Screen Junkies » cate blanchett http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:22:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Film Cult Presents: Hanna http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-film-cult-presents-hanna/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-film-cult-presents-hanna/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 17:54:11 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261696 Warning! Spoilers Ahead! I don’t normally review movies this recent, but having just seen it appear on another website’s list of ten movies one may have overlooked in the last...

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I don’t normally review movies this recent, but having just seen it appear on another website’s list of ten movies one may have overlooked in the last several years, I thought I’d give Hanna some due diligence, as I believe/pray/hope it will become a cult classic in years to come. It certainly deserves cult film status. While not a blockbuster, it’s still considered a financial success, having brought in a worldwide total of $63,782,078. While the movie’s numbers are solid, the fact remains many still have never even heard of or seen this film, which is disheartening because I think it’s one of the best films made in the last five years.

The premise is your classic sixteen-year-old girl who lives in the woods with her dad and has been trained as a total bad-ass ninja then is told she must meet her dad in Berlin after he alerts the CIA to their whereabouts. Hanna is also told that a woman named Marissa will try to kill her, so she better have been paying attention during all those karate and hunting lessons. Well, everything goes to plan, and maybe this is the only flaw in the movie: the big “reveal” is seen from a million miles away and everything expected to happen generally does. But, what happens is so much fun and exquisitely shot that I give the movie a pass for running out of steam three-quarters in.

In no small part is Hanna’s awesomeness due to its cast, which includes the queen of everything Beyoncé isn’t, Cate Blanchett, who celebrated a birthday earlier this week. As Marissa, her steely eyes and perfect southern accent give her such a sinisterly fun quality, one can’t help but be seduced by her intensity and earnestness, knowing full well that she wants to kill Hanna and you, if she had the chance. It’s one of Cate’s more understated roles (no Oscar nods or monarchs here) but it’s one of her most underrated. Incidentally, for another underrated Cate Blanchett vehicle, you should rent Bandits. She’s hilarious.

Moving on, Eric Bana, who I’d love to be my daddy stuck in the woods with any day of the week, plays Hanna’s father with an iron jaw and focused precision that wreaks of strength and confidence. Little good it does him. Saoirse Ronan, whom everyone should go see in The Grand Budapest Hotel, as Hanna has an ethereal beauty to her, so much so that one can almost believe that, while she’s a cold-blooded killer, her innocence is completely intact. Speaking of cast, keep an eye out for Michelle Dockery, Lady Mary herself, in an almost missable moment.

Cinematography is the other main reason this movie is so engrossing. The opening shots of a snow-covered Finland give justice to the stark beauty inherent to a desolate landscape. The same can be said for the shots taken of the dessert when Hanna escapes the CIA. To start in a landscape that feels very “north of the wall” then to take the viewer to the desert, where you can almost feel your own arms begin to sunburn, only to end up in an abandoned amusement park in the German forest leads me to believe that the filmmakers knew the whole film couldn’t run, as no story can, on premise alone. Run out of story? Only have chases left? Perfect, use stylistic choices any serious Tumblr addict would go mad for.

In reviewing this film, I’d also be remiss to mention several fun sequences. The first is when an English family help Hanna escape the desert. Hanna finds her equivalent in this family, a girl named Sophie, who is the comic core of the whole film. She delivers her quips in such perfectly obnoxious way you can’t help but be sad when Hanna must leave them behind. Really, Sophie’s hilarious. Also not to be missed is a super-quick fight sequence with Eric Bana. Again, it’s really the style here that’s most important. I don’t think this scene is an ode to The Wiz, but I could be wrong, because it looks like the same set, to me anyway. And finally, the other great scene is the chase in the shipyard, where all those crates provide enough wacky opportunities to give the whole thing a Bond feel that is rad as fuck.

With that, Hanna is an awesome film about a teenager ninja with a face made for Instagram. She’s got a hot dad, a secret she doesn’t even know, and one of the greatest actresses of our time is trying to kill her. What more could the public want beside a plot and premise that saw its way through to the end of the movie? Everyone’s so picky these days. This is a fun movie with gorgeous shots, hot actors, and yes even some great one-liners.

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‘The Hobbit’ Confirms Additional Titles, Because ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t Enough http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hobbit-confirms-additional-titles-because-the-hobbit-isnt-enough/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hobbit-confirms-additional-titles-because-the-hobbit-isnt-enough/#comments Mon, 30 May 2011 21:31:00 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214026 And no, one of them is not 'The Squeakquel"

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As previously rumored, the two Hobbit movies from director Peter Jackson now have official titles. The first one will have the title The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, while part 2 will be known as The Hobbit: There and Back Again. As for release dates, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to come out on December 14, 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again has a release date of about a year later on December 13, 2013.

In case you’re a little rusty on your Tolkien, both of these titles come from chapters of the book (“An Unexpected Party” and “There and Back Again”).  Now, since I don’t have anything else to say about these confirmed titles, here’s a massive list of the cast:

See Video Of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ Being Made Before Your Very Eyes

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner.

Whew! No wonder the movie is in two parts. (ComingSoon)

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner

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‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Star Nabs Indie Cool Elf Role In ‘Hobbit’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/flight-of-the-conchords-star-nabs-indie-cool-elf-role-in-hobbit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/flight-of-the-conchords-star-nabs-indie-cool-elf-role-in-hobbit/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 03:36:45 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205371 Bret McKenzie is playing the elf of choice for people who aren't into mainstream elves like Turgon (so overrated).

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Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords“) played a background elf in Lord of the Rings parts one and three, who is known on the interwebs as Figwit. He’s the elf of choice for people who aren’t into mainstream elves like Turgon (so overrated).

Now director Peter Jackson has asked McKenzie to return to Middle Earth, this time as the Elf of Rivendell himself, Lindir, in The Hobbit. Hopefully this will give McKenzie a chance to strap on an accoustic guitar and sing a comedy song that inspires you to faintly smile and nod your head a tiny bit in amusement.

Based on the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novel, The Hobbit also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett. The two parts will venture into theaters late 2012 and late 2013. (Variety)

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Review: Hanna http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-hanna/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-hanna/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:40:32 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204798 The action is cool, the characters are memorable and it’s made in a clear, exciting way.

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Hanna is the kind of action movie I enjoy, where you understand the visual language. You see a lot without explanation, and what you don’t quite see often tells more of the story. Modern audiences may call this revolutionary. Let’s go with “old school.”

In her first scene hunting a deer, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) disappears instantly with a camera move. We always see stealthy killers disappearing in a cut, but it means a lot more to show it fluidly. Hanna’s been trained out in the snow by her father, Erik (Eric Bana). If the deer didn’t convince you, her fight with Erik shows you she’s got skills.

Marisa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) is introduced dramatically, from behind during her daily routine. That pays off later when she brushes her teeth with less confidence. Wiegler provides a brief dossier, something genetic about Hanna and covert about Erik. She’s the bad guy.

I’m being glib because I think it’s perfect that they don’t over explain too much. Eventually you learn exactly what’s special about Hanna but only when it dramatically pays off. As far as I’m concerned they could leave it vague. We just need to know there’s a basic relationship and antagonism. The story and the actors deliver the gravitas without explaining this is why they’re acting this way.

You completely understand the methodology of Hanna’s skills. When she escapes, you don’t exactly see all her moves but you know what she’s doing and how she’s leveraging her opponents. In a flashback for Wiegler, you hear a car crashing off camera, because what’s important is Wiegler’s action. A gunfight has all to do with Wiegler reaching her gun some distance ahead of her.

Hanna is not just an action thriller though. Hanna hooks up with a traveling family in an RV. Their daughter, Sophie (Jessica Barden), is such a spoiled brat it’s an adorable counterpoint. When her mom (Olivia Williams) asks Hanna how her mom, her blunt honesty is priceless.

This is all a very technical way of saying Hanna is awesome. The action is cool, the characters are memorable and it’s made in a clear, exciting way.

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Hanna http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/hanna/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/hanna/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:07:04 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24926   Director: Joe Wright Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana Synopsis: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission...

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Director: Joe Wright

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

Synopsis: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Release Date: April 8, 2011

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James Franco Drops Out Of ‘While We’re Young’, Hell Freezes Over http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-franco-drops-out-of-while-were-young-hell-freezes-over/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-franco-drops-out-of-while-were-young-hell-freezes-over/#comments Sun, 06 Mar 2011 19:43:20 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102475 BREAKING: Upcoming movie will not feature James Franco.

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Last weekend’s Oscars apparently drained James Franco of a good chunk of his considerable power. In news that I thought I’d never have to report, James Franco is actually leaving a project. The movie, which is now destined to make history as “the one that Franco isn’t in,” is Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young. Franco had to drop out because of his signing on to star in The Great and Powerful, which indicates that he’s at least temporarily lost his ability to be in two places at once.

Franco’s power drain is also having an impact on his less-prolific colleagues – Cate Blanchett was also attached to the project before dropping out. No reason is given although it’s being speculated that her duties with The Hobbit are the source of a conflict.

Fans of James Franco will have to settle for merely seeing him in every aspect of modern life that isn’t While We’re Young. (via The Playlist)

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Watch ‘Hanna’ Kill Some FBI Agents. Ugh, Teenagers!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-hanna-kill-some-fbi-agents-teenagers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-hanna-kill-some-fbi-agents-teenagers/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:04:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=27019 Hug it out, bitch.

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This tense clip from Joe Wright‘s Hanna shows us what happens when Seahorse Regimine Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett‘s decoy agent (worst job ever) decide to hug it out while Blanchett watches helplessly in her standard issue Agent Scully costume. If  the rest of the film stands up to this scene, we’re in for a treat. And if it does well enough, maybe we’ll see a Hanna Vs. Hit Girl spin-off. (Guardian)

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Cate Blanchett Will Elf-Up ‘The Hobbit’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cate-blanchett-will-elf-up-the-hobbit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cate-blanchett-will-elf-up-the-hobbit/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 23:43:41 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=11625 First of all, let's recognize that Galadriel does indeed totally look like Spaghetti Cat. Second of all, Cate Blanchett is returning as Spaghetti Cat in Peter Jackson's multi-racial The Hobbit. Galadriel! I mean Galadriel.

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First of all, let’s recognize that Galadriel does indeed totally look like Spaghetti Cat. Second of all, Cate Blanchett is returning as Spaghetti Cat in Peter Jackson’s multi-racial The Hobbit. Galadriel! I mean Galadriel. Jackson had this to say about Blanchett donning her elf years again: “Cate if one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films.”

I see what you’re doing there, Peter. Ian McKellan hasn’t yet signed on to return as Gandalf, but after he reads your little love letter to Cate he’s sure to scoop up that staff as quickly as his bones will allow. Andy Serkis is also expected to return as Gollum. Not much of a surprise considering he eats, breathes, and sleeps in a mo-cap unitard. (Deadline)

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Russell Crowe Looks Pissed in New ‘Robin Hood’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/russell-crowe-looks-pissed-in-new-robin-hood-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/russell-crowe-looks-pissed-in-new-robin-hood-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The new trailer for Robin Hood proves it's a tough business stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Robin from da Hood, played with convincing mean-face by Russell Crowe, trots his way into Nottingham and says, "Nuh uh" when he witnesses how a despotic sheriff is treating his peeps. So he does what any other man in tights with a bow and arrow would do: he finds other men in tights with bows and arrows and forms a merry gang. Together they fight a smooth-headed Mark Strong, a formidable foe as Sir Godfrey, as Robin from Da Hood tries to get in Maid Marian's (Cate Blanchett's) panties. All of this is a lot more epic and romantic than I'm describing it, but you get the gist. Look folks, Ridley Scott directed the damn thing. You know what to expect. My words can't do sweeping wide-shots justice. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Robin Hood storms into theaters May 14, 2010.

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The new trailer for Robin Hood proves it’s a tough business stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Robin from da Hood, played with convincing mean-face by Russell Crowe, trots his way into Nottingham and says, "Nuh uh" when he witnesses how a despotic sheriff is treating his peeps.

So he does what any other man in tights with a bow and arrow would do: he finds other men in tights with bows and arrows and forms a merry gang. Together they fight a smooth-headed Mark Strong, a formidable foe as Sir Godfrey, as Robin from Da Hood tries to get in Maid Marian’s (Cate Blanchett’s) panties. All of this is a lot more epic and romantic than I’m describing it, but you get the gist. Look folks, Ridley Scott directed the damn thing. You know what to expect. My words can’t do sweeping wide-shots justice.

Check out the new trailer after the jump. Robin Hood storms into theaters May 14, 2010.


Robin Hood New Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers

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Robin Hood http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/robin-hood/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/robin-hood/#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 17:15:20 +0000 Reza F. Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Cate Blanchett Synopsis: The origin story of the legendary hero Robin Hood, charting his life as an army level archer to the man that takes from the rich and gives to the poor. Genre: Adventure Release Date: May 14, 2010

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Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Cate Blanchett

Synopsis: The origin story of the legendary her Robin Hood, charting his life as an army level archer to the man that takes from the rich and gives to the poor.

Genre: Adventure

Release Date: May 14, 2010

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