A.K.A. the Harley Quinn movie
As oversaturated as the superhero genre has become, I feel that many of these movies are all manufactured to simply imitate each other. It doesn’t help that most Marvel titles are all bloated with the same lighting, CGI and visuals. They all come across as bland to me. There’s nothing substantial or unique about MCU films anymore and they feel less like pieces of media with a directorial vision and more like visual content manufactured to be watched by the most amount of people in the moment and then forgotten about immediately after for the next film.
It is why, for all the issues riddled in Warner Bros.-produced movies with DC superheroes, I can at least say that these movies do have a clear director and have a separate identity (and yes that counts for the Snyder films…).
Birds of Prey is the latest movie in this new trend in DC titles. Despite not being ground-breaking or trying too hard, Birds of Prey has a lot of personality.
From the diverse female cast, to the colourful costumes, and most importantly, the stunt work, the movie feels more like a film than anything Marvel has made in the last 5 years.
Unlike all these samey blockbusters, Birds of Prey had a much smaller budget with a smaller team which might sound like a setback, but I think it allowed the crew to produce a piece of work that doesn’t rely on constant overblown intergalactic space fights hosted in a greenscreen castle. The film instead feels more grounded, tangible, and memorable.
Overall, I’d recommend this if you’re in the mood for some dumb action. January and February are typically the dead months for blockbusters, so if you’re going to go see schlock, go see fun schlock.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 10 on February 26th, 2020