“Hanna” Beats Up Grown Men, Awesomeness

Genres: Drama and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.
Release Date: April 8th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language.
Distributors: Focus Features


Director: Joe Wright

JJ Rating: A-

See it again: Yes.
Own it: Yes.
Recommend it to: Not to those that love Bourne Identity too much. They’ll just complain that a young woman could out do him.

Worth seeing in NYC: Yes.

Good
Acting
Action
Music
Pace

Bad
Some parts could have been clearer.

Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) trained with her father for a day when she’d have to go and find Marissa (Cate Blanchett) and rid the world of her. Things work out well, until things don’t--just how movies roll. Hanna.

Hanna is a movie riding on the back of strong women actors. Watching Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan share the screen or rule a scene is worth every penny to me. Is it worth it for others? If Blanchett is someone you love to watch, then it is worth seeing Hanna. If she were an X-Man, she’d have to be an X-Villain Mystique. Every single movie she is in, she’s a different character she has yet played before. To say it is a joy to watch her act would be an understatement. I think it’s a drug. It’s addicting. I want to see her act more and more. After seeing her current film, I can’t wait until her next one. I can’t get enough. Cate Blanchett is never, ever disappointing. Ronan didn’t disappoint, either. She impressed.

Hanna was a mesh-up of fast-paced story telling and music that pushed it even faster with hard-hitting beats at the right moment. That is the one thing it has over Bourne Identity. Pace is important. Using the time you have to tell a story in a way to keep the moviegoer engaged is uber important. Hanna’s action was fun. Nothing like watching a girl run away beating the living snot out of adult males and one teenager who wanted some sugar. The trailer didn’t hint at any humor, so I didn’t expect any. I was pleasantly surprised by several scenes that used humor perfectly. The script is strong. Add strong acting and you have a fantastic film.

Hanna is a film that I’ll remember as fun and entertaining. I’ll recommend it to people to see if they ask me for a film to see that’s out right now. There are not a whole lot of films I can say that about up to this point in the year. I’d say the same about Arthur. I think about that more now than ever because my brother lives in New York City and it costs one arm (only a bad pun if this were a review of Soul Surfer), a leg and a foot to see a film there. I think is it worth that for him to see it? Maybe I’ll add that to my list at the top. Maybe I will do that right now.

That does not mean that Hanna is by any means perfect just because one could spend half their body parts to see it in NYC. It means that based on what is out there; it’s worth seeing if one is going to the theater anyway. Hanna is a thrill ride that has great pacing and will not leave you yawning. It might leave you wondering what the hell you just saw, but not yawning. That’s a good thing.

I write like: James Joyce

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