birds of prey: and the fantabulous emancipation of one harley quinn movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Birds of Prey is a fun action/comedy featuring the character Harley Quinn. There’s plenty of extreme violence and lots of rough language, so it is not for kids but is fine for teens.


After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins forces with female superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a teenage girl from evil crime lord, Roman Sionis.

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Movie details

Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco, Ewan McGregor
Writer: Christina Hodson
Release Date (Australia): 06 Feb 2020
Runtime: 109 minutes/1h 49m
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains themes of criminal activity, revenge and implied torture.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes several shootings and stabbings which feature large blood sprays and spatters. There is also bone-breaking detail and bloody gore.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent use of the word “f**k”, as well as use of the words “bitch”, “slut” and “s**t”.

Drug Use (M)

A character accidentally inhales cocaine powder and is depicted under the influence of the drug.

Nudity (PG)

The film features depictions of artistic breast nudity.

Sex (PG)

The film features mild crude sexual humour.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Margot Robbie certainly delivers the fun, fresh and comical Harley Quinn in this fast action-comedy. However, if it weren’t for how well constructed and pleasurable the idea of Birds of Prey turned out to be, it would’ve been known as terribly executed and forgettable. The story revolves around Harley Quinn joining superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya after being dumped by the Joker, to protect a mischievous girl from the wacky villain, Black Mask (also known as Roman Sionis played by Ewan McGregor).

It’s a pretty simple idea, but Birds of Prey ended up being an incredibly entertaining story with plenty of violent, silly action and enjoyable humour. Other than the entertainment value, another excellent element of this film is the characters. They’re completely ridiculous and silly, but that’s what’s good about them. The lead superheroes, and villains, are fun and have well built personalities and looks.

There’s also lots of skill, action and laughs throughout the movie, which is obviously what you expect from a recent action-comedy. But most action films today are tedious, flat and boring. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) is definitely a fun DC witness for teens and fans of other films like Suicide Squad. The storytelling and events the film provides are light-hearted but violent delight.

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