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

Margot Robbie is transcendent in BIRDS OF PREY. She made SUICIDE SQUAD watchable, but she’s simply glorious here. Director Cathy Yan and costars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina, and Ewan McGregor all rise to her level, making for one of the funnest comic book actioners to come out in some time. It’s nearly equal to SHAZAM! for the DCEU (the amazing third act turn in SHAZAM! might give it the edge) and it’s refreshing to see something on a smaller scale that has personal stakes rather than global. If DC wants to use Harley Quinn as the springboard to introduce the rest of the DC universe, I’m all for it.