Kristy, Nate, Dean, and I caught a late showing of Hanna last night. Hanna is a teenager who has been raised in the wild as an assassin. Her father (Eric Bana) has made her memorize an encyclopedia and trained her to kill a corrupt CIA agent (Cate Blanchett).
The plot is a little thin and the characters a little flat, but I wasn’t bothered since the action sequences and scenery are really fucking cool. And just because the characters lack depth doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting. Hanna is a walking fact book and deadly killer with zero social skills. In the real world, she struggles with personal interactions and makes a pretty strong argument against homeschooling… I thought this led to some genuinely funny moments: ‘That’s a very well-mannered Spanish boy,’ noted Kristy after Hanna’s unconventional first date. The flamboyant hit man made a terrific villain. Cate Blanchett as the evil Marissa Wiegler paled slightly in comparison, though I did enjoy her predatory details- obsessively cleaning her teeth and stamping around in her smart shoes. I thought the most successful component of the movie was the tense, catchy score by the Chemical Brothers. I can’t imagine a more fitting soundtrack and I’m mentally filing this next to Damon Albarn’s Ravenous in ‘scores-by-famous-musicians-that-made-a-solidly-good-movie-way-better.’
A quick note about going out to the movies: The cinema gods must’ve conspired on release dates ‘cos virtually every movie I want to see this year is playing now or very soon (Hanna, Thor, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life). May=movie month!
And another quick note on other great soundtracks by famous musicians: Nate says Tron Legacy by Daft Punk. I say The Virgin Suicides by Air.