Warner brothers have had to endure laughs towards their products over the last few years, trying to find a winning formula like marvel, creating divisive movies like Suicide Squad, Justice League and Batman v Superman. Eventually they had no choice but to rethink the whole formula thing. Their new strategy which is doing wonders for them now is giving the directors some space to be creative and have their own identity. This is shown in abundance in Birds of Prey.
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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is a fantastic movie from director Cathy Yan, an upcoming heavyweight with Dead Pigs, According to my mother and Down River to her resume .A genius who understands DC comics and its visualization of their characters. She has created a beautiful rendition of Gotham straight out of the comics, with the Gothic imagery enforced with a modern city. A city that has a big criminal underworld but still normal day to day occurrence and activities thrive. From an open air market to a sandwich shop to a city still in development with skyscrapers that are unfinished visible in Gotham skyline.
We can’t start talking about the movie without talking about the beautiful cartoon introduction. With this little cartoon we know why Harley Quinn is how she is. Harley’s story is used to reflect on the very less fortunate members of Gotham. You either learn from an early stage it’s the survival for the fittest and no one not even your father would think twice before abandoning you. This answers the question why Gotham is the way it is, a city with billionaires but crime is still rampant. To get to the top, it’s survival for the fittest.
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The characters in Birds of prey can be summed up as the most charming and charismatic group of bad guys ever seen. We can all thank the casting director for this. Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) Mary Elizabeth Winstead (huntress), Rosie Perez (Renee Montoya), Jurnee Smollett-bell (black canary), Ewan McGregor (roman Sionis) Chris Messina (Victor Zsasz) and the young but holding her own Ella jay Basco (Cassandra Cain) have all tried so hard to bring amazing portal of their comic book counterparts to life. Harley as a former queen of Gotham, huntress is the assassin out for revenge, canary is a reluctant hero, Montoya a good cop in an unjust society.
We can’t continue before talking about the best part of this movie, at least my favourite parts of this movie, Roman Sionis and his amazing best friend, Victor Zsasz. Roman is a delusional, insecure, racist and entitled. He looks like those rich people white who being Lakers shirts to Africa and takes pictures. Victor is a psychopath who lives to please his best friend, a loyal soldier with trust issues and lust for blood. Their relationship was beautiful; victor knows how to control his best friend, from massages, to accepting everything Roman says like a child. It reminded me of when i was listening to my nine year old nephew’s problems. Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina were perfect.
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As much as Birds of prey was visually stimulating and a good forward trajectory for the DC comics, there are some minor flaws. The non-linear story telling hurt the movie to a point. I would have loved to see a normal story, Batgirl should have been there, would have loved to see Canary who in the comics was so good that she taught young members of the justice league how to fight get a hand to hand fight scene with Victor Zsasz. It would have been amazing to see her destroy Zsasz with the canary scream.
All in all, ‘Birds of Prey’ is an awesome watch. If you want to see daylight in Gotham, beautiful costumes (that made Gotham look like Paris fashion week) incompetent stupid police who need batman’s help for sure, awesome chemistry between co-stars and one of the most chaotic fun filled movies of the new decade so far, Birds of prey is the movie for you.
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Written By Mike Letutui