- Apr 4, 2020
I'm not sure whether I think it is Robbie's acting or the fact that Quinn as a character simply works better as comical relief support. In Suicide Squad she worked well because she was the light hearted moments and the heart of the squad, allowing Smith et al to be deadly super serious. But making a whole movie about a character that's constantly plucky comical relief quickly reveals how one note the character is. Had Birds of Prey focused on Montoya or Huntress as the lead with Quinn as the major side character I think it would have gone over much better, because then Robbie's quirky Quinn wouldn't have overstayed her welcome and both Montoya and Huntress have better dramatic arcs then Quinn.
Ok, those are both good points. I still think her acting was noticeably worse in the second, which didn't help, but that might not have been the bigger issue, yeah.The major problem with Harley Quinn is that she’s a fucking villain that for some reason the Hot Topic crowd fell in love with and editors at DC decided she needed a heel face turn to an anti-hero. The major problem with the movie is that the Birds of Prey - Helena Bertaneli in particular - shouldn’t want to piss on Harley Quinn even if she was on fire. They wanted to make Gotham City Sirens and chickened out.