August 5, 2017

Guys Movie Night: Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron kicks ass! Great innovative fight scenes - at one point she fights a guy for so long, they're both so tired they can barely hold their arms up anymore. Great costumes, and James McAvoy is a total degenerate!
It delivered on the intention to match John Wick for serious action, but I found Theron a little one-note with her stoic performance. A little too much staring unblinking in the mirror.
The plot was far too familiar - hunting for a microfilm list of all covert agents in Europe? The framing device is also hackneyed: Theron is being debriefed on her failed mission by her handlers in an interrogation room.
The soundtrack was almost all English and German New Wave music - Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry" was the only American song I remember - including "The Politics of Dancing" by Re-Flex. "The Politics of Dancing" is playing in the nightclub where Theron meets up with French spy Lasalle (Sofia Boutella) and they start to kiss in the toilet when I think "please don't cut away before my favorite part of the song comes on" and BANG as soon as the kickass synth solo come on, they smash-cut to their hot-and-heavy sex scene! WOW
CASTING NOTE: Turns out I have seen Sofia Boutella in two movies recently- she was the henchman with razor-sharp blades for feet in Kingsman: The Secret Service, and she was excellent as the white-faced alien in Star Trek Beyond.
TRAILER NOTES: Suburbicon looks like a Coen Brothers movie they decided to hand off to George Clooney because they can't be bothered; The Snowman looks far too scary and cliche'd for me; I am sure they have screwed up this adaptation of IT; Thor: Ragnarok looks like it could be funny.
AMC Burlington Theater 4 with Adam and Tom.