the dirties (matt johnson, 2013)
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hanna (joe wright, 2011)

I needed some escapist fare, and my wife had seen and liked this one, so I went for it. Joe Wright has directed several films I've seen ... I liked the first one (Pride & Prejudice) the best, was less impressed with Anna Karenina. In all of his films, Wright is a busy director, prone to showing off. Hey, it worked for Orson Welles.

Hanna is just as visually complicated as the others, and Saoirse Ronan as the title character is the best thing about the movie. Ultimately, though, the film is much ado about nothing, which in fairness was just what I was looking for. Cate Blanchett as the villain and Eric Bana as Hanna's father/trainer are good. The soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers has won praise ... I confess I didn't notice it.

Strong action scenes, solid performances, an excellent star turn for Ronan ... who could ask for anything more? No one, if you're looking for escapist fare. I couldn't shake the notion, though, that Wright was up to something greater, something I never found. There are elements of fairy tales that are intriguing ... there's certainly more than enough here to pass a couple of hours. Later a TV series with Esme Creed-Miles.



We've liked the series better than I liked the movie. I think I expected too much of the movie. The series gave it the time needed to get to know the characters. Also, the twist on Marissa's character has been great. Mirielle Enos FTW

Steven Rubio

I didn't realize it was also a series, but afterwards, I remembered Robin watching it not that long ago. I think she found them equally good.


Different, for sure. If the series was attempting any allusions to fairy tales, it was too subtle for me to pick up on.

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