Early 2020 opened with the rise of DC. The film Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is an interesting spectacle made by Warner Bros. and DC in developing characters in the DC universe. The combination of relatable characters and immersive messages, presents a typical DC spectacle but with a light tone.
Directed by Cathy Yen, Birds of Prey continues the story of Suicide Squad (2016) and this time focuses on Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Struggling after breaking up with the Joker (or Harley calls him Mr. J), Harley wants to prove she can be independent from the person who always protects her. Remembering after breaking up with the Joker, he was finally hunted by the people he had ‘bullied’.
Finally he has to deal with Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), a mafia lord who wants to find the Bertinelli diamond stolen by a young pickpocket, Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco). He is also being chased by police detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) and Huntress (Mari Elizabeth Winstead), a murderer who wants to avenge his family.
Get into Harley Quinn’s mind
As the title suggests, this film focuses on Harley Quinn’s journey after breaking up with the Joker. Labeled as the ‘former Joker’, he must avoid the villains he has dealt with. At the beginning of the film we have presented how Harley must avoid criminals who want to kill him.
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Through a dynamic plot and a steady pace from beginning to end, the audience will be brought into Harley Quinn’s mind. It can be seen from how Margot ‘ break the 4 th wall ‘ by talking to the audience like Deadpool. This is the first for a DC Extended Universe film.
Birds of Prey takes the audience deep into Harleen Quinzel’s mind, complex, jumpy and unpredictable. From the start, the story sequence is quite confusing with a few flashbacks and then back to the main plot.
One scene depicts what goes on in Harley’s head, such as dancing with Black Mask. Harley’s post-breakup mechanism also represents Harley as an ordinary woman; a broken hearted individual who needs a friend.
Unfortunately, Jared Leto was not present to reprise his role as the Joker. Even the early story of Harley Quinn and the Joker was made with animated images.
The combination of action and comedy is quite a lot. Embedding comedy scenes in several fights, all flowing with a unique and interesting Harley Quinn character that is more pronounced than Suicide Squad . His character develops through loss, loneliness and betrayal. And Margot Robbie is brilliant in her character.
Pesan Girls Power
Margot Robbie arguably fell in love with Harley Quinn. Acting as the lead producer of Birds of Prey , he met screenwriter Christina Hudson in 2016 to work on the script and draft. Cathy Yan was chosen as director. Surely this film will feel different if directed by a man.
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Created, produced, and played (mostly by) women, the film Birds of Prey is able to raise the theme of feminism from various characters who are oppressed and oppressed. It’s not just the main character, one scene shows a nightclub visitor being told to take off his clothes just as entertainment.
The biggest message in Birds of Prey is about feminism. Yan executes Harley’s story seamlessly and blends it with Harley’s unique and eccentric character. Not only Harley Quinn’s journey after ‘deciding’ Mr. A, but the various problems that women often face can be seen from the female characters in this film.
Other characters thrive on their own problems. Casandra’s adoptive parents who always fight, Huntress who wants to avenge her family, Black Canary who is only Black Mask’s subordinate, and detective Renee Montoya who is always restrained by his superiors.
Together, Harley and his new squad discover serious learning about self-discovery. However, this film is not carried with a heavier tone like Batman v Superman or Justice League. Harley and the others only face problems that are close to their environment and life.
Apart from Suicide Squad
Yan directs Harley’s combination of action, humor and everyday travel. Making this film present a light tone without losing the deep message it gives. But for those of you looking forward to cameos from characters in the DC universe, be prepared to be disappointed.
Because just like Joker (2019) which was brought by Joaquin Phoenix, Birds of Prey is like being separated from Suicide Squad . No characters from director David Ayer’s films are brought into this film. There are indeed a few characters that appear in some scenes, for example in the ‘wanted’ poster at the police station.
Fans of the comics and animated series are sure to love Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey more than Suicide Squad . Harley Quinn’s madness is felt. The easy plot is not too complicated, making it something that anyone can enjoy. The eye-catching colors and images are ready to entertain the eyes.
The Birds of Prey movie seemed to make way for DC and Warner Bros. to further explore heroes and even villains from the DC universe with various story concepts. The combination of action and comedy can be a charm. But the most important thing is the way DC develops characters, changing the story but still presenting the same DC impression.