Birds of Prey is here and the reviews are coming in.
Being a Superhero or Supervillain movie is hard work. Critics dissect every little part and if there isn't perfection then it is trashed. So the new DC film "Birds Of Prey" is under a hard microscope.
The reviews are in and surprisingly, the reviews are quite positive with most of the critics raving about how good it is, comparing it even to Deadpool. Some are even saying that it's the best film in the DCEU.
Just saw #BirdsofPrey and am happy to report that it's my favorite modern DC movie yet. Like Shazam, it carves its own path with totally unique aesthetic, action, and tone. Margot, Ewan and all the rest are 100% fantabulous. Why aren't there more roller skate action scenes?? pic.twitter.com/BDipKiB0qU— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) January 29, 2020
Obviously not all the reviews are rave reviews with some showing mixed feelings but the consensus is clear.
The critics are speaking highly of the cast with Courtney Howard of Fresh Fiction tweeting:
#BirdsofPrey is an absolute blast & undeniably fun live wire jolt of adrenaline. Delightfully devilish & deliriously wicked,this irreverent, rule-breaking riot delivers a contact high. Cathy Yan is a genius. Robbie, Smollett, Winstead, Perez & Basco are perfection. @birdsofpreywb pic.twitter.com/D72F2D1apY— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) January 29, 2020
But which of the women killed it the most? Well, you would think Margot Robbie but according to Angie Han of Mashable Elizabeth Winstead's Huntress "is the not-so-secret MVP."
#BirdsOfPrey: winning characters, above-average action, and a killer soundtrack hampered by uneven tone and pacing. The girls at their best together, and they're not together enough. Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Huntress is the not-so-secret MVP. 💕— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) January 29, 2020
But Kristen Lopez of Fansided begs to differ, tweeting that Jurnee Smollett-Bell stole the show:
Absolutely BLOWN AWAY by #BirdsofPrey! Cathy Yan and DP Matthew Libatique create a visually distinct and luscious film that's badass, funny and provocative. @jurneesmollett steals the show! Full review on @FanSided_ENT soon! pic.twitter.com/1JkUY7xtr3— Kristen Lopez (@Journeys_Film) January 29, 2020
Yolanda Machado of The Wrap took a different approach, praising every woman in the cast and their performance.
Had an absolute blast w #BirdsofPrey. Its truly an ensemble with every woman bringing it (Rosie & Jurnee are my faves tho). Christina Hodson's script was lively, funny, & everything I've been waiting for in the DCEU. Dir Cathy Yan created a Gotham that I can't wait to revisit. pic.twitter.com/qeXu5S6Yxe— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) January 29, 2020
But, the women weren't the only ones who crushed their roles. According to critics, the villainous Black played by Mask Ewan McGregor could be the best villain in the DCEU. Griffin Schiller of The Playlist praised McGregor tweeting:
#BirdsofPrey is one word: FUN! A frenetic hyper stylized Harley Quinn comic book come to life (it’s her movie). It’s DC’s Deadpool w/ a dash of Tarantino. COULD NOT get enough of McGregor’s Black Mask; hysterical, eccentric, & deliciously pathetic. A rockin’ kick ass good time! pic.twitter.com/QZ4t95sa7M— Griffin Schiller (@griffschiller) January 29, 2020
Veteran film critic Katie Walsh chimed in calling McGregor the best supporting actor:
#BirdsofPrey is a totally campy and brutal carnival ride; a colorful, chaotic and cheeky blast. FYC: Ewan MacGregor, Best Supporting Actor.— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) January 29, 2020
Every good superhero or supervillain film must do their fight scenes right. What do the critics think of the fighting?
IGN's Rosie Knight thinks Birds Of Prey did a great job
Damn #BirdsofPrey delivers! It's a glittery hard action comedy that has the best choreographed fight sequences I've seen in a superhero movie. It also features my fave comic book film needle drop ever. ✨💎✨ pic.twitter.com/s5UcYDbCNv— Rosie Rumpleteaser Knight (@RosieMarx) January 29, 2020
Rosie's colleague Laura Prudom shared the same sentiment tweeting:
#BirdsofPrey is a riot - oozing with attitude and some of the most inventive, bone-crunching fight sequences in the superhero genre to date. I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but has style to spare.— Laura Prudom (@LauInLA) January 29, 2020
CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell chimed in, tweeting:
It is worth seeing #BirdsofPrey for the kick ass action and the Funhouse Fight Scene, alone. But it also has the most delicious food moments. I NEED A BACON EGG AND CHEESE SANDWICH, HARLEY!! pic.twitter.com/gVtqctbApY— Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) January 29, 2020
IGN's Terri Schwartz added that he loved the fact that there was so much action in the film tweeting:
I’m pretty sure if you took the total amount of action sequences versus total screen time, this would be one of the highest percentages of action in the modern comic book movie era? Someone do the math for me later plz.— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) January 29, 2020
Okay, not many critics spoke ill of the film but we tried to find some. Germain Lussier of io9 tweeted:
Birds of Prey is solid. The unpredictable structure keeps the first half moving and the action boosts the rest. Robbie is excellent, as is McGregor. It’s tamer than expected and the basic story can get lost in the complex setups but it works more often than not. #BirdsofPrey pic.twitter.com/H6TxjiudjI— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) January 29, 2020
There was also a bit of negativity in CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg's review. He tweeted:
#BirdsOfPrey isn't a Birds of Prey movie so much as it's a Harley Quinn movie feat. BOP – and that creates issues story-wise & in fleshing out characters – but it's a hell of a lot of fun. It's at its best when going full Harley-vision, & Margot Robbie is clearly having a blast. pic.twitter.com/hyF7CpFCmk— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) January 29, 2020
Mashable's Alison Foreman tweeted about the film's pacing:
The pacing isn't always fantastic (and at 1hr 40min some of it still dragged), but it's worth a watch -- if only for the hyena, blonde Chris Messina, Ewan McGregor saying "ew," and Mary Elizabeth Winstead just nailing it.— Alison Foreman (@alfaforeman) January 29, 2020
I think Discussing Film's Ben Rolph summed it up perfectly with this tweet:
#BirdsofPrey is a stylishly fantastic ride. Margot Robbie is on top-form, Harley has never been quirkier and more lovable. Well-made, shot with beautiful colour and overall, a sleek piece of grand entertainment. Also, McGregor is THE BEST. We need more Birds of Prey, it’s great. pic.twitter.com/hFqJc1KYVt— little ben (@TheDCTVshow) January 29, 2020
It's rare to see a DC film get so many positive reviews so it must be good!