The first reviews for Cathy Yan’s DC Comics film adaptation “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” are in and the word is very good.
With 45 reviews counted, the film sits at 91% (7.16/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, and common terms for the film include loud, brash, diverting, crazy, fun and relentless. Here’s a sampling of quotes from various reviewers:
“This film is a blitz of bad taste, a cornucopia of crass, and it is weirdly diverting – more than you might expect, given the frosty way Suicide Squad was received critically – and engagingly crazy.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
“A giddy treat of an R-rated comic-book movie, borrowing elements from inspirations as disparate as 9 to 5, Bugs Bunny and Modesty Blaise to create an adventure that tweaks its genre familiarity with delightful bursts of anarchy and wit.” – Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
“Cathy Yan keeps it all hurtling along with impeccable ferocity. Her action scenes have a deftly detonating visual spaciousness, capped by crowd-pleasing moments…” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“It may not be the promised total emancipation (at least not yet), but it is fantabulous in its own way.” – Kate Erbland, indieWire
“Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn returns for a bonkers comic book outing with Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask that feels like John Wick and Kill Bill meets Looney Tunes” – George Simpson, Daily Express
“It’s relentless, hyperactive, and viciously entertaining. Just like Harley herself.” – Matt Maytum, Total Film
“I was pleasantly surprised just how much I enjoyed the bizarro world of the Birds of Prey, and thrilled at the prospect of it continuing long after this adventure ends.” – Rosie Knight, Nerdist
“A pulpy, kaleidoscopic funhouse ride that feels simultaneously high-stakes and low-stakes all at once, Birds of Prey is as cheeky, irreverent, and erratic as its central character, Harley Quinn.” – Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm
“Cheeky and unapologetically brassy “Birds Of Prey” is super overwrought and sometimes exasperating, but at least there’s never a dull moment.” – Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
“It’s all as tasty, chewy and disposable as bubble gum.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“However popular the film becomes, though, I doubt that anyone will adore it as much as it evidently adores itself.” – Nicholas Barber, BBC
“Birds of Prey” opens in cinemas everywhere this Friday.