A couple of weeks ago I went to Hanna, which also features a young person in peril. Although unlike Frozen, Hanna knows how to handle her situation–and everyone else.
She’s a bit of an assassin/operative/pale-little-girl, you see, raised up by the Arctic Circle by a man with an accent who appears to be her father. They spend their days sparring with sticks, hunting, doing pullups from tree branches. At night he reads to her from fairy tales and science books.
Then one day he brings her a box with a red button. If she pushes it “they will know where you are,” he tells her. “And it won’t stop until she’s dead, or you are.”
“She” is Cate Blanchett, a tooth-sucking Federal Agent who plays a very convincing wicked stepmother/witch figure. There are even a couple of scenes in a gingerbread house.
They come to get her, Hanna makes a spectacular escape, and the hunt is on.
Once her pursuit of Hanna turns out to be more complicated than she had hoped, Blanchett enlists the most bizarre group of assassins I have ever seen to help her track the girl down. I’m not one to focus on wardrobes during movies, unless it’s a period piece and all of the women are wearing corsets, but these guys caught my eye, for reasons I won’t get into here. Think Hitler Youth combined with…well, I don’t even know. HY + Romper Stomper + yoga mom in Lulu Lemon pants?
I also enjoyed the music, done by The Chemical Brothers. If you’re not familiar with them, you’ll be struck by how odd the soundtrack is, but it fits, because everything in the film is a little (or a lot) quirky.
A fun, fast, goofy action movie with a killer kid who would clean house in Battle Royale or The Hunger Games.
Rating: 119 Ugly Stepsisters
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