A Big Shotgun Blast of Confetti to the Face
Birds of Prey keeps moving, like a hungry shark looking for its next breakfast sandwich. It is in perpetual motion during most of its execution, and when you slap 4DX in addition, it becomes more and more difficult to keep your nachos. And your beer will be shaken flat twenty minutes after the chaos. But that's what it's all about when you sign up for this 4DX ticket.
This is carnival entertainment at its best, exactly what 4DX was created for. There is not much history to be found in Birds of Prey and that is quite correct. In terms of 4DX, this is the best type of film that fits this fully immersive format. This is another type of dash and stroke from John Wick where your seat will beat you, stab you, shoot you and hit you constantly. There was a moment towards the end that literally threw almost half of the audience on the floor of the theater. It was also brutal and intense. A reverse triple jump from a moment that I have only seen equaled that Idris Elba being thrown in a bus halfway between Hobbs and Shaw.
You will definitely get what you pay for. And if you're not afraid of getting wet, leave this water button alone, as Margot Robbie has a deceived fight scene in a prison cell that drops you in the middle of the city in splashes, with more spray on my face than me. I witnessed again inside a 4DX location.
Removed from the novelty of this hydraulic chair, Birds of Prey is always a fun evening at the movies. This is the true definition of a popcorn movie. It is colorful, fast, noisy and has a striking soundtrack that includes Doja Cat. What more could you expect from a superhero thrillride? This does not require you to think too much. And finally, someone has found the perfect way to adapt the popular family book Everybody Poops. I dare say that this is one of the best adaptations of the page to the screen to come in a while, because that, summed up in its essence, is the story of a little girl who really needs to evacuate her womb. Either way, director Cathy Yan has found a reason to turn this idea into an epic of action.
Harley Quinn is back with what appears to be the entire city of Gotham after breaking up with MJ Black Mask wants her erased. But she has the chance to redeem herself in the belly of the criminal by recovering a diamond swallowed by the young Cassandra Cain. As Harley tries to find the diamond, chaos ensues. And there are a lot of great action and combat scenes that are only enhanced by the ferocity of the 4DX experience.
John Wick's first comparison makes sense, as director of Keanu Reeves' action masterpiece, Chad Stahelski, came midway through the production to give this thing a little extra kick. He choreographed some of the pedestrians who fly at a breakneck pace. And if you are in the Jardani Jovonovich saga, you will certainly want to buy this ticket.
There were a lot of online talks around the themes of the film. It is an exclusively female superhero film. Some believe it drives an awake program. May be. But the difference here is that it was done well and that the entire running time of the hour and forty-nine minutes never deflates or is nothing less than entertaining. Birds of prey which is now called Harley Quinn: Birds of prey as we head towards its second week end, definitely hates all of his male characters. Men are bad. All. Even the guy who runs the restaurant under Harley's apartment. Which she considers a father figure. The guy totally denounces her for money.
The cook who prepares the coveted sandwich at Harley's bodega is, perhaps, the only man in the whole film who isn't a complete asshole. But who am I to assume his sex? It could be an attack helicopter for everything I know. Bruce, Hyena's male roommate in Harley, almost makes the cut like a decent decent dick. But the animal is not allowed to have its big moment to shine at the end of the carnival decor that brings it all home.
Birds of Prey owes nothing much to Joel Schumacher as some have pointed out. But not necessarily his Batman movies. Birds of Prey oscillates with the same kinetic energy as his classic vampire comedy The Lost Boys and the end here continues with the same type of gravitas. And anyone who has watched the exploits of Sam, Mike and Frog Brothers over and over again will see this referenced in this climactic carnival fight. So Bruce is supposed to step in and save the day, pushing the bad guy to his death, right? I know I expected the hyena to shoot a Nanook and hit Black Mask in the ocean. But Cathy Yan doesn't want to give us this moment.
She does it a little throughout the film. Offer teasing and Easter eggs to pieces of pop culture dominated by men. But don't follow the obvious path to give us the moments we expect. It feels like trolling on the high seas when you see Harley on the hood of a car. There is the hood ornament. And we expect her to shoot an Indiana Jones. But no. Like Nanook, Yan gives and takes, creating his own niche scenes. And that's fine. The new is good.
Yan also has the impression of trolling these old white guys who are sitting across the credits for a post-credit dart. She gives us a kind of it here. But it is a giant tease and a kind of ham slam. She definitely makes fun of the tropes. And only the guys on the Internet who hate Rose Tico and Rian Johnson will likely be seriously upset. There is nothing to wet your panties. Yan has a great sense of timing and humor, and this presents itself as a unique episode in what was once the DCEU (but is now only the extended DC universe, I suppose? As it doesn't even connect with Suicide Squad or The Suicide Squad and Joaquin Phoenix is definitely not the Joker Harley Quinn spends the first parts of the movie pinning).
The DC universe is all over the map at this point, and Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey appears like a bright red mud that has been spread on the floor of the theater. A true cult film in every sense of the word. Be aware that if you spend a little more to see it in 4DX, it's definitely worth it. And, so you know, if you take a Slurpee with you, chances are that half of it will definitely end up on the ground. Have a nice trip. You can find your nearest 4DX theaters at regal.com. Birds of Prey will later play 4DX screenings this weekend, the first performances belonging to Sonic the Hedgehog .
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