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First Birds of Prey reactions are in and now we can't wait for the movie

The DC Universe spin-off has got critics talking - for all the right reasons.

First Birds of Prey reactions are in and now we can't wait for the movie
Danielle de Wolfe
30 January 2020

The Twitter embargo has officially lifted on the forthcoming DC comics spin-off Birds of Prey, with initial 140 character feedback coming across as overwhelmingly positive.

The film puts Margot Robbie’s weapon wielding Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn well and truly in the spotlight, alongside a cast consisting of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor.


And while the first full length reviews are being held back until 5 February, we’re already getting a glimpse into the minds of the critics.


Directed by Cathy Yan, initial feedback on the eighth film in the DC Extended Universe likens it to the dark, R-rated Deadpool - primarily down to its over-the-top antics and characterisation.


The Independent's film critic, Clarisse Loughrey described Birds of Prey as “so up my street it’s RIDICULOUS – fashionable, weirdo ladies breaking men’s shins & aggressively complimenting each other!! Yes please and thank you!!!”


And Loughrey is not alone in her praise.


Atom Tickets' critic Alisha Grauso best described the film as, 'if John Wick were run through a crazy funhouse filter and stuffed full of glitter and f-bombs' adding, 'I'm into this movie completely.'



IGN critic Laura Prudom also went on declare the film “a riot - oozing with attitude and some of the most inventive, bone-crunching fight sequences in the superhero genre to date.”


So it seems the film’s bone snapping action has definitely caught people’s attention.


Millicent Thomas, editor of Screenqueenz, had similar thoughts, declaring the film “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.”



However, Mashable critic Angie J. Han had a more subdued reaction, noting that Birds of Prey included “winning characters, above-average action, and a killer soundtrack hampered by uneven tone and pacing.”


As far as reviews go, it’s not exactly scathing. And if the initial thoughts are anything to go by, Harley Quinn looks to be on winning form.


Needless to say, we’re rubbing our hands with anticipation ahead of the film hitting screens nationwide on 7 February.