Crazy birds of prey, firecracker women willing to fight and a supersonic hedgehog: In February, the comic ladies from "Birds Of Prey: The Emancipation Of Harley Quinn" start off like the fire brigade, before the most famous with "Sonic The Hedgehog". Sega video game hero makes his big screen debut. With "Bombshell" three tough blondes are also waiting to fight Fox News. Thanks to Elyas M'Barek's "Nightlife", German gossip is also provided for, but things get tragic towards the end of the month: In "Just Mercy", which is based on true events, a young lawyer tries to save people who have been wrongly sentenced to death.
"Birds Of Prey: The Emancipation Of Harley Quinn", February 6
When Gotham's most evil, narcissistic villain Roman Sionis and his go-getter right-hand man Zsasz target a young girl named Cass, the city goes upside down in the search for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya's paths cross, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.
There were many reasons why "Suicide Squad" was a disaster. But even then there was nothing to blame: Robbie aka Harley Quinn. So it's not surprising that she got her own film. If "Birds Of Prey" manages to circumvent the massive script problems of its predecessor, DC could once again convince with a comic film adaptation. Especially since a far more worthy opponent was found in McGregor as Black Mask than was the case in the predecessor.
"Sonic: The Hedgehog" February 13
Sonic is a 15-year-old adolescent powerhouse, but he's not really aware of that yet. For his own safety, he is said to be hiding on planet Earth. However, there is one condition: the world should never know of his existence. But that turns out to be almost impossible for the extroverted hedgehog. So it's only a matter of time before someone notices him. Luckily, Sonic meets Tom, a cynical cop whose heart is in the right place. Together, the two take it on with Sonic's insane nemesis, Dr. Robotnik who will soon be chasing them across the globe.
When the first trailer for "Sonic: The Hedgehog" was released, the fan frenzy couldn't have been louder. The look of the popular Sega mascot had nothing to do with the video game template. Lo and behold: Paramount took the criticism to heart and spent quite a bit of money to give the Rennigel a new render coat of paint. Plus "Westworld" star James Marsden and grimacing legend Jim Carrey as the villain Dr. Robotnik, February's film for the whole family could be finished.
"Nightlife", February 13
The Berlin bartender Milo and his dream girl Sunny meet in a fateful way in the nightlife and arrange a date. Everything seems to be going perfectly, but when Milo's chaotic boyfriend Renzo shows up, the romantic evening escalates into a completely insane chase through Berlin's nightlife. If Milo and Sunny survive this date, nothing can shake their love.
There it is, the first German feel-good romantic comedy. Even without seeing the trailer, most moviegoers should know what to expect from "Nightlife": wacky situations, slapstick, love and laughter. With the exception of the haunting and memorable drama "Der Fall Collini", this is exactly the safe bank in which M'Barek has made himself comfortable in recent years. However, the success still proves him and other German stars right, see also "Das Perfect Secret" from 2019, in which M'Barek and Lau were last seen together on the screen.
"Bombshell: The End of Silence", February 13
Megyn Kelly is the face of Fox News: blonde, attractive, sexy. Beautiful legs are more in demand at the conservative news channel than investigative journalism and uncomfortable questions. When the star presenter takes on presidential candidate Donald Trump in front of the cameras, she can't expect any backing from above: station boss Roger Ailes is friends with Trump, and the riot candidate also gives Fox News top ratings - including with his sexist Twitter campaign against Megyn. And her established colleague Gretchen Carlson refuses to be the "TV Barbie" any longer. As a result, her contract is not renewed "due to disappointing ratings".
After "Birds of Prey", "Bombshell" is the second film in February in which Margot Robbie plays a leading role in a strong female ensemble cast. The topic of the drama is of course very different and also very tailored to the US audience. But Fox News, President Donald Trump's favorite conservative and polemical channel, has also made a questionable name for itself in Europe. The heart of the matter, which becomes abundantly clear from the Oscar nominations, are the women who, years later, have the courage to rebel against the machinations behind the facade. Charlize Theron as Gretchen Carlson is nominated for Best Actress, Robbie as fictional character Kayla Pospisil for Best Supporting Actress.
"Just Mercy", February 27th
Just Mercy is based on the true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his epic fight for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan could have chosen lucrative jobs. Instead, he goes to Alabama to join local attorney Eva Ansley in defending wrongfully convicted people. One of his earliest cases is that of W alter McMillian, who was sentenced to death in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite most circumstantial evidence proving his innocence and the only testimony against him came from a criminal who had a motive to lie.
Recently in the "Creed" series, Michael B. Jordan showed that he knows how to impress as a well-trained muscle man in the boxing ring. In "Just Mercy" he now wants to demonstrate that he is just as quick-witted verbally. Court dramas are basically similar in their dramaturgy, that is in the nature of the material. The fact that "Just Mercy" is very close to the real events and the cast also relies on a faithful portrayal of the real people makes the film not only interesting for hobby lawyers. Quite apart from the question of the sense and madness of the death pen alty.