The first social media reactions are in, and Birds of Prey is flying high. The female-led superhero movie, in theaters Feb. 7, is garnering praise for its lively, action-packed plot and starry cast, led by Margot Robbie.
The Suicide Squad spin-off, starring Robbie as Harley Quinn, follows the antiheroine as she gathers a killer lady gang to bring down crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), in order to protect a young girl (Ella Jay Basco). The core cast features Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Rosie Perez. Christina Hodson penned the script, and Cathy Yan directed.
“#BirdsofPrey is a blast. Stylish, kooky, and gut-bustingly funny, it sings when it lets it’s cast just go ham, especially the gonzo Margot Robbie,” Slashfilm writer Hoai-Tran Bui said. “Lulls a bit in the middle and is a little on the slight side, but a completely fun watch.”
#BirdsofPrey is a blast. Stylish, kooky, and gut-bustingly funny, it sings when it lets it’s cast just go ham, especially the gonzo Margot Robbie. Lulls a bit in the middle and is a little on the slight side, but a completely fun watch
— Hoai-Tran Bui (@htranbui) January 29, 2020
Comicbook.com’s Brandon Davis wrote, “#BirdsOfPrey is a lot of fun and violent as hell. The Birds are so entertaining and distinctly different from each other. Ewan McGregor is so sinister and often hilarious.”
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) January 29, 2020
Several early viewers also pointed out the particular female rage conveyed through the movie, as the women confront not just a bad guy, but a society that undervalues them.
“#BirdsOfPrey is gleefully angry. Harley, Huntress, Canary, Renee, Cass – they’re FURIOUS (for good reason), and express that fury in vastly diff ways,” producer and editor Mallory Yu tweeted. “It understood (and validated) that very specific kind of female anger from years of being subjected to the patriarchy.”
#BirdsOfPrey is gleefully angry. Harley, Huntress, Canary, Renee, Cass - they're FURIOUS (for good reason), and express that fury in vastly diff ways.
It understood (and validated) that very specific kind of female anger from years of being subjected to the patriarchy.
— Mallory Yu (@mallory_yu) January 29, 2020
Pop culture writer Yolanda Machado celebrated the ensemble cast, as well as the work done by the women behind the camera, saying “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.”
She added, “If the DCEU doesn’t hand everything over to women now, they are clearly out of their minds.”
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
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) January 29, 2020
Read on for more early reactions:
#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
Really enjoyed #BirdsofPrey! The action reminded me a lot of John Wick. The chemistry amongst the cast was great and I would love to see more #BlackCanary & #Huntress in the future. pic.twitter.com/9ySVvh1yyz
— Dorian Parks (@DorianParksnRec) January 29, 2020
One cannot describe how fun #BirdsofPrey is! From the fight scenes to the humour, there's so much to love about the film. Huntress, Black Canary, Cassandra Cain and Renée Montoya are badass!! pic.twitter.com/Z7PlbJf78v
— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) January 29, 2020
#BirdsofPrey is KILLER. A slow start and awkward plotting doesn’t stop the movie, and these characters, from soaring in the end. Wildly violent, F bombs out the wazoo, and the best bat fight scene since The Raid 2. If Margot Robbie could control this part of the DCEU, she should. pic.twitter.com/bewnj8npaJ
— Eric Francisco (@EricFrancisco24) January 29, 2020
#BirdsofPrey will absolutely satisfy the #DC fans! #MargotRobbie expertly gives depth & humanity (amidst her maniacal glee) to the lovable yet deadly #HarleyQuinn . The story gets a bit clumsy but this is a bad ass ladies kicking butt and bonding film. It’s a home run hit there! pic.twitter.com/M3e8NN9WIq
— John Rocha (@TheRochaSays) January 29, 2020
Saw #BirdsofPrey this morning! I liked it a lot. The stuff I loved: the action, the tone and just how creative the direction is. Margot Robbie completely sells the incredibly choreographed fight sequences and their gleeful brutality, this whole scene in particular ⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/UBb0FPAa14
— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) January 29, 2020
So #BirdsofPrey was an absolute blast. Harley feels exactly like the human Looney Toon she ought to be, Black Mask is a scene stealer; Dinah, Helena, Cass, and Renee all rule. This was everything I want from DC movies and then some.
— Meg Downey (@rustypolished) January 29, 2020
#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
#BirdsofPrey is like if John Wick were run through a crazy funhouse filter and stuffed full of glitter and f-bombs. It's everything you could ever want from #HarleyQuinn and her badass girl gang. Into this movie completely. 🤘🏻 pic.twitter.com/Y2DZgPYN2Y
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) January 29, 2020
Cathy Yan’s #BIRDSOFPREY is a criminally fun celebration of sisterhood, with some of my favourite fight scenes in recent memory. I was grinning from ear to ear the entire thing; making a pub debut with my review soon! pic.twitter.com/QBEgyf6oan
— Millicent Thomas (@MillicentOnFilm) January 29, 2020