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Review | Birds of Prey: Harlequin and its Fantastic Emancipation is a slap in the face against abuse


First of all, you didn't misread the title of the movie. IT'S FANTASTIC same. Second, let's talk about the movie!

The Harlequin (Margot Robbie) is back. After a movie that everyone forgot about the Squad, she also decided to stop forgetting and break up with the Joker. Well, actually, it was Mr C himself who ended it.

The movie that should be a presentation of the Birds of Prey is like a comic book where the characters are shown for the first time in the Harley Quinn stories. Something like bringing in some heroes, putting them together at the end of it all, within the Batman comics. So this is a Harley Quinn adventure!

With that in mind, don't expect serious Batman villains like Black Mask. Batman readers or players know the violent character, with ambitions to wipe out the Bat and conquer Gotham. Well, this is not so.

Black Mask joins the select club of dancing villains, such as the Panthers, among others. But this is not to denigrate the character, as he is very well done by Ewan McGregor.

Here the story is made and told by the little clown, with doses of madness, a narrative that is beyond distorted and with few breaks from the fourth wall. And it's no use wanting to compare with the Deadpool, because the way she does it is completely different. It's the same style employed by many romantic comedy films or Enjoying Sick Life. If you've seen movies of this style, you already know that comparisons with Deadpool are completely ridiculous.

The film is fun, makes the viewer laugh and has a 'Q' a but which is its direct criticism of the abuse. Each character within this story has a characteristic abuse that women suffer. Harley Quinn goes from being romanticized in her relationship with the Joker to showing the whole side of relationship abuse and how hard it is to get out of it. And how much people denigrate the image of women by saying that they are always looking for the “alpha male”, but don't try to help. Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), is the detective, but her representation is in the women who cannot climb their careers and are labeled crazy when they want to do something different, but who will always have a working 'partner' who will take advantage of it and get there. The Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is one of the women who are never heard from, no matter where. The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), with child abuse and who grow up in the midst of so much violence and that any more direct act is taxed with “you have trouble controlling your emotions” and Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) who is still a child already suffering all the abuse the world can bring her.

Therefore, this is a film with a current theme and that knows how to punctuate this criticism very well. If it weren't for characters from the comics, it would undoubtedly be the best film of the year, as it would have a very different narrative. Here's a tip for the producers and congratulations to Warner who knew how to use their characters.

In addition to giving that final kick, the script shows that abuse is not just a woman thing or an invention of women who should be doing laundry and taking care of children. The Black Mask, in addition to committing various types of abuse and having the lines that are real weapons against women, also suffers from the abuse of a manipulator. This is very well constructed, but that is no excuse for what he does.

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey is a good movie that should please people looking for fun and characters who have empathy, as well as criticism and for bringing back the little clown that everyone loves. One of the negative points is the delay in the character presentations, which were still made until the end of the film. Anyway, this is very small next to everything.


  • The film is colored when viewed through Harley Quinn's eyes. Just like the famous explosion seen in the chemical plants trailer. But when seen by the other characters, the colors change. Sometimes with dark doses, other times more gray. It depends on each character.
  • Harlequin has an excerpt where it explains what a Harlequin is. It's definitely something to think about who we are and defines the character very well.
  • A positive point for the film was a choice not to sexualize the characters, like the Huntress herself, and to give the actresses the freedom to work on their psychological side.
  • There's no Joker, as the production got tired of saying.
  • There's no Batman, as the production got tired of saying.
  • The movie has a… post credit 'scene'.
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