Gal Gadot is excellent. Allan Heinberg's script and Patty Jenkins direction adds the sort of fine touch and subtlety that's been sorely lacking in DC's films up to this point. The only problem is that it doesn't quite stick the landing. There's a clear point toward the end where it starts flying apart at the seams. Nevertheless, it's still a fun satisfying film.
Atomic Blonde is a spy thriller in the vein of any James Bond film you've ever seen, but with a far more visually stunning sense of style. It has a brutal action style in the vein of John Wick - Theron and Reeves even sparred together in preparation!
All of that is to say, this is one of the coolest action movies I've seen in some time. The problem is, it doesn't make any sense. Yet despite that, I'm definitely on board for Atomic Blonde 2! Hopefully it'll have a more coherent plot...
This movie couldn't have come out at a better time. We need this movie, maybe now more than ever. I couldn't help but get caught up in the emotional themes, and there's some remarkable film craft on display as well. It's easily one of the best films of the year.
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I had such a fun time with this movie! I might need to see it again just to see if there were jokes I missed while laughing. It's endlessly clever and witty and hilarious. Easily the best batman movie since The Dark Knight, arguably the most entertaining ever, and certainly the funniest. I mean that as a compliment to this film as well as a slight to DC's more recent efforts.