Mum Lola Mum
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PG-13 | 111 min
A beautiful and sheltered girl with lightening quick reflexes and an un-licensed license to kill is set loose upon the world to kick some major a$$, with the beyond sweet sounds of the Chemical Brothers following her every move. Is this our wet dreams come true… or the so-so movie Joe Wright churned out… of his league. Wright has made one good movie (Pride & Prejudice), one third of a great movie (Atonement) and one that had all the right instruments and band members, but couldn’t eggzactly make a hit song (The Soloist… in retrospect, wethinks our review was a lil too favorable). Credit to Joe Dubs for tackling something a little bit more fun, and not even necessarily all that dumb, but Hanna is juss another one of his middle of the pack finishing unfinished bidnesses
How could this be? The movie looks and feels cool, and lil Saoirse Ronan as our titular babe in the woods with the goods is totally a wicked fit (with the bonus of papa Eric Bana as her Mr Qui-Gon Miyagi), but nothing here seems to click or add up to anything worth blagging home about. It’s not action-y enuff to be an action flick, and its attempts at humor are about as humorous as twelve episodes of Lopez Tonight. So what is this sorta messy mrs doubt misfire? A revenge picture with no anger or sense of danger? An un-professional Professional? A Domino that falls? Run Lola Run, but running in place? Dogtooth with no bark or bite? Salt that aint kosher? The Boys From Brazil with no balls/zeal? And why all the terrible German accents? Did Tom Hollander do all of his dialect research by watching Sprockets and Udo Kier‘s oeuvre? Was Udo Kier not available??? And what’s with Cate Blanchett‘s uuuugh-inducing Texas twang? She’s one sneer away from entering Kathy Batesing it WAY overboardland!!
The only relief comes in the form of a vacationing British family that Hanna latches onto. Parents Jason Flemyng and Olivia Williams are a good match for each other, her and us, and we were totally digging the vibe of Hanna’s new BFF (Jessica Barden), an OMG WTF bubblegum babbling chav-tastic tween, but all this surrogate sidetracking belongs in a separate movie. Hactually, most of the fragmented proceedings stitched together here deserve their own individual treatment. Focus people, focus!!
Remember how TRON 2 worked mostly cause it was one giant Daft Punk video? Well, Hanna‘s like a 6th rate Chemical Bros vid. What, was Michel Gondry not available either? Perhaps he was getting busy with Udo Kier?? UDO KIER!!!!
‘Your Royal Highness, this is that girl who gets raped in that Peter Jackson movie everyone hated, but it really wasn’t that bad of a movie. Swears!’‘
Verdictgo: it’s passable entertainment, but it could been a contender, so Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges
Hanna has no sisters at a theater near jews tomorrow
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…