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

Director: Cathy Yan
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 1.5

Ms. Harley (Margot Robbie), fresh off a break-up with "Mr. J.," finds herself in a plot to recover a special diamond (originally owned by a mob family) that has bank account numbers etched into it - one of the individuals after the gem, Roman Sionis/Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), likes to peel people's faces off (it's just his thing).  The storytelling could have been a smidge more streamlined - they do that "rewind" trick again (sigh) - but that might be to try to conceal how fundamentally empty it is; another thing they do is play around with the camera angles and on-screen graphics and such to emphasize the "girls just wanna have fun" factor that's its sole characteristic.  The rest is pretty blatant man-hating - we're all robbers and rapists, sure thing ladies - with not a single "good guy" in the movie (even the Chinese restaurant owner is a traitor) ... which plays to its intended audience of repulsive people who spend their free time on Twitter pretending to be offended by everything.  As for Quinn's line "nothing gets a guy's attention like violence" ... did Amber Heard and Emma Roberts have a hand in the screenplay?