The first half is like a beautiful dessert that looks pretty, but is only sweet... it doesn't fill you up. Then however, there's a set-piece near the middle of the film which is super impressive and suddenly the film is interesting onwards from there. I guess in this case they got me in the end and that made up for the rather uninteresting first half. 3 and 1/2 stars.
The silhouette showdown from "Kill Bill" and a memorable Bowie cue from "Inglourious Basterds" are lifted, which did take me out of it. C'mon Leitch! You don't need to steal; the chilly, synth-laden, neon-drenched atmosphere pioneered in "John Wick" is back, and Charlize, the Queen of Cool, shines in a calculated, wry, bravely physical turn. The fight choreography is predictably, laudably bananas.
Gah, this had so much potential to be great - the setting, the clothes, the music, Theron, the music, the action, the music - but it's let down by an over-convoluted script that expects us to care and be shocked by its twists and turns, but misses the boat. But damn, that staircase setpiece.
Charlize Theron: gorgeous, sexy, superb acting. I love her for this. Also James McAvoy is playing his part very convincingly. Nothing is wrong with the craftmanship of David Leitch; professionally made action thriller. However, still it is as "seen hundred times before" and therefore bit boring. It's a pity. 2,5 stars.
Frenetic, stylish as hell, and a twisting, turning spy thriller that I'm still not completely sure I have a firm grasp on - but I really, really liked it. Will need to watch again and this rating could go up to 5/5. EDIT: Re-watched and this up to 5/5 for me. So cool, so well-directed, and ultimately just a great, intriguing Cold War spy thriller.