Alright, so Netflix once pigeonholed one of my movie tastes as “Cerebral World War II Dramas.” Needless to say, I was embarrassingly awoken to this macabre obsession I have. So when I say this was the good side of “eh,” I maybe have some cred? lol
The cinematography was well done and I did appreciate that part of seeing it in theatres. What I did not fucking appreciate because *problems* were the extremely loud pops and booms of weaponry and explosions throughout the film. And the movie is well done so THAT you are startled. Some people like this; it just makes me angry and anxious. For that reason alone, I probably would have enjoyed it more at home without the BOOMBOOM of the big speakers.
The acting was decent to tolerable. I have to admit I got really distracted once the Last Kingdom douche bag was introduced in the plot. I had a really hard time divorcing him from that other role.
Overall if you’re one of those people that really likes WWII movies/documentaries, this is probably a cool flick to watch to add to all of those other granular details you’ve picked up over the years. If you’re not a WWII nerd and you’re not into actiony, drowny, no really like so many people die movies–you can probably skip it.
I really enjoyed this one. And I was very glad it wasn’t the “female John Wick” as some people described it. John Wick is a movie about assassins. This is a Cold War spy-action flick. Very different things.
It also had some not-surprising, but nevertheless interesting sub-points about world politics and in some ways, perhaps showing that the tension in the 80’s was not so different than some of the tensions now.
The shots are all well done and there were some more gimmicky set ups that were very clearly an allusion to the graphic novel it’s based on. I also really loved the use of lighting and specifically the color lighting throughout the film.
I did feel like the girl-on-girl sex scene was a little gratuitous. Especially because they reference the main character having had sex with a male multiple times–all of which are given the kissing-faces-and-you-know-the-rest treatment. But when it’s two girls, let’s have an all out HBO fuck fest?? Ugh. Why couldn’t they have James McAvoy having a full frontal sex scene with some other dude in the movie?! Mmmhm. That’s what I thought.
All in all, glad I saw it in the theatres. Bottom line, the action scenes were worth it. I will look forward to watching this again on one of those call in to work, PMS, rainy days. : D