Still-shot from Official Trailer

“Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” is an exciting movie that follows the stories of four women and one girl that are all fighting one common enemy, the Black Mask. This movie is filmed from Harley Quinn’s perspective and was mainly narrated by Quinn. The story jumped around throughout the movie to explain backstories and introduce characters, which honestly confused me at times. What I liked about the jumps in the storytelling was that it was a necessary form of storytelling for this movie. So, it comes to no surprise that the story was told in a choppy, out-of-order kind of way. The director played to Quinn’s chaotic nature and used it to set a scene in our minds as we heard the story be told and watched it unfold right in front of us. 

Although I don’t agree with most critics, I agree this movie was much better with Harley Quinn’s scenes. The scenes she wasn’t in, besides the crazy and always intense scenes with Ewan McGregor playing The villain called Roman, were very important for the storyline, but not as interesting as the ones she starred in. Margot Robbie plays the perfect Harley Quinn: intelligent, able and deviously criminal. 

Over the years of cinema history, movies have been trying to introduce strong female characters who are kick-butt and can take on the “big boss” of the movie. A similar example would be what “The Hunger Games” tried to do with Katniss Everdeen. She wasn’t really a strong female lead, she needed help and aid from all the men that were with her. Granted, she was put into a killing game and forced to either kill or be killed with other children. She still broke apart and needed someone else’s help to be put back together again. 

In contrast, Harley Quinn also faced some big bad wolves, took it in stride, made some bad decisions and recovered on her own. She rallied her company of cornered birds to fight or die and helped save them all. She remained strong throughout the movie and even showcased some of her capabilities to take care of herself. Yes, she went through a breakup and mourned accordingly, but this whole process made her an even stronger character than she was before. 

This movie really shows the strength of women and how kick-butt women can really be. Not only does DC Nation give us a nice, refreshing, aesthetically-pleasing movie about the Joker’s ex, but they give us a powerful story about how strong female villains or heroes can actually be. 

If I am to rate this movie, then I would give it a four out of five stars rating.

Caity Baker-Worsley is a senior Psychology major and is a radio DJ and assistant web editor for Tower Media. She loves K-POP and anything to do with the Korean culture.

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