Posted on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 by David Chen
Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has style to spare. The new film features a quirky and colorful Gotham, a memorable cast of characters, and some pretty impressive hand-to-hand combat. All of it is tied together by Margot Robbie, who commits to this version of Harley Quinn with a zaniness and intensity that is irresistible. Even in moments when the movie doesn’t quite work, you can still feel the love and care that was put into bringing these characters to life.
I had the chance to chat with Melissa Tamminga from Seattle Screen Scene about the movie. We filmed ourselves talking about how Birds of Prey is a metaphor for getting out of a toxic relationship, sharing our favorite action scenes, and what we think of this new vision of Gotham. Check out our detailed video review after the jump. If you’re looking for more content on Birds of Prey, be sure to check out our interview with Margot Robbie and read Hoai-Tran Bui’s review as well.
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Want a first look at the final season of Lucifer? Did you hear details have emerged from a leaked pilot script for Superman & Lois? Is there a post-credits scene for Birds of Prey? Could the future of the DC Extended Universe be brighter than the MCU? What does Scott Derrickson think of Sam Raimi replacing him on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a visual effects supervisor walks us through the movie magic for this years nominees for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Avengers: Endgame. Plus, Margot Robbie stops by Hot Ones to eat some spicy chicken wings and talk about her career so far, and Samuel L. Jackson dramatically reads Yelp reviews. Read More »
Who is playing Clark Kent and Lois Lane‘s kids on Superman and Lois? What mistake did Marvel Comics make in a recent Captain America comic? Did you hear you’ll get all of Crisis on Infinite Earths on the Blu-ray of the final season of Arrow? What is the Rotten Tomatoes score for Birds of Prey? When does The Avengers anime series arrive on Disney+? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Birds of Prey opens this week, and the early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. As a result, the hype for the new DC flick starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is already at a fever-pitch. But if you need something else to get you pumped-up, you might want to take a gander at this behind-the-scenes featurette that highlights the many, many fight scenes and stunts in the movie.
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Black Mask and Victor Zsasz are a dynamic duo — in more ways than one. Unlike many mob boss-henchman relationships, Ewan McGregor‘s Roman Sionus, aka Black Mask, and Chris Messina‘s Zsasz, a serial killer with a penchant for face-peeling, are utterly devoted to each other. The pair are rarely seen without each other in Birds of Prey, and seem to have a secret language between the two of them that only they understand. Zsasz becomes violently defensive of his boss whenever he perceives any kind of threat. But that closeness was something that didn’t come from the script, but from McGregor and Messina’s own development of their dynamic.
“We found a lot of stuff in rehearsals [because] he’s written as a henchman,” Messina told /Film at a Birds of Prey junket in London.
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Harley Quinn is emancipated and feeling fantabulous about it. Margot Robbie‘s breakout character from the 2016 comic book movie Suicide Squad has been in the shadow of the Joker since her inception — and a fan-favorite for almost as long. Introduced as an ordinary henchman to the Clown Prince of Crime in Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn soon shot up to fan-favorite character status, making the leap to comic books and video games before she finally made her big-screen debut a few years ago.
But in nearly every incarnation of the character, Harley Quinn is paired with the Joker, either as his lover, his victim, or his temporary ex who will always return to him. Birds of Prey looks to change that, with Harley separated from her Mr. J (though not by her own choice at first) and trying to find out who she is outside of the Joker.
“It’s really Harley at a kind of different stage of her life,” Robbie told /Film at a Birds of Prey junket in London.
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How much could Birds of Prey make globally in its opening weekend? What is Odin doing on Earth in a Thor: The Dark World deleted scene? How does a new Batman comic let him turn any car into a Batmobile? What advice did The Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani have for Shang-Chi star Simu Liu? Which X-Men star wants to join the Spider-Verse? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Birds of Prey just wants to have fun, and damn to hell anyone who won’t let it. A pulpy, kaleidoscopic funhouse ride that feels simultaneously high-stakes and low-stakes all at once, Birds of Prey is as cheeky, irreverent, and erratic as its central character, Harley Quinn — to both its benefit and its detriment. But mostly, it’s having too much of a blast to notice.
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It didn’t take long after the Birds of Prey had its world premiere for one of its scenes to already become the subject of conversation. But it wasn’t some tie-in to Batman or the Joker, or Harley Quinn wreaking some fantastic havoc. It was a blink-and-you’ll-miss it moment during the film’s climactic fight scene when Harley Quinn tosses a hair tie to Black Canary, whose long tresses had gotten in her face. Why did this moment strike a chord with so many who hadn’t even seen the movie yet?
“It was like a cheeky nod to all these conversations I think women have all the time,” Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan said at a London junket.
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