Cerezo
  Key Art Production Assistant
Molly Hunter Flick
  Art Department Coordinator
Jordan B. Gorfinkel
Jordan B. Gorfinkel
  Comic Book
Greg Land


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Since Wonder Woman that the DCEU has not missed a beat. Even though the latter is still my favorite of the universe, I have mostly a positive opinion about Justice League, Aquaman, and Shazam! Yes, these are not the greatest comic-book movies of all-time, but I would be lying if I denied that I was entertained. Birds of Prey follows the same path: it's fun, action-heavy, and it boasts a phenomenal cast. It has some issues regarding the actual plot and a few characters, but I'll get there.

First of all, let me get the mandatory compliments to Margot Robbie's performance out of the way. If there's a DC character better than Harley Quinn for Robbie to portray, please let me know, because I think she's absolutely perfect as a lunatic, over-the-top psychiatrist-turned-psychopath. Suicide Squad might be a total mess, but I doubt anyone denies how Robbie fits seamlessly into the Harley persona. From her looks to the way she speaks and from her physical movement to her facial expressions, there's just no better casting.

She embodies the whole film's chaotic vibe and even contributes to the (very) colorful set design. However, she's not the only one who delivers a spectacular performance. Jurnee Smollett-Bell offers a surprisingly captivating display as Dinah Lance / Black Canary. Even though Harley Quinn is the main character, I found myself caring a lot about Dinah. Her way of living suits the character's personality like a glove, and she's undoubtedly the best-written secondary character of the movie. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the others, and this is one of my biggest issues.

It's a film packed with cliches and attempts of making the characters aware of those cliches, which is also, well, something pretty overused. What's more generic? Having the bad guy telling the hero their masterplan or having the hero stating how the bad guy is incredibly dumb by thinking of doing that? At first, I laughed, and I thought it was funny the way Christina Hodson was avoiding to write straight-up cliche characters by making everyone else aware of the way these talk or move.

But the whole "I know you're cliche, so you can get away with saying or doing cliche things" only works for a couple of scenes, not an entire movie. This is why I wasn't able to connect with Renee Montoya or care about her narrative at all. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is one of my favorite actresses, but she has the least screentime of the entire cast. I never criticize a film for not giving an actor/actress I like a more important role (unlike other people, I believe it would be unfair to do so). Still, I do complain if I think a particular character should have been given more screentime, which is the case of Huntress.

I find her backstory way more exciting and emotionally investing than Rosie Perez's character, but sadly Huntress' personal story serves only as a not-that-surprising third act twist. There are several past-present transitions in the storytelling, most work, but some feel extremely abrupt. Nevertheless, Winstead is outstanding every single time she's on camera! Ewan Mcgregor offers a good performance as the villain, but he leads me to my other major issue: the central plot. Trivia time: a MacGuffin is an object, device, or event necessary to the narrative and the motivation of the characters, but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself.

The thread that connects every single character is based on one of the most overused MacGuffins ever. Now, don't get me wrong: a MacGuffin is NOT a synonym of bad writing or of a bad plot! It's merely something that leads to nothing. Having in mind that Birds of Prey is a character-driven movie, a plot centered around a MacGuffin is not unusual. As long as every character works, the primary story can simply be a passenger (Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood applies this method). However, in Birds of Prey, not every character has an interesting story...

Basically, Christina Hodson's screenplay isn't exactly bad, but it isn't great too. Just like the film, it has its ups and downs, and I saved some of the ups for last because I do want to end this review on a positive note. Finally, a DCEU movie where the action isn't overwhelmed with CGI, but with detailed choreography and long takes instead! Thank you, Cathy Yan, for bringing some of the best action sequences in this universe. Even if the third act gets a little sloppy due to the amount of characters, it's still a very satisfying ending. The score beautifully accompanies the action, and the visuals are truly gorgeous to look at. The comedy bits are on-point, I laughed quite often, but my final remark goes to a topic I rarely address...

Birds of Prey is a filmmaking lesson on how to produce an incredibly diverse movie without it feeling forced or unnatural. Only AFTER leaving the theater, I acknowledged the fact that the cast and characters are from various races, cultures, and have different sexual preferences. Why? Because this film doesn't waste its runtime by having its characters mention how black, white, Latinas, Chinese, gay, or whatever they are. They simply are what they are, and we all have eyes to see them. Congrats to Yan, Hodson, and everyone else who decided to treat the characters as if they're humans like every one of us.

In the end, Birds of Prey (and the ridiculously long subtitle) continues DCEU's streak of (at least) good movies since Wonder Woman came out. With a phenomenal cast led by an outstanding Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Cathy Yan delivers some of the best action of the entire universe in a genuinely entertaining superhero flick. A colorful, chaotic, and fun vibe is present throughout the whole runtime, as well as a pretty neat score. However, Christina Hodson's screenplay lacks creativity. The main plot revolves around the most overused MacGuffin ever, and some characters are straight-up taken from the book of cliches. It's a generic comic-book film with a formulaic narrative, but one that possesses enough fun and entertainment to overlook the typical story.

Rating: B-


Pretty good Movie, I did not expect Harvey Quinn can kick ass like that. I can see some guy can be turn off this movie because all women hero team. I find it very entertaining and well made.


Nothing, and I REALLY MEAN NOTHING good to say about this.

Louisa Moore - Screen Zealots

I really dug “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” because it is unlike any movie I’ve seen before. There are the conventional-minded and flashy action scenes that accompany most superhero characters, but this is a violent, R-rated, naughty-joke, potty-mouthed comic book tour de force made for women over 25. It’s a boisterous good time for feminists and girl nerds everywhere.

The film is told from the twisted and deliciously sarcastic point of view of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), ex-girlfriend of the Joker. When the evil Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) puts out a hit on a young petty thief (Ella Jay Basco), the most nefarious villains turn Gotham City upside down looking for her. When Harley crosses paths with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and cop Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), the women learn they have no choice but to team up in order to take Sionis down once and for all.

The heartbeat of the film lies in Robbie’s iconic character interpretation of Harley Quinn. She is terrific in making her naughty character with a mean streak easy to love. Harley isn’t exactly a woman you want to emulate, but it sure would be fun to hang out and be friends with her.

All of the supporting performances here really are first-rate too. McGregor chews scenery with audacious glee, and his villain is truly terrifying. With the addition of a diverse, kick-ass female supporting cast playing equally bad-ass superheros, the film takes a multicultural feminist slant that thankfully doesn’t seem forced by committee.

“Birds of Prey” is the type of scrappy mayhem that gives a sparkle of excitement to the mostly bland and boring DCEU. It’s colorful and chaotic, reckless and energetic, and I am surprised that I enjoyed this movie as much as I did. This is a really, really fun spectacle that could bring new fans to the genre.


'Birds of Prey' its absolute thrill ride. It's unapologetically fun and crude and violent. To quote Saoirse Ronan from 'Little Woman'... "Women."
- Chris dos Santos

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I am afraid to say,, but after watching Suicide Squad which was pretty good.
This is a let down and I was looking forward to watching it.
After watching this I think if there was a plot/story behind the movie, I couldn't see it it was all over the place and nothing seemed to follow.
All I can say about this movie is the Actors/Actresses were paid to be stupid and not funny, I hoped for better things and got trash.


**Very refreshing and funny**, The movie is very different from like any team-up movie I've ever seen, it will make you forget that it's a superhero movie entirely it feels like it's just a crazy movie with criminal minds all over the city moving quite freely in fancy dress until one scene of Black Canary where you realise yeah you're watching a super-hero movie they gota show their powers. **It's violent and humorous and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is Fantastic and I really loved the Crossbow Killer**,
DCEU has come up with really great works since the Justice League (ignoring the Aquaman) and if you're counting the upcoming DCEU movies then you'll see a very great future for DC with Batman, Shazam 2 and Wonder Woman sequel.


If COVID-19 ushered cinemas off this mortal coil, I'm kind of strangely okay with telling people this was the last thing I ever got to see on the big screen.

_Final rating:★★★★ - Very strong appeal. A personal favourite._


Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was one of the few highlights of Suicide Squad but once this one was announced, I felt indifferent and the trailers didn't do much to change that to the point I skipped this in theaters. Watching it now, I came away shrugging my shoulders. Some of the action scenes, supervised by Chad Stahelski, were okay but the pacing was all off and the actual BIRDS OF PREY, were sidelined and don't really get any memorable moments. Similarly, Ewan McGregor was alright but a weak villain.

As a fan of the Batman comic book, outside of HQ, none of these resemble their counterparts, most notably Cassandra Cain who was a great character (trained as an assassin as a little girl by her father, David Cain, before being taken in by Bruce Wayne).

IDK, in the end this was a misfire and don't think it was the fault of an inexperienced director (using the same script, not sure anyone else would've made all that much better). Could be a case of being too much of a vanity project for Robbie. **2.75/5**


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