Birds of Prey
The Dove Take:
Birds of Prey is a colorful, manic, and self-aware film told through the eyes of a crazy person. Birds of Prey is not meant to teach a lesson and ignores the positive that it could have included. The downsides of the film are the drugs, language, and violence.
After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
Birds of Prey is a fast-paced, action-packed team up that turns the superhero standards upside down. These, mostly, antiheroes are messy, violent, and often delighted by the chaos. The film itself is very self-aware and at one point acknowledges the impossibility of events, which highlights the Narrator’s or Harley’s unreliability. Despite the dark narratives and back stories, the film feels upbeat and colorful. Lastly, Harleys twisted cognition permeates and drives the film, as evident by the nonlinear plot structure and the irreverence toward death. Birds of Prey is also able to touch on female anger and sexism without turning into a cliché on girl power.
Birds of Prey doesn’t attempt to teach a lesson or comment on social issues but is the aftermath of an abusive relationship told through the colorful eyes of a crazy person. Its no wonder the film doesn’t touch on faith, integrity, or redemption but leans into the chaos. Birds of Prey is action-packed and visually stunning. Its downsides are the drug use, language and violence. It is for these reasons that Birds of Prey cannot be Dove Approved.