It’s the goofy, glittery, fabulous side of the DCEU, as the one bright spot of the otherwise dismal Suicide Squad — Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn — gets the spotlight and a much better team around her. The great superhero movie rewatch enjoys the hell out of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
The performances are amazing, too. We already knew Robbie was awesome as Quinn from Suicide Squad, and she turns that up to eleven in her starring gig. Rosie Perez was born to play Montoya, Jumee Smollett-Bell gives Lance a quiet, tired anger that particularly comes out in her singing at Sionis’s club, and—for all that this is, annoyingly, not at all the Cain of the comics, who is a fantastic character that is pretty much the opposite of a wisecracking pickpocket—Ella Jay Basco is tremendous fun as the wisecracking pickpocket.
The standout, though, is Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who brilliantly plays the hugely damaged Bertinelli. She’s sometimes subtle—her affect is just a little bit off throughout, and she very obviously struggles at the end with the idea of being friendly and having fun—and sometimes not so much (her response to Quinn saying she has rage issues is to shout, “I don’t have rage issues!” at the top of her lungs).