Margo Robbie is perfect as Harley Quinn. I knew that after the Suicide Squad movie, but in Birds of Prey, the actress truly gets to spread her wings and own the role.
I was extremely pleased with the way they brought the character from the comic book page into real life this time around, keeping the key elements of the psycho New York chick firmly intact, including some absolutely amazing stunts that felt as if they were lifted right from the page of the book and made “real.” Harley kicks ass. Literally. And her adorable madness dominates the movie, which also features comic vixens Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) , Huntress (Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montiya (Rosie Perez) who form an unlikely alliance to save the angst-filled teenage pickpocket Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) who made the near fatal mistake of stealing a rather large diamond that houses secrets to a massive hidden pot of gold, so to speak. The would-be owner wants his diamond at any cost.
Robbie’s Quinn displays everything we love about her in the comics- her appetite for massive amounts of junk food (so funny for someone so darn skinny!); her love of “girly” things like purses, makeup, and fashion; along with her love of “manly” things like machine guns, baseball bats and booze. And you have to love her beaver! I can see Harley becoming the DC equivalent of Marvel’s Deadpool, a tongue in cheek hero.
Help me Obi Wan! Ewan McGregor rocks as crime lord Black Mask and Chris Messina is perfect. as Victor Zsasz. Cathy Yan directed the all-star cast., creating a truly fun movie for all of us nerds. I am excited to report that Robbie will again pale her face as Harley in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie on August 6, 2021. There’s no doubt she will also return in her own film. Five Big Stars.
-Michael Buffalo Smith