Harley Quinn redux, with charm

Anti-villain Harley Quinn proves she’s the one everyone should be afraid of in “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn);” not Black Mask, not the Joker — her.

Margot Robbie returns from DC’s 2016 “Suicide Squad” as the notorious Harley Quinn. Besides acting, she also produced and required a female director for this film.

Joining her in her somewhat stand-alone feature are Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco and Ewan McGregor.

The movie starts off with Harley attempting to get over being dumped by the Joker. After getting her own place, she refuses to tell others around her they are no longer together in fear that she wouldn’t have automatic protection from being associated with the Joker.

When Harley blows up his hideout, as one does to get over a heartbreak, Black Mask (McGregor) and plenty of others search for her to end her.

After being caught by his goons, Harley offers to help him find a diamond he’s looking for to spare her life. The thing is, Cassandra Cain (Basco) has swallowed it to keep it for herself.

The female-driven movie brings out comic book characters Huntress (Winstead), Black Canary (Smollett-Bell) and detective Renee Montoya (Perez). All three of them join Harley to fight against Black Mask and protect young Cassandra.

With bloody deaths and badass fight scenes, the women show they are not to be messed with. Rumor has it this film is the first of a “Birds of Prey” trilogy. One can only hope they introduce Catwoman and Poison Ivy in the next film.

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