Birds of Prey

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Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey review

Imagine early Cyndi Lauper falling face-first into a mountain of cocaine and you’ll have someone vaguely resembling Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the damaged but not entirely loathsome bad girl at the center of DC Comics’ Birds of Prey. She just broke up with the Joker and she’s on a rampage, though without his protection half of Gotham City is after her, from goons and barely-explained creeps to an overworked cop (Rosie Perez!) and the revenge-seeking daughter of a Mafia family (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Robbie’s Betty Boop narration explains details for those of us who neither know nor care about the nuances of the DC extended universe. Director Cathy Yan had a fun vision for this one, and the art direction is great, from sleazy villain Ewan McGregor’s fetishy supper club to a hellish boardwalk amusement park. (Using Darren Aronofsky’s cinematographer also helps.) Her decision to model the fights after Jackie Chan movies was a smart one; the crotch kicks and neck snaps don’t just feel like CGI gimmicks. (B)

February 11 2020


Date: February 11, 2020
Cost: $9 – $13.25
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