PREY FOR GOTHAM!
After the Joker breaks up with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), she finds a new nemesis in a Gotham City gangster (Ewan McGregor), as well as potential new female allies. This spin-off to Suicide Squad (2016) is a minor improvement, failing to offer much of a compelling story, but taking good advantage of Robbie’s sinister charisma and introducing several new interesting characters that add weight to its female empowerment theme. Rosie Perez is fun to watch as a 1980s-style movie cop. McGregor is a weak villain, but the movie has a cheeky attitude and offers a decent amount of kick-ass action.
2020-U.S. 109 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Cathy Yan. Screenplay: Christina Hodson. Cast: Margot Robbie (Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Helena Bertinelli/Huntress), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Dinah Lance/Black Canary), Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina.
Trivia: Co-produced by Robbie; co-executive produced by David Ayer. Full title onscreen: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Sam Rockwell was reportedly considered for McGregor’s role. Several of these characters also appeared in the TV series Birds of Prey (2002-2003).