If you’re looking for a fun movie to watch on a girls’ night out, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is the movie for you. A colorful superhero adventure directed by Cathy Yan, this movie delivers excitement, fun and feminism. The film stars Margot Robbie as the perky title character, alongside an ensemble of female vigilantes played by Rosie Perez, Jurnee SmollettBell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ella Jay Basco. Despite criticism, Birds of Prey does a great job of showing that women are not defined by the people with whom they have connections. After breaking up with the Joker, Harley spends the movie proving to others that she doesn’t need to hide behind a man. When everyone she has ever wronged starts coming for her, she steps up and shows that she is capable of taking care of herself. The man with the biggest grudge is the notorious Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, played by Ewan McGregor. To stay on his good side, Harley volunteers to retrieve a special diamond for him but quickly realizes she’s in over her head. While trying to do the mission solo, she befriends four other women: a young pickpocket, an assassin hell-bent on revenge, a bitter cop and a bar entertainer. When the worlds of these different women collide, they realize they have to work together to pull off an unconventional jewel heist and thwart Roman’s plans to use the diamond for his own personal gain. Chaos ensues, culminating in a funhouse fight sequence and a car chase on rollerskates.
The madness doesn’t stop there either: the movie flaunts a killer soundtrack featuring Saweetie, Halsey, Normani, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Lauren Jauregui and more. Each song packs a heavy punch of girl power, with a healthy dose of defiance and badassery.
By Erin Wendorf, Staff Writer