Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey – Fun Time With Friends

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I usually don’t do movie reviews on here, but I really wanted to talk about the fun day I had with this movie! I just decided to see it on a Saturday afternoon and it turned into a Galentine’s Day with old and new friends!

Plot

The general plot is that Harley Quinn and the Joker break up and she struggles to find her identity. After struggling to get over her breakup privately, Harley Quinn decided to publicly announce to the world via an explosion that she is no longer the Joker’s girlfriend.

The problem with doing that is now everyone who has had a grudge on Harley in the past decides that it’s time to come after her and kill her since she’s no longer under the Joker’s protection.

After being kidnapped by the Black Mask, she manages to get her freedom by promising to find a famous diamond that would unlock an old mafia family’s bank vault. The problem is it’s with a pickpocket kid named Cassandra Cain. So Harley must decided to either sell the kid out or protect the kid from danger.

Humor

This movie is full of funny moments so here’s a list of my favorites.

  • Any time a villain appears on screen to come after Harley and she would list the reasons why they hated her such as putting a permanent tattoo of a clown on someone’s head.
  • The dramatic moment with Harley and her egg sandwich which a friend of mine made afterwards and said it definitely was worth the dramatic moment.
  • Any time the Huntress attempted to be dramatic and came across as awkward.

Surprising Moments

The first major surprise was when I walked into the theater. This movie is rated R for a really good reason as the language is extremely strong (a lot of “motherf***er being thrown around) and the film is extremely violent (Black Mask has a really disturbing method of torturing his victims that I could not watch). So why did some parents bring their kids? Those kids definitely learned some colorful language and probably had nightmares about the Black Mask for a while!

As for the film itself, I was surprised by:

  • The Black Canary’s special move since I did not know much about her before the film.
  • How the Birds of Prey came to be since they all started out not liking each other.
  • The larger role of the Huntress in the film.
  • The stunt work that had to be done for Harley Quinn: She does backflips and cartwheels, takes down guys twice her size, there was a stunt involving a motorcycle and a rope. I was really impressed because those stunts looked really hard!
  • The little hair tie moment was a cute little surprise of women helping each other out during fighting.

Thoughts (Spoilers)

Overall I really enjoyed the movie! I thought it was fun seeing Harley Quinn find her way in life. I also liked seeing the other women form their own path. The Canary went from working for Black Mask to kicking ass and forming Birds of Prey with the Huntress. The Huntress was able to defeat everyone who killed her family. Rene got out of the police office where she felt like no one respected her. Cassandra and Harley Quinn formed their own firm with the money from the diamond. I just enjoyed that it was a feel good movie that just made you want to smile and appreciate the friends you have in your life that support you like The Birds of Prey eventually supported Harley.

Friends

What made this movie really special was watching it with friends. I sat down at the theater and saw someone waving me over and it was an old friend from college! She was actually dressed in a Harley Quinn cosplay complete with makeup and the little black heart on her cheek. I met some of her friends and then we hung out together after the movie for a while. So watching a movie about forming bonds while hanging with old friends and making new friends is what made this movie so special to me!

What did you think of this film? Let me know what is one of your favorite memories of going to see a movie!

Underrated Ladies!

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A Geeky Gal included me in a list of women bloggers which you can read here! I highly encourage you to check out the bloggers she included so you can follow some more awesome bloggers!

Rules

  • PingBack to Kate at Melting Pots and Other Calamities and pingback to a post of hers!
  • Answer the questions
  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people
  • Have fun!

Questions

Name a heroine you like but whom you feel is always overshadowed by the male characters in the story

Cindy from Final Fantasy XV. She is so cool and I love how intelligent she was with cars! I wanted to know more about her as a character, but most of the time is centered on Prompto, Noctis, Ignis, and Gladiolus.

For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story

Sweet Pea from the film, Sucker Punch. The attention is mainly put on Babydoll, but Sweet Pea was level headed and tried to keep all of the girls safe. She was also caring and looked after all of the girls especially her sister, Rocket.

Name a character who had potential but was greatly underutilized in her story

Lunafreya from Final Fantasy XV. She barely got any screen time and I wanted to see more of what she could do.  She was also powerful because she was able to heal others, summon the Leviathan, and she also gives Noctis the power to fight the Leviathan! I would have loved to play as her or see what else she could do with her magic!                                               

Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, find better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals you find equal

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I found both portrayals of her to be perfect! She was the first character I could relate to as a child since we both loved reading. I admired her courage in the books and films and loved how Emma Watson portrayed her character!

Name a character who you want more backstory on

Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham City. I wanted to know more about her as a character because she seems so interesting! The story focuses on the Joker so she is mainly just shown with him. She seems intelligent and funny and I would like to know more about her.

Name a character with traits you feel are sadly overlooked by everyone

Senua from Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Senua is so strong. She’s brave for trying to save her significant other. She is also a really strong and capable fighter when you have to fight against her demons. She is also brave for being herself and fighting her illness despite having no support from her community except for her husband.

Name a morally grey character. (Villain or anti hero!)

Poison Ivy from Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Basically she loves plants so much that she wants to take care of them. She also despises people because they are hurting the environment. I love how caring she is for her plants and that she is an intelligent scientist. She’s also a fun character because she is confident and a powerful enemy when she uses her plants.

A character you’re stunned isn’t more famous

Babydoll from the film, Sucker Punch. This film really needs more attention! I love the story of Babydoll trying to escape from an asylum she was put in by her abusive father. Babydoll is cunning and all she wants is freedom after being stuck in abuse. I highly recommend you watch this film if you have not already because it is a really interesting film that makes you really think about what you have watched after you finish it.

A character from a piece of fiction you’re amazed isn’t more famous

Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena. I just started reading the manga before I start the anime. I am putting her on this list because Utena is a really interesting character. She wears suits because she does not like dresses and I am currently at the part where she is fiercely defending another student from an organization. I’ve barely begun the story, but I am interested in learning more about Utena and I wanted everyone who reads my blog to know about her too!

Lady Bloggers to follow

I am including followers I did not see on A Geeky Gals List so refer to hers for even more awesome lady bloggers! Bloggers on this list, feel free to make your own underrated ladies post, but only if you want to!

1brokegamergirl from 1 Broke Gamer Girl

Cilla from Cilla Vs Games

Kris and Rachael from Double Jump

Elle from Elle May 

Luna from Gamers United GG

Ellen from Livid Lightning

Veleda from Our Shield Maiden

Susan from Purrsian Tea

Meagan from Quibbles and Scribbles

Siobhan from Siobhan Aisling

thegamingdiaries from The Gaming Diaries

Jet and Dom from Two Girls Gaming

 

 

 

 

GamersUnitedGG and Women in Games

Happy Monday Novas! Today we will provide another entry into Cupcakes and Machetes Women’s History Month Challenge! In honor of National Women’s History Month, bloggers are providing their own versions of posts dedicated to women in history! You can join in and read other great posts for the month by clicking here! Power up Players […]

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After writing about Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn, I wanted to share an article about other female characters that gamers like. GamersUnitedGG has a list of popular women characters that she wrote for Women’s History Month.  I think it is important to talk about female characters we enjoy because it shows how important it is to have well thought out female characters in video games. Enjoy her article!