“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is the newest film in the DC Cinematic Universe. It’s a movie with a lot of promise and potential, and it includes some really good performances from its lead actors. Despite this, the movie suffers from a very messy script that fails to create any investment in its main characters.
Returning from the absolutely atrocious “Suicide Squad” in 2016, Margot Robbie lends a pretty good performance. She portrays Harley Quinn well and tries her best with the script that she’s been given to work with.
Ewan McGregor stands out from the rest of the cast as the movie’s antagonist: Black Mask. It’s a portrayal that’s very different from the source material, but McGregor gives an entertaining performance nonetheless.
To the movie’s credit, it has a very distinct style and tone that is fitting of the character it’s based upon. Too often now, big-budget movies are very stale and by-the-numbers, so the uniqueness of this movie is a fresh experience.
Despite all of this, I didn’t have hardly any investment in the characters or what was going on in the movie. The script gives new characters no development of any kind and leads me, as a result, to not care. Characters are introduced with no backstory or motivation and it leads to complete apathy of their goals from the audience.
This movie is a perfect example of a creative idea that is devoid of a solid base for its premise to rest on. It has a lot of creative thoughts and developments, but its weak and uncompelling script holds it back from being something truly special.