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Movie Review: Birds of Prey (2020)

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (dir. Cathy Yan, 2020) – Harley Quinn narrates the story of her post-Joker life as she stands against the enemies on her back, with a little help from new friends.

4/5

After spending an entire movie fawning over the Clown Prince, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) has finally decided that she’s had enough. In the Suicide Squad spin-off Birds of Prey, she cuts ties with Mr J for good, leaving behind a life of servitude to toxic romance.

So who exactly is Harley Quinn, if not the other half of Gotham’s nemesis? Is she then nothing but a vulnerable walking target in the eyes of the underworld? As it turns out, none of her assorted enemies ever stood a chance with luck on her side. Her wit is her weapon too, once stolen from her when she had been unfairly relegated to a love interest.

Crime lord Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) learns this for himself when he holds her captive over his own grievances. His smarmy henchman Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina) never gets to wield his knife. The ex-psychiatrist soon manipulates her way out of certain death and into his other mission – to recover child pickpocket Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) for the diamond she stole.

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