Birds of Prey review: First reactions to Harley Quinn movie are in and they’re REALLY good

Birds of Prey sees the return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn following her debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad. This time around, she’s joined by a gang of fellow super-powered females: Huntress (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) as they band together to save Cassandra Cain (Elle Jay Basco). With the release date just around the corner, here’s the first reactions and reviews for the latest DCEU movie.

Screenqueez editor Millicent Thomas took to Twitter to share her take: “Cathy Yan’s #BirdsofPrey is a criminally fun celebration of sisterhood, with some of my favourite fight scenes in recent memory.

“I was grinning from ear to ear the entire thing.”

Discussing Film Editor Ben Rolph said: “#BirdsofPrey is a stylishly fantastic ride. Margot Robbie is on top-form, Harley has never been quirkier and more lovable.

“Well-made, shot with beautiful colour and overall, a sleek piece of grand entertainment,” he added. “Also, [Ewan] McGregor is THE BEST. We need more Birds of Prey, it’s great.”



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Meanwhile, Keaton Kilde from Vogue tweeted: “The Birds of Prey embargo has lifted so now I can scream about how absurdly fun it is & the way it completely washed the taste of Suicide Squad out of my mouth. Girls and gays, this one’s for us.”

#BirdsofPrey is the Harley Quinn movie we deserve,” writer and director Ben Mekler wrote. “She kicks a**, cracks jokes and freaks her teammates out.

“But we see a sincere side too in her scenes with Colin Powell, her regret over Joker and Colin’s over lying to the UN about Iraq. More to explore in a sequel for sure.”

The Independent’s film critic Clarisse Loughrey added: “Birds of Prey is so up my street it’s RIDICULOUS – fashionable, weirdo ladies breaking men’s shins & aggressively complimenting each other!! Yes please and thank you!!”

Alisha Grauso, of Atom Tickets, chipped in: “#BirdsofPrey is like if John Wick were run through a crazy funhouse filter and stuffed full of glitter and F-bombs.

“It’s everything you could ever want from #HarleyQuinn and her bad*** girl gang. Into this movie completely.”

GameSpot’s Associate Entertainment Editor Meg Downey called McGregor’s turn as the villain Black Mask a “scene stealer”, while Geeks of Color founder Dorian Parks added that the “chemistry amongst the cast was great”.

He added: “I love to see more Black Canary and Huntress in the future.”


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Birds of Prey is female-driven behind the camera as well as on screen and is directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson.

In an interview with Slash Film, Harley Quinn star Robbie previously said the group her character gathers around her were “eclectic”.

“Everyone has a distinct and different personality and is coming from a different angle, I suppose,” she explained.

“You got Renee, whose set of morals… her moral compass point a very different way to Harley’s and Canary’s.

“Everyone’s kind of got their own rule of ethics that they abide by, and they kind of conflict with each other, which I think is always interesting in an ensemble.”

Robbie also serves as a producer on the upcoming movie and revealed her interest in Huntress in the comics solidified her vision for Birds of Prey.

The official reviews are yet to be unveiled but, if the first reactions are anything to go by, fans are in for a treat.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is released in UK cinemas February 7.

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