‘Birds of Prey’: Why Do Some Men Not Like the Movie?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) premiered on Feb. 7. The film is the primary within the DCEU to obtain an R score. Despite sturdy opinions, it had the bottom opening weekend of any DCEU film thus far. While there are a selection of contributing components, some males are faulting Birds of Prey due to its supposed lack of intercourse attraction.

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Margot Robbie of ‘Birds Of Prey’ | David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

People began posting footage of empty theaters

Birds of Prey introduced in $33.three million domestically and $81.three million globally. Some analysts and publications faulted the film’s R score, the coronavirus outbreak abroad, and the Academy Awards for the film’s low opening weekend.

After Birds of Prey got here out in theaters, some film goers posted footage of empty film theaters claiming nobody was seeing the film. While it’s true that Birds of Prey under-performed in theaters regardless of sturdy opinions, followers of Birds of Prey identified that the tweets look like a focused try to show the film is unsuccessful.

“Honest question: anyone going to into literally any male-led movie and taking pictures of the empty theaters to ‘prove’ that it’s a flop?? Bc I’ve only seen people do it for Captain Marvel & Birds of Prey,” a Twitter consumer wrote.

“the way people celebrate that birds of prey had a low opening is sickening, cathy yan and the cast really put care into this movie and have never once said ‘this movie is only for women, men bad’ anyways i hope the crew knows that many of us loved the movie and want to see more,” one fan tweeted.

Men complained about ‘Birds of Prey’ earlier than it opened

Before the film even opened, males complained about it’s lack of intercourse attraction from the trailers and advertising supplies.

“You know why #BirdsOfPrey is going to bomb just like #CharliesAngels did? They’ve removed any sex appeal these characters had to appeal to a female ‘girl power’ audience instead of the core male comic book audience. They literally don’t know who they’re making this movie for,” a Twitter consumer wrote.

“That’s what happens when you have Margot Robbie and the feminist director wanting to stop the ‘male gaze,’” one other one wrote on Twitter.

One individual upset with film’s premise wrote an op-ed titled “DC’s ‘Birds of Prey’ hates men, but wants their money – no wonder it’s bombing at the box office.”

“… the women in it are smarter, tougher and stronger than the men, except they have been stripped of their sex appeal in a convoluted attempt to be pro-feminist,” reads the op-ed. “If equality is ladies making misandrist, hyper-violent, incoherently vapid and dreadful films, then ‘Birds of Prey‘ is a smashing success for feminism. It can be an abysmal failure for cinema… and doubtless humanity. It deserves to fail.”

The film achieved rave opinions

Before Birds of Prey, the DCEU solely boasted a handful of positively-reviewed films. The relaxation ranged from combined opinions to utterly abysmal. Of the flicks that obtained constructive opinions, two centered round feminine characters and have been directed by ladies.

To date, solely Aquaman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman, and Birds of Prey have constructive opinions. Meanwhile, Man of Steel, Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad all obtained combined to detrimental opinions.

Currently, Birds of Prey has an 80 % critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus studying, “With a contemporary perspective, some new associates, and a great deal of fast-paced motion, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.”

It additionally has an viewers rating of 83 %. This makes it the third highest-rated film from the DCEU on the web site. Yet regardless of these opinions, plainly some males who make up the overall viewers demographic have little interest in watching it.

“the fact that men are refusing to watch birds of prey because it’s an all women team and their clothes are not showing enough skin just frustrates me. they will only see a movie with a female lead if she is sexualized and that’s disgusting,” wrote a Twitter consumer.

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