Back in 2016 Margot Robbie stormed onto our screens as the anarchic DC comics favourite Harley Quinn. The ex-PHD psychotherapist who became the Joker’s right hand woman following a rebirth at ACE chemicals. And while Suicide Squad was far from perfect as an introductory film. It is fair to say that Robbie’s Harley Quinn shone through an otherwise mediocre affair. Now three years later, Harley Quinn’s back on the big screen, but this time she is single and ready to mingle. As Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) bursts onto our screens. In an explosion of comic book colour and ferocity, under the stewardship of director Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs).
Our story opens with Harley having split with Joker (or been dumped) depending on your point of view. Her vengeance and closure being the destruction of the ACE chemicals plant where her transformation began. However, sitting in the background of her mourning for Mr J is the crime king pin Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor). Who offers a delicious mix of camp versus evil that shines on screen, next to his sinister henchman Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina). And as Roman searches for a precious diamond, his criminal empire growing in strength. Harley finds herself unwittingly wrapped up in the search. As she protects a young pickpocket Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) who happens to have the diamond in her possession.
However, Harley isn’t the only woman looking for the diamond or vengance. With Gotham PD’s Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) crossbow killer Helena Bertinelli (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and nightclub singer Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) all on the trail. And as all five women lives converge in the search. Harley finds herself momentarily on the side of the good guys, while equally looking after number one.
First and foremost Birds of Prey is a Harley Quinn movie. And this may lead to some disappointment for those hoping to see other characters burst through. However, this does not mean Black Canary, Huntress, Renee and Cassandra are left on the sidelines. In fact much of the anarchic joy of the film comes from all five women interacting towards the end of the movie. But let’s be clear, the film is very much a chance for Margot Robbie’s Quinn to shine. And believe me she shines.
Director: Cathy Yan