Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn: the exceedingly long name, the excess of colors, the constant use of slow-mo in the action scenes and the revealing outfits don’t hide the fact that Cathy Yan’s film has yet another dull origin story to tell (and to make matters worse, of a group that mostly takes the backseat to its more famous member). All the characters are hard to care for, mostly run-of-the-mill psychopaths of one sort or another. Acting is generally loud and over-the-top: Margot Robbie is manic, as called for, and truth be told, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing this character; Ewan McGregor uses his elastic smile but not his charm. The action scenes are chaotic (but get some points for the martial acrobatics and for the unusual settings where a couple of them happens). The film tries to get quirky with the non-linear narrative filled with voice-over comments, but that simply adds to the confusion.
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