What a disaster.
Starting with some of the earliest decisions when making a film.
Like hiring a writer (Hodson) whose previous 3 writing credits were rated between 4.8 and 6.7 and who seems to think she knows better than the original writer of the comic, Chuck Dixon who had 10 years of writing credits specifically in the comic scene before working on Birds of Prey, because not only is a redhead (Babs) once again denied an appearance on the screen, but she basically changed everything else about birds of prey too except for characters by the names of Black Canary, Helena Bertinelli and Cassandra Cain being involved, but in the original comics, Cassandra was a mute and illiterate martial arts goddess when she came to gotham, while she's just a regular, literate, speaking, very unathletic, defenseless teenage kid here, and Black Canary never worked any shady jobs in the comics, but worked as a florist. My point being: Only the names are the same, but nothing else. Huntress is pretty intimidating and dark in the comics, but while her backstory stayed true to the original, the way the character is written, cas and acted here, nobody would be intimidated by THIS take on the character, it's a joke, just like Victor Zsasz in this movie.
Like hiring a director who only directed a single project before this that wasn't short form content, and was rated 6.8, by far the highest rating in her small portfolio.
Like hiring Ryan Heffington as the choreographer for an action movie, who had almost exlusively done dancing and music video choreographies before this movie, and not very good ones at that. Memorable, yes, thanks to the music, but not good. I think the last time I saw wooden fighting choreographies like in this movie was in the early 2000s. You can tell that the choreographer was the problem, and that's not just because Margot Robbie has shown she can execute convincing action scenes & choreographies, but even her action scenes look wooden in this film.
Like the casting decisions.
Like René Montoya in this movie is so old that she could be literally any other female cast member's mom without any teen pregnancy being involved in that lineage, when in the comics, she's roughly the same age as the others except for Cassandra, who is younger than the others. Rosie Perez (58) could be (Cassie Actress) Ella Jay Basco's (16) grandma.
Like an african american woman being cast as the originally pale white blonde Black Canary.
Like even the stuntpeople that were cast. In SOME scenes, mostly the big goon fighting scene near the end, they fly through the air half a second and an elbow lenghth before they actually would've been hit and I can't remember if I have ever seen a movie in which the stunt scenes were so visibly mistimed.
Like deciding to stick with the widely and wildly hated, over-the-top visual style and costume design of the 2016 suicide squad movie.
I feel so sorry for Margot Robbie. She is a good actress and she clearly loves this character and is so committed to Harley, and in my opinion she is a legitimate peer to Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong, she has perfectly adopted Harley's distinct way of speaking. And yet, WB/DC keeps giving her the worst writers, producers, directors they can find for three movies in a row now. I feel like no actress deserves it more to finally get a good movie for a character she plays than Margot Robbie. In each of these 3 movies, she did the best job she could, and wants to do the character justice, but pretty much everyone who was involved in these 3 movies in a non-acting capacity massively let her down every single time.
Birds of Prey
Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime
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