Rent Birds of Prey (2020)

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1h 44min
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Synopsis:
You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho andnSfe mafia princess? This twisted tale is told by Harley Quinn herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham's most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis (a.k.a. Black Mask), and his zealous right hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. While on the trail, Harley clashes with the Birds of Prey, but the unlikely foursome may have to team up to take Roman down.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , Isabel Pakzad, , Kc Strubbe, Jacky Shu, , , , James Henry Williams Jr., , Miyuki Matsunaga
Directors:
Producers:
Sue Kroll, Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless
Writers:
Christina Hodson, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
Aka:
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2020
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, English, English Audio Description, Hindi
Subtitles:
Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Birds of Prey: Birds of a Feather: How the birds came to life
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2020
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Atmos, Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Greek, Italian Hard of Hearing, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Birds of Prey: Birds of a Feather: How the Birds came to life
  • Sanity Is Sooo Last Season: Diving into all things fashion
  • Wild Nerds: Meet Bruce the hyena
  • Grime and Crime: Get into the grit of production design
  • Romanesque: Who is Black Mask?
  • A Love, Skate Relationship
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2020
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Atmos, German Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German Hard of Hearing, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Birds of Prey: Birds of a Feather: How the Birds came to life
  • Sanity Is Sooo Last Season: Diving into all things fashion
  • Wild Nerds: Meet Bruce the hyena
  • Grime and Crime: Get into the grit of production design
  • Romanesque: Who is Black Mask?
  • A Love, Skate Relationship

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Reviews (10) of Birds of Prey

so disappointed! - Birds of Prey review by sw

Spoiler Alert
30/06/2020

I was really looking forward to watching this as her character is suicide squad was so cool.

but i swear her voice or the way she talks is different in it. the whole film just seems weak.

after half the movie i started forwarding bit by bit trying to get to the end quicker.

i would try and be more helpful on why its bad but i honesty cant pin point anything because i didnt like any of it.

wish id listen to all the bad reviews on imbd that id read.

5 out of 10 members found this review helpful.

Quirky but a weak movie - Birds of Prey review by SH

Spoiler Alert
18/09/2020

Poor story line, awful action scenes, poor casting (Ewan Mcgregor was HORRIFIC!). At best this is a poor low budget spin off movie. I'd be surprised if there is a sequal.

Only reason this gets 2 stars is due to the few comic moments but there are not enough to save the movie. Movies like this work best when they are darker, set at night. Not when your shooting the scenes in the street with the general public around.

It's a poor attempt to push "girl power" in a sci fi genre. It tries to hard to do that and it looses focus on the story.

Watch but you'll be disappointed.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

There's not even an teeny-tiny shorts to distract you this time. - Birds of Prey review by DS

Spoiler Alert
06/01/2021

Birds of Prey starts off with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn updating us on her progress and state in the world. In other words a huge exposition dump. So far so dull. For me the character of Harley Quinn is annoying and pointless even before this film and the only point for her in the previous films was teeny-tiny shorts and lingering shots of bottoms and legs plus she was a sort of water-downed evil.

In this film written by Christina Hodson and directed Cathy Yan we at least get away from the leering sexuality of the previous portrayal but if you are looking for an interesting feminist point of view from the story and characters, you are not going to get it. The male characters are all repugnant from the get-go which did not bother me but just seemed a bit sledge-hammery if I am honest. What we ended up with was female super-villains-heroes or whatever they are doing exactly what their male counterparts did in the other films. You could replace every main character with a male character, and you would not notice it. So, from my point of view utterly redundant. I wanted the film to say something different, open my old, jaded eyes. It did not.

Probably the most disappointing aspect for me though was the acting in the film was spotty at least. Mary Elizabeth Winstead just looked like she was acting and was thoroughly unconvincing and Rosie Perez probably turned in her worst showing since I can remember. At one time it is said she was every bad cop-movie cliché which I am guessing was supposed to be ‘on’ and ‘meta’, but she was and it was wearisome.

The Huntresses’ real boyfriend, Ewan McGregor, turns up as the main villain Roman Sionis who apparently is called the Black Mask although he only dons it for ten minutes and I am none the wiser why he does. McGregor makes a good show of being over-the-top insane and so camp he should be a holiday park in Wales but if it were not for his thorough bleak and blank unpleasantness, he would to all intents and purposes be a yaa-boo pantomime baddy.

Therein lies the rub. I think, I do not know because the Comic Book World is not mine, DC is supposed to be darker than Marvel. This film was, but there is a big clash of styles in all this. Bright jokey situations, smart-Alec and sharp-witted quipping protagonists, and bloody murder, slaughter, torture and bystander slaughter. Unless you have got something fundamentally wrong with you these do not really mix. They really do not. It is jarring.

There was something nasty in the dark corners of this film, something unpleasant, mean-spirited, it liked being there and it was never far from the surface. I did not enjoy the spectacle just because of this.

The sets seem Gotham City-like, grubby New Yorkesque, and Harley Quinn is bad-ass and uncaring enough to litter, the CGI is quite poor for a modern film, particularly the hyena, and worse still I am sorry to say the exciting fight scenes look choreographed and seem clunking and slow much like a large portion of the dialogue which is full of really heavy and awkward exposition at times.

The story is about the hunt for a lost diamond. That is it. The titular group Birds of Prey are in the film for five minutes at the most and there seems to be no real driving reason for them if I am honest.

Overall Birds of Prey is underwhelming and unnecessary. One more comic-book film like this and I think I will be done with this category altogether. At the moment Shazam is holding the fort for all ‘DC films’.

Not good enough.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Birds of Prey (aka Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

This is perhaps the most liberating of DC Comics movies in recent in how it sheds the past mistakes of DCEU. No longer bound by the constraints of blockbuster orders or lukewarm PG-13 theatrics, Margot Robbie finally gets a film to shine at her best as Harley Quinn. On a larger level, Warner Bros has learned from their mistakes of Suicide Squad and can now look back and laugh on their mistakes with a film that finally found the comic formula that works. Embracing an R-rated for Harley proves to be exactly the cure for DCEU’s blockbuster blues and gives the comic book franchise a neon wake up call.

Similar to the Harley Quinn animated series, Birds of Prey picks up with Robbie in the role of Harley post-Joker. Having taken enough of Joker’s abuse over the years, she finally makes the tough call to go out on her own and cut the clown out of her life. At the same time, WB is also cutting the Jared Leto Joker out of their franchise, highlighting how the studio intends to move forward with what worked and what did not. Harley worked, Joker did not. And so Harley has shed the clown crime prince in a grand act of exploding the ACE Chemical plant where the two had formed their bond over toxic waste.

Once Harley does this, however, she’s not only struggling financially but also to survive in a Gotham City crawling with criminals. Knowing now that Harley no longer has the Joker to defend her, everyone who had a beef with her now comes after her, forcing Harley to constantly be on the run. Told in punk style typography and doodles, we soon learn that she has made a lot of enemies. Chief among those most offended is Black Mask (Ewan McGreggor), a very eccentric and cruel owner of a nightclub. He entertains her antics for a while before threatening to cut off her face. And he’ll do it, as referenced in flashbacks.

Harley is ultimately thrown into a heist plot where’s she forced to steal a diamond for Black Mask to save her life. It sounds standard for a fast-paced action picture but its a simple enough premise to allow for a lot of girly grit to spew forth with great fun. Several characters are thrown into the mix, some of them getting more star time than others. There’s Black Canary, a singer in Mask’s nightclub who has conflicting and torn views on criminals and police, placing her in a unique spot as a woman who may or may not become a hero. Cassandra Cain is a troubled kid who has resorted to a life of pickpocketing, making her a key player in the heist for her ability to swipe and hide. Renee Montoya is a veteran cop that struggles to take down Black Mask when working in a very contentious work environment. And then there’s Huntress, struggling to make her superhero name known which everyone gets wrong.

This ensemble cast is great and they even has some brilliant chemistry but they have to fight for their time on screen. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is perhaps the most adorable of straight women for taking herself so seriously when nobody else does and yet she is shoved so far into the third act as a surprise that we don’t get to appreciate more of her. When she does show up, however, the fight scenes are brilliantly staged and ridiculously violent. There’s a freeing nature to such a picture that never fears to dabble in the immoral and crude, where nightclub parties are over the top and battles in the streets are exceptionally bloody and brutal. This film just knows how to have fun.

Birds of Prey is perhaps at its best in how it poses the central Harley Quinn. She is the protagonist in this giddy Guy Ritchie style picture but also still a villain. Not some misunderstood woman who turned evil or some bad girl who learns to become a good guy. She is an anti-hero, the lesser of Gotham’s evil while still being a part of the criminal lifestyle. And the film lavishes in this craziness to such a degree that even when the film takes on some off tonal shifts, it never loses sight of its character and its atmosphere.

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