Directed by: David Leitch, Written by: Kurt Johnstad (screenplay) & Antony Johnston (graphic novel)
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, James Faulkner, Roland Møller, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgård + more
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Atomic Blonde was one of those movies that I had no intention of seeing initially. A friend of mine really wanted to see it and I figured what heck, I’ll go…why not? I’m really glad that I did because it turned out to be so much more than I expected!
What I Liked
The Cinematography. Atomic Blonde was visually stunning. From the way the shots were framed to the neon colours that were used, everything was just so aesthetically pleasing. The cinematography alone did a fantastic job in portraying the 80s setting that Atomic Blonde was set in.
The Soundtrack. The soundtrack was a huge nostalgia trip for me. Not because I was alive and jamming out to this music in the 80s, because I wasn’t, but because this is the music that my parents listened to and raised me on. I knew literally all of the songs used throughout the film, much to the surprise of my co-worker that I went to see the film with. I’ve always said that I should have been born in time to enjoy the 80s, but sadly I was not. Between the cinematography & the music alone, Atomic Blonde transported me to the decade in which I wish I could have been a part of.
James McAvoy. It’s no surprise that James McAvoy was phenomenal in this film. He’s just such a fantastic actor regardless of the film he’s in, but his character in Atomic Blonde was fantastic. He was unreliable and very strange which obviously made him very intriguing in my eyes. This role was definitely perfect for him.
The Action. The action scenes throughout this film were top notch. The fight sequences were brutal and yet beautiful at the same time? Does this make me weird? Probably.
Bill Skarsgård’s Face. I can put that down as something I liked right? Because I really do like his face.
What I Didn’t Like
Slightly hard to follow. Atomic Blonde is one of those movies that really doesn’t make a lot of sense the first time around. It was definitely hard to follow the storyline, but this was almost forgiven considering the beauty of the film. I feel like this is definitely one of those movies that requires a second watch to fully grasp and understand what it is that you just saw. I think going into it a second time knowing what you know could really help make this film even better. Can’t wait to watch it again!
Monotone Charlize. I understand that Charlize Theron’s character is supposed to be this damaged spy. I understand she’s meant to be cold and that’s she out to execute her mission. But she was just so monotone. There was no emotion being shown and for some reason that bothered me. It wasn’t until towards the end that we even saw her express any bit of emotion. As mentioned, I get that this was her character, but it started to get old really quick.
Overall, Atomic Blonde was a bit of a surprise for me and I’m so glad I decided to see it in the spur of the moment! It’s definitely one of those movies that you need to watch a second time, but I would probably wait until its DVD release to do that!
Thank you for reading!