Film Review: Atomic Blonde

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8938629/atomicblondefemmefatale.jpgI 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

3.5/5

Film Review: Atomic Blonde

Hidden Figures

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Welp, this glorious thing happened…

My mother grew up a bi-racial kid in the 70’s. It was not normal or acceptable. It was hard. When I was talking to her about her experience this week, she told me that growing up her family talked about her blackness like it was a disease–mind you, that wasn’t their perspective or intention, she explained, just that it was always framed as “this is a thing you’re always going to have to live with, but don’t worry you’ll be ok.”

I wish she had had a movie like this. It might be presented in a more simple approach, but it is very reassuring and inspiring to women of color. You can be smart. You can be ambitious. You can stand up for what you have earned and what you deserve. We need more movies like this.

All of the actresses were stellar; moreover, I was really pleased with Janelle MonĂ¡e‘s acting skills as I have pretty neutral feelings about her music career. It was nice to see Taraji P. Henson deftly encompass both the sassiness that she’s known to excel in as well as the shy, vulnerability that is crucial to her character in this film.

Any attempt for me to critically analyze this film will probably just devolve into a diary entry, so I’m going to leave it with a “Go See This!!!” Show the movie industry that a film about amazing, nerdy black women can make MONEY. If movies are atrociously priced in your area, at least hit it up at the Red Box.

Film: 4.5/5

Black Girl Magic: We go to 11.

Hidden Figures

Assassin’s Creed Review

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I liked it. I will probably never watch it again, but if a friend had it on at their place I wouldn’t complain. I will also probably go see any future films of this series until they no longer bring me joy. : D

There were complaints on the interwebs about over-casting and over-plotting, but I find that confusing. Having spent more time watching people play this fucking game than I ever, ever, EVER would want to, I feel like this movie holds up pretty well for what it is. For point of reference I have also spent large portions of life watching people play Call of Duty and I had less than zero interest in seeing those movies after watching the trailer…

The cast was fine. I enjoyed Omar. I also enjoyed the totally unnecessary shirtlessness of Magneto.

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The action scenes were pretty alright and lined up pretty well with the gameplay.

If you’re not a total snob and like actiony-drama movies, you will probably enjoy this.

3/5

Assassin’s Creed Review