Monday, August 7, 2017


          Charlize Theron ignites the screen in this stylish action flick.
          Lorraine Broughton, the MI6 agent she plays, relays to higher-ups details regarding events five days prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.
          Some movies work extensively on accurate details bringing to life a certain time period on screen. The Ice Storm, for example, or American Hustle.
          Atomic Blonde isn't one of those.
          The soundtrack alone will probably make Theron, who is also one of the film's producers, a tidy fortune.
          But the main event in Atomic Blonde is Theron herself, beating the crap out of guys convincingly.
          Of course, lots of movies from way back try to do it. Some succeed admirably. Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 is convincing. So is the woman who plays Trinity in The Matrix. Charlize Theron is all that and a bag of chips.
          She gets about as bruised-up or better than Christian Bale's Dark Knight. And you can see she's pretty dang sturdy. The fights are so well-choreographed, and she's so good at it, we get to clearly see the action. The filmmakers needed to not rely on special effects or edits.
          And the payoff: On the heels of Wonder Woman--and in high heels--Theron proves that a woman can have a good butt and kick butt good.
          Additionally, she's a lesbian. Plus there's another lesbian, too. And they're both just two really good-looking lesbians together. So, that's exciting.
          Meanwhile, there's James McAvoy as the annoying guy, and John Goodman as the sturdy backup actor.
          Nicely shot.
          Great use of music.
          Lots of memorable bits.
          Because of certain obvious (and less obvious) similarities with James Bond, it would be interesting to see Lorraine Broughton crossover with 007.
          Tangentially, this calls to mind an entire franchise of heavily retro Bond flicks.
          Until then, this.

Starring Charlize Theron,
James McAvoy,
Eddie Marsan,
John Goodman,
Toby Jones
Directed by David Leitch
Based on the graphic novel series "The Coldest City"
written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Sam Hart
Runtime 115 minutes
Rated R

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