Charlize Theron succeeds in bringing another strong female character to life in this action-packed adaptation of the graphic novel “The Coldest City” in Atomic Blonde. Theron, who says she performed all her own stunts, sports the blonde hair like a trophy just as good as Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde back in 2001. This movie packs a punch literally as her skills in combat are front and center in her mission to solve the murder of a fellow agent and stop from a list of double agents in the MI6 during The Cold War.
The story is told through flashbacks The Usual Suspects style interrogated about the days leading up to her briefing on what happened on her mission. Looking pretty beat up as she is being questioned gives the impression that this mission was not an easy one and that assumption is true. Director David Leitch provides amazing action sequences and fight scenes to keep your attention and leaves no room to call shenanigans. Each time you see a punch, a kick, a throw, a gunshot is clear to see and looks painful. You start to wonder if they did take a few punches during filming. Superb fighting choreography in my opinion.
It took me a little while to see this movie. That should tell you something already about this film. Let’s face it, you know the story. With King Kong, the movies that feature the oversize primate seem to have the same thing happening but just in a different location. So in that regard, it’s very important that the words “Skull Island” is included in the title because the location and its inhabitants is what makes this film fun and entertaining.
John Goodman plays Bill Randa, a scientist who is bored of his life and can’t help with tamper with things meant to kept hidden takes a group of soldiers to an unknown Island to discover that life and evolution has been amped up encountering many creatures including our beloved Kong.
So two weeks ago I posted a project idea that will take 27 weeks to complete to test the theory if movies get better with age. In other words, can a movie hold up to the memory from when you first watched it, as you get older can a movie you hated be better now that you can analyze it better, etc. For a recap here is the post. My first entry was 3 Ninjas, which was a delight to watch again. This weeks Throwback Thursday Double Take is Arachnophobia. I don’t know about you but I have a fear of spiders. Not may favorite thing to be near. So when I watched this movie as a child, it terrified me. I do remember liking this movie a lot. It still makes me jump when any time I watch it. Rated at PG-13 as a comedy/horror/drama, the film was pretty effective. From what I can remember, I would have given this 3 1/2 out of 5 on my entertainment scale. Simple script, acting was on par, very hard to recommend to people, but still fun to watch and it is a movie you can rewatch again. Does it still hold up 26 years later? Let’s find out.
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