‘Birds of Prey’ defines a new age of movies for woman


Claudette Barius

Picture courtesy of DC Films

Cathy Yan’s newest film, “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn,” has proven to be one of the best movies of 2020. In hard times that the world is facing right now, the film is a break from stress and troubles.

This action packed film follows Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and four other female leads: Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as they form to stop sinister villain Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) from stealing a diamond. The main message this movie is trying to get across is that women can be just as powerful as men, a lot of times even more powerful, and they don’t need a man to solve their problems for them.

One of the biggest reasons why I love this movie is because of the cinematography. The movie starts off as an animation, explaining all of the events that happened in a previous movie, “Suicide Squad,” that Harley Quinn was in.

Then it cuts to live action cinema for the rest of the movie. There are some very beautiful shots in the movie and the angles and everything the cameraman and director used for this movie were outstanding.

Another thing that stood out to me was the dialogue. There are some really great quotes in the movie, like when Harley says, “If you want boys to respect you, you have to show them that you’re serious. Blow something up.”

This is one of the main messages in the movie, that women are powerful and can do anything they set their mind too. Unfortunately in today’s world, you have to prove yourself to people in order to be seen as successful and even if you try to, you still may not be seen as that. In the age of #MeToo, women are now finally standing up for themselves and being treated as equals. This movie really demonstrates that and is another reason why I love this movie so much. I’m a man, but I do believe everyone deserves to be equally and fairly treated.

Another quote also stands out to me. “Do you know what a harlequin is?” Harley begins to ask. “A harlequin’s role is the serve. It’s nothing without a master. No one… [cares] who we are, beyond that.”

Throughout history, many men have only seen women as an object and treated them like one. The dialogue refers to a harlequin as an “it” rather than a she, once again, showing that women have and are getting treated only like objects.

I very highly recommend this movie to audiences all over the world. A lot of people have boycotted it for multiple reasons, but once you watch the film I feel like you’d really enjoy it. It is a powerful movie that expresses problems in the world but without overdoing it.

And for those who love action, this movie is full of it. It’s also filled with comedy, but it also has dark elements to it. It is rated R and for good reason. It could also work as PG-13, too if there wasn’t as much strong language and violence in the film. It is a fun film, and you can now buy it anywhere online if you feel interested in watching. I promise you, you won’t regret it.