Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) ★★½

"At least it's better than 'Suicide Squad'," is probably not the low bar Warner Brothers was hoping "Birds of Prey" would barely clear. Then again, it's not the final product audiences deserve either.

Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is definitely the most entertaining character in Warner's DCEU rogue's gallery, and the only one worth spending 110 minutes watching in her own on-screen vehicle. Unfortunately, it's a pretty by-the-book kind of modern comic book-inspired action film that can't seem to figure out how to flesh out any supporting characters or produce much of anything that memorable. Indeed, other than a truly fantabulous chase sequence involving a delicious-looking breakfast sandwich, nothing about this film truly stands out beyond Robbie's devilishly-fun personality and Ewan McGregor's God-awful scene-chewing.

I certainly wouldn't write Harley off just yet as a potential lead character in an action franchise (again, Robbie's showmanship in this movie universe is becoming unparalleled). But she needs more interesting supporting players and more worthy bad guys (well, badder guys than her).