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'Birds Of Prey' Earns Its Big Female Hero Team-Up Moment, Unlike 'Endgame'

No virtue signalling to be found here.

SPOILERS AHEAD for Birds Of Prey, you’ve been warned!

There’s that moment during the final battle in Endgame where all the female superheroes all team up together to fight against Thanos’ army. This scene – colloquially known as the “she’s got help” moment – might’ve looked great on paper but the result was contrived, out-of-place, and ultimately unearned.

Margot Robbie and the filmmakers behind Birds Of Prey must’ve taking notes on that scene because Harley Quinn’s big team up moment with her fellow ragtag group of female heroes is, in contrast to Endgame, perfectly done.

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Margot Robbie and the predominantly female filmmaking team took their time in making Birds Of Prey to be a bold superhero film that focuses on Harley Quinn and her fellow female heroes rather than some usual chiseled-jawed white dude. That alone suggests to some viewers that the movie carries some feminist agenda, which is far from the actual case.

Rather than explicitly lean into a feminist agenda and risk becoming an annoying, virtue signalling movie, Birds Of Prey simply lets things unfold as organically as possible and places its focus on the characters first. If people think there are feminist undertones then so be it, but it’s not the movie’s main intention.

Unlike Endgame, which haphazardly threw together all of the MCU’s female heroes in a manner that desperately screams “we’re totally woke,” Birds Of Prey gives each female hero their time in the spotlight and built up to the big team-up moment.

Cheers to that!

Harley Quinn, Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain all had their own stories, motivations and agendas throughout Birds Of Prey, which results in various combinations of these characters coming face-to-face over the course of the movie.

By the time all five of them reluctantly team up together at the climax of the film, we understand why it happens, how they all know each other, and how those knuckleheads all got to that point. There ultimately aren’t too many moments where we see the quintet operate as a cohesive “Birds Of Prey” unit, but the time we do get with them is special because it was well earned.

The narrative flow in Birds Of Prey doesn’t quite work in some places and is a bit clumsy in others, but the journey towards the big team-up is conveyed well enough for it to work, which is far more than can be said about Endgame.

What this also means is that all the groundwork has been laid for future Birds Of Prey team-ups – which you know there will be given the positive reception the film has received – and there’s a genuine sense of excitement in seeing Harley Quinn, Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain fighting together again at some point.

It’s clear that DC has found a way to distinguish itself from Marvel’s cinematic offering and that’s helped push the quality benchmark even higher. Maybe it’s time for Marvel to borrow Margot Robbie’s producer notes because Birds Of Prey shows that it is possible to make a movie without any virtue signalling while also managing to bring a group of misfits together without the need for five movies of build-up first.

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Kirk Douglas Dies Aged 103, But His Iconic Roles Will Live Forever

“To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years."

In some sad news to movie fans everywhere, Kirk Douglas, one of the biggest stars from Hollywood’s 1910-1960 Golden Age has died at the age of 103.

His son Michael Douglas issued out a statement (via PEOPLE) confirming the news and paying tribute to his late father:

“To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.

“But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”

While some people may not know Kirk Douglas these days or get him confused with his son Michael, he is someone who represented a time in Hollywood that’s well and truly gone by. While he may be gone from this world, his influence will never be forgotten and it continues to reverberate even to this day.

Having been a serious dramatic actor back in the 50s, Kirk Douglas quickly established himself as a Hollywood leading man. If Marlon Brando represented gorgeous and James Dean represented cool, Kirk was the epitome of intense.

Kirk scored a number of Oscar nominations for his great performances over the course of his career, but his greatest legacy will forever be his role in Stanley Kubrick’s sword-and-sandal epic, Spartacus.

Spartacus may have been released some 50 years ago, but it’s held a permanent place in pop-culture history with its iconic “I am Spartacus” scene. It’s bitterly ironic that Kirk Douglas left us on the same day the Republicans in America refuse to stand up for freedom, something both Kirk and Spartacus fought for in their own ways.

Even though Kirk is now gone, pop-culture will continue to honour him in various ways for his work, especially Spartacus. When a show like Sex Education is able to slip in a lovely reference to the film during a powerful scene where all the main female characters stand up in defence of one of their own, that’s a testament to someone’s legacy.

Rest in peace, Kirk Douglas. You will be missed.

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BoJack Horseman And The Good Place Gives Us The Endings We Need RN

The bar has been risen dramatically for future TV comedies.

SPOILERS AHEAD for BoJack Horseman and The Good Place (obviously), you’ve been warned!

Despite seemingly having very little in common on the surface (other than being utterly brilliant), Bojack Horseman and The Good Place both revolve around the same central premise: trying to be a “good” person in the face of adversity and your own demons.

While each show approached the topic in contrasting yet bold ways, it seems fitting that not only did BoJack Horseman and The Good Place end on the same day, both shows ended on a similar message of hope.

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Season six of BoJack Horseman saw the walls cave in on our protagonist as his years of problematic behaviour catch up to him. After seemingly setting BoJack up for a peaceful conclusion (albeit on shaky foundations) in the first half of the season, the writers pull the rug out from under his feet in gutwrenching fashion as he is finally held accountable for his actions.

All his friends have left him, he has no support system to rely on and his sister – the only thing keeping him from relapsing – has cut all ties. After unflinchingly exploring BoJack Horseman’s depression and awful behaviour over the course of six seasons, all while never letting him off the hook, it was tough to see how he was going to come out of it alive.

It seemed like death awaited BoJack as we see him in his version of the “afterlife” and staring at the literal door to death in the penultimate episode. But just before death takes him, he survives and is sent to jail instead. While it may seem appropriate for BoJack to die given what he’s done (not condoning death whatsoever here), BoJack Horseman instead ends on a surprising message of hope.

While serving time in jail, BoJack is allowed to attend Princess Carolyn’s wedding. There, he manages to make peace and attain closure with his loved ones while learning that being a decent person is hard but that’s more of a reason to keep living than just giving in to death.

BoJack tells his closest friend Diane that “Life’s a bitch and then you die,” to which she disagrees. “Sometimes,” she says, in what may be the last thing she’ll ever say to BoJack, “life’s a bitch and then you keep on living.”

Much like BoJack Horseman, The Good Place ends with a deep exploration into what it’s like to live in eternal happiness in the afterlife. But rather than have the spectre of death looming over its shoulder like BoJack Horseman, The Good Place goes in the opposite direction by taking a look at the banality of living in heaven forever.

As it turns out, living in the Good Place isn’t as great as it sounds because eternity is a long time. In exploring what’s next for someone after living in heaven, the answer is a door, but not like the one BoJack faced in his near-death experience. This door doesn’t lead to a Good Good Place or anything. Rather, those who walk through it will have their life ended gracefully and peacefully, and it is completely up to the person when they want to go.

No one knows what it’s like after we die so The Good Place doesn’t try to answer that complicated question. Instead, the show ultimately lands on a similar conclusion to BoJack Horseman: being good is tough but we only get one life so we might as well live it to the best of our ability.

Given the demoralised state of the world due to what seems to be an endless cycle of cynicism and conflict, BoJack Horseman and The Good Place gave us a much-needed injection of optimism. Of all the times that we all need to be told to stay strong and be good to one another, it’s definitely now and those two shows couldn’t have ended at a more perfect time.

Take it sleazy, BoJack Horseman and The Good Place. We may or may not have become better people after all these years of watching, but we learned some big lessons, shed some tears and laughed a lot along the way.

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