A wholly enjoyable first half punctuated with extreme wides laying our characters against towering, Soviet-era structures and scenes bathed in gritty fluorescent lights. Second half meanders too long, and relies too heavily on trying to over-complicate the ending for the sake of "twists". It may have been better to simply have our Sparrow remain a patriot. Plenty of sex and violence, but not without its merits.
Mesmerizing first half filled with energy, memorable scenarios and scenes, and is rife in tension. So... what in the fuck happened in the second? As that's nearly gone. It suffers from the comic-book problem of setting up its sequels (it's based on a fictional trilogy.) The film is leisurely in pace the whole way through, but what starts with expository momentum, ends feeling like an underdeveloped preface.
Like a LeCarre guilty pleasure wuth a great cast combined with the sexual nastiness between Edgerton and JLaw that now can be possibly read as a metaphor for collusion? Just try to ignore the inconsistency in the accents!
Jennifer Lawrence gives an intense performance in this well crafted and cynical spy thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the end credits roll. This movie proves that Jennifer Lawrence is a force to be reckoned with and I look forward to seeing more of this side from her as she continues to hone her craft and take challenges because she really is one of the best in the business.
Red Sparrow is a skilled but confused spy thriller that eschews the slick absurd action fantasies of Bond-like spy movies and the shaky cam Bourne-like docu-thrillers for aesthetically sophisticated Hollywood pulp with a slow burn. It's got a great movie star performance by Lawrence, is well directed (despite its overt dourness), and is incredibly well shot but the film is flawed in many ways. [cont.]
We are left with a few lurid episodes, abundant lust, and… Jennifer Lawrence, who, better than Charlize Theron in “Atomic Blonde”, plays this brave if cunning spy with the right attitude and a sexy look. (2,5 stars)
A solid genre film which adds little to the formula beyond an A-list protagonist and an ensemble cast. This spy thriller ticks all the intrigue boxes but it is not a director mastering the craft beyond the necessary tropes of entertainment.
Adrenaline building action projected through an at once narrow (unfulfilled) yet focused (essential) lens. Engaging mise-en-scene and choreography but delivers more on impression than on depth. Not particularly memorable.
74/100 - Good.