A female version of James Bond? I’m sold. Not to mention directed by David Leitch who did John Wick? And, and, AND… CHARLIZE THERON? Take my money. All of it.
Now, did I love this movie as much as I wanted to? Not really. BUT, there are many aspects to it that I did like. A lot.
Charlize Theron kicking ass all on her own WITHOUT a stunt double was definitely one of them. She kills. Literally and figuratively. There’s definitely more of a connection to an character when you can see them fighting all on their own in a movie like this. You can see in behind the scenes videos how hard she worked on this film to make sure she genuinely was the ass-kicker she was betraying.
Another thing I loved about her character was she had emotion. In spy movies, it’s easy for a character to be very bland and emotionless (as their job would occasionally require them to be) but Charlize really put time into making her character have layers. For instance…
(This could be possible spoilers so DON’T READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE MOVIE. OKAY? OKAY.)
Charlize’s character, Lorraine, is bisexual. We find out in the beginning she had a romance with a male counterpart who ended up being killed. She later falls for a female French operative named Delphine. What the audience would assume to be a one-night-stand, turns out to be a very meaningful relationship to Lorraine. She cares for Delphine and the audience can see that. There’s a lot of love and heart to Lorraine, which really helps to make her character a lot more well-rounded and developed then most leads in a spy movie. She really has a connection with Delphine and she’s very intimate with her. It was a nice change to see in a movie like this!
Lorraine was easily the strongest part of this movie. The acting in general was. James McAvoy also did one hell of a job. Not to mention the action throughout it was incredible to watch as well. But where this movie faltered was with its story telling. It started off strong, fell off the wagon in the middle, then grew to be a little too convoluted at the end. I think there was a lot of excitement in wanting to create a complex character that they got a little too carried away. This is something that can be seen many times in spy-thrillers, but once a director or screenwriter gets a good hold on the character that they want then the sequels turn out progressively better.
I’d definitely like to see more Lorraine Broughton in the future. I’ll watch Charlize Theron kick ass any day.