Earlier this evening the review embargo finally lifted on Warner Bros. Birds of Prey. The Cathy Yan directed picture currently holds an 89% fresh rating on aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes with a consensus which reads:
With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Our own Neil Vagg said “Birds of Prey is quite simply fantabulous. It’s bright, brash, colourful and everything fans could want from Harley Quinn. It sets up the titular team brilliantly for future big screen outings and I can’t wait to see where they go next.”
But here’s what other top critics had to say about the latest DC Comics adaption:
Daily Telegraph (UK)
This whole film is a femme-fatale meet-and-greet which detoxifies the recent spree of male-dominated skulkings around Gotham City. It has gangster’s moll energy where the molls take over. [3/5]
It’s all as tasty, chewy and disposable as bubble gum.
Cathy Yan lets her heroine’s mania guide her through a story that’s scrappy, weird and ultimately fun as hell. [4/5]
The latest DC superhero movie isn’t quite a solo jam for Harley, nor has she gone straight, but it is an entertaining lark that introduces a few good women – and four-letter curse words – into the canon of Superman and Batman. [3/4]
The Hollywood Reporter
But those hoping for a Deadpool-like fusion of mayhem and wit should lower their expectations: Harley may be known for her unpredictability, but Birds plays by action-movie rules.
Cathy Yan keeps it all hurtling along with impeccable ferocity. Her action scenes have a deftly detonating visual spaciousness, capped by crowd-pleasing moments…
In a world gone mad, the catharsis of Prey’s twisted sisterhood doesn’t just read as pandemonium for its own sake; it’s actually pretty damn sweet. [B+]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoI3Fjg09VY&feature=youtu.be
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. The movie will be directed by Cathy Yan and arrives in cinemas on February 7, 2020.