Posted by: popcouver | May 7, 2011

Hanna Review

When I first saw the trailer for Joe Wright’s much anticipated Hanna, I was instantly captivated. After Wright and rising star Saoirse Ronan’s success in Atonement, there was no doubt that this film would be something to talk about. Starring such a young Oscar nominated actress, as well as Eric Bana and Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett seems too good to be true. Further, it features an original soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers? It honestly didn’t seem like the film could follow through on the promises of the trailer. 

However, somehow the extraordinary Joe Wright pulled it off. The film was exciting, fast paced, emotional, funny, and bad ass all at once. The techno score changed the dynamic of the film from being typical of an action film to being absolutely unique within the genre. Saoirse Ronan carried the film through her endearing and impressively physical performance and Cate Blanchett delivers beautifully as the terrifying, murderous Marisa. Besides the famed headliners though, there was one actor who shone in her role. 

The brilliantly cast Jessica Barden, as Sophie, delivers an element of adolescence and normalcy that Hanna both lacks and desires. Her flawless comedic timing and typical teenage expressions balanced against the intensity of Hanna’s mission and allowed the audience to take a moment, here and there, to breathe and laugh. This is one young actress that will definitely receive a lot of well-deserved attention. 

This film will most definitely be critically considered in an intense way. It has all the elements of an Oscar Best Picture. It is quick, witty, beautifully shot, perfectly cast, and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats for its entirety. I absolutely loved watching it, and I can’t wait to see what Joe Wright comes up with next. 


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