Jascha Wilson Reviews – Atomic Blonde
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Enough of that, why don’t we get to what we’re supposed to talk about shall we? Let’s talk about ATOMIC BLONDE, the new Chalize Theron project that we were all excited to see (ok, maybe it was just me, but I was excited).
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Hancok) starts as a sultry, gritty MI6 spy in the 80s just after the fall of Berlin wall. Spies were rampant back then, names were released, and chaos ensued. Also starring in this spy “thriller” we have some seriously impressive names. James McAvoy (Xmen:Apocalyps, Wanted), John Goodman (Roseanne, Monsters Inc.), Tobey Jones (Capatin America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games), and Sofia Boutella (The Kingsman, The Mummy). While there are people that I’m sure you’ll recognize when watching this film, these are the major players–talk about a good cast right?
And with that “good cast” you would think this movie would be amazing. I mean a spy during the cold war, and the fall of the Berlin wall? Wow, just wow. This movie is going to be epic in both story and music. Well, we got half of it right. Look, I’m not one to criticize (said the guy who literally writes, critics, and talks about movies every week–that was a joke by the way), but this movie was a little underwhelming. The real hero of the movie was all the throwback music we got from the 80s. I mean WOW! David Bowie, Queen, Depeche Mode, this soundtrack covered a lot of classics, which in turn, made you tap your feet and really enjoy it while watching this movie. The store (while it WAS a good story), dragged a little. It was slow. I couldn’t get past the way David Leitch (director) tried to make every shot seem like it could be a single frame photo. You get what I’m saying with that? Take a look at some of the most iconic films you’ve ever watched. Something that you just LOVE. Godfather, The Dark Knight, Lord of the Rings. If you take any of those movies and freeze frame a single shot, it could be its own poster (at least that’s how I feel). This movie tries to do that, and I think that’s what messed up the pacing for it. It didn’t work, it was slow, had a dreary feel to it, and the start and stop of explaining characters and who they are for a spy movie–totally backfired. But hey, it wasn’t necessarily BAD, it was just slow.
That being said, let’s talk a second about what DID work: Charlize as an action star. This woman kicked some major ass! I was floored as to how great these actions scenes were. She totally owned every scene she was in when it came to action, and really made you believe that she was kicking some serious butt. Kudos lady, you rock. But again, this movie didn’t lack talent, it lacked steady plot development.
Overall, I did like this movie (even though it maysound like I don’t). I really enjoyed all the action scenes, there was no shortage of twists when it came to this spy movie, but again, the real hero of the movie was the soundtrack. The soundtrack is what made this fun, if not for it to help carry the action, it definitely helped move our story forward when it stalled out on dialogue.
Well, I’m not the authority on this sort of thing, I’m just one opinion out of 4 when it comes to our team. Take a listen and see what the rest of the team thought of Atomic Blonde later this week.
Later Flicker Fans.