‘Birds of Prey’ illustrates past struggle, new beginnings for Harley Quinn

by Cassandra Campos

Staff Writer

After her breakup with a reckless boyfriend, Harley Quinn now finds herself lost with no purpose or path. 

To make matters worse, she is now a big target of the enemies of her ex  boyfriend, the Joker. 

In the opening scene for “Birds of Prey,” it shows the struggle that Harley Quinn went through as a child. “When I was younger, my dad traded me for a six-pack of beer,” Quinn says. 

I like that Quinn is the narrator of the movie. I feel that it gives more insight into Quinn’s character and her background. At the beginning, she goes on and describes her childhood and what she went through. 

Although she went through a tough time as a child, she managed to overcome her obstacles and succeed in life. “I even went to college and got my PHD, became a psychiatrist, and that’s when I met him,” says Quinn. 

She then goes on to describe how madly and blindly she fell in love with the Joker. It’s evident how completely blinded by love she was, as she did fall for a guy in a psychiatric facility. That is definitely a red flag for anyone. 

“I guess all good things have to come to an end,” says Harley Quinn, who finds herself in a conflict trying to figure out who she is as an individual now. Throughout her journey of finding herself, she comes across a little mischievous girl known as Cassandra Cain. 

I would have liked some foreshadowing of Cassandra Cain’s character, or a hint that she eventually becomes Batgirl. She also jumps in with other characters, such as “Huntress,” played by Elizabeth Winstead, Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett Bell, and one of my favorites, Ali Wong. Wong did not play a very important role in the movie, as her character did not have a name. But she is one of my all-time favorite comedians. I was happy to see her as an actress keeping her funny personality. 

Harley Quinn is, by far, my new favorite character in the movie. There could not be a better person to play her than Margot Robbie. Robbie plays Quinn so well, kind of like she was born to play this specific character. Her witty, dynamic character brings the setting of the movie together. 

“Birds of Prey” seems very similar to the movie “DeadPool,” except that it’s a female version of it. With that being said, this movie isn’t for kids. One thing that I did not like about the movie was the title. “Birds of Prey” does not sound like an appealing movie title that would make someone want to watch it. 

The action scenes in the movie are my favorite part. The scenes will have you at the edge of your seat, but are also very funny. It’s a great movie to watch, with incredible action, humor and a sentimental side to it. I give this movie a 8.5 out of 10.

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