“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.” – IMDB
Here’s the truth, this movie was probably always going to get at least five “Claire Bears” because Margot Robbie is a) one of the greatest actors of our generation and b) an angel sent from heaven. Aside from that, this movie was like cotton candy (pretty appropriately, considering a third of the movie takes place in an amusement park). It was fun to look at, indulgent, and pretty forgettable after you finish it. Let me clarify…
Now, I haven’t actually seen Suicide Squad and I don’t regret that decision. In fact, I think it made this one more fun to watch because I didn’t have to compare Harley Quinn to the last movie. All I knew going into this movie is that it starts immediately after Harley’s break up with the Joker, leaving her vulnerable to his and her past and present enemies.
From there, the recipe for this movie is: a dash of hilarious quips + a sprinkling of 90s-style girl power + a ten ton bag of bright colorful action sequences. I very much appreciate the movie’s focus on female characters, especially a young apprentice to Harley Quinn who often acts as her voice of reason. The movie also acknowledges different types of sexism and doesn’t shy away from violence inflicted on women and children; however, it definitely handles it a passing way. The movie is centered around the action scenes and the storyline is more in service of getting to that scenes, than character development or anything else.
And that is totally fine! That’s why I say, it’s a fun watch! It’s colorful, action-packed, and funny enough to keep you engaged for the better part of two hours. Will I remember this movie often past writing this review? Probably not. But it was a fun ride while it lasted.
Rating: 5 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also see: Suicide Squad, Joker
With: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor
Directed By: Cathy Yan