Mini-review: Hanna

So after being completely hooked by the trailer for “Hanna,” I found myself looking forward to the film as much as I would anticipate something like Captain America or some big event film.  I wanted to see it that bad.  So does it live up to the expectations I had going into it?  I would most certainly say it does.  If I have anything to say about my expectations, it was a little slower in parts than I anticipated, but that is not a negative against it.  It is an action thriller in its most generic labeling, but its also a movie about self-discovery and actually has a fairy tale quality to it.  I found the journey that Hanna goes on to be interesting and at times kick ass.  The actors in the film are

all good across the board, but Saoirse Ronan is outstanding as Hanna.  I have no doubt she has a bright future in films.  The score by The Chemical Brothers was used wisely.  It added a lot to the film but Joe Wright, the director, used silence strategically in some scenes that would have been brought down by music.

I don’t think that the movie is going to win over everyone.  I think some may be impressed by some of the action in the film but be lost in the character moments (that is not a slight against the movie, but sadly my view of moviegoers is a little cynical these days).  However, I whole heartedly recommend seeking out the film at a local theater and paying for a ticket to see it (it’s in wide release right now).  It’s an intelligent action thriller that should be supported at the theater so that studios can see this type of movie as a viable one and not keep pumping out uninspired sequels like Fast Five.  If you’ve not seen the trailer for the film yet, check it out above.

4.5/5 stars

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