Birds of Prey (PG) **** – By Shirl Hollenberg

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Ok. Let’s get one thing straight from the outset – the latest comic book inspired movie from Warner Brothers has been getting lots of press. Said to be R-rated In Some jurisdictions I feel it is more a PG rated movie. It’s a super hero action movie so folks against violence should lighten up. Rather than write out the whole poorly conceived name of the show let’s just call it the newly sanctioned Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey for short. Long on talent this guilty pleasure is making its point at Cineplex Cinemas and Landmark Theatres around B.C.
So just what is the point of Birds of Prey. People Looking for some higher purpose message are missing the mark. Taking off where the Toronto shot Suicide Squad left off the biggest surprise of that campaign, Harley Quinn, sets off on a path of her own. Once upon a time Joker main squeeze Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) Ramps up the camp when she decides to go after the crime czars of Gotham City in her own inimitable way. With a little help from her equally misguided stablemates no male leader in the rackets seems safe.
Over the top and saturated with crazy violence the free spirited nature of these female warriors is contagious. Wild stunts and far out fights with this army of female amazons gives Birds of Prey plenty of firepower. Despite a slow stretch in the middle Robbie pulls off a craze-filled character whose flambouyant dialogue adds to the camp of this extravaganza.
Action fans looking to delve into the dark side will enjoy Harley Quinn whose raunchy attitude and carefree ways hits home. With a largely female cast including Rosie Perez and Mary Elizabeth Winstead alongside an almost unrecognizable Ewan McGregor in an over.  The top self spoofing caricature Birds of Prey is a guilty pleasure that superhero fans looking for a dark side female led vigilante force ought to accept. With open arms.