This movie felt fucking long as hell! The runtime was 2h 21m while one of my favorite movies, Fight Club (1999) was 2h 31m meaning that Red Sparrow might have just been drawn out and boring? I DON’T KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS MOVIE! Red Sparrow directed by Francis Lawrence (Director of the last 3 ‘Hunger Games’ films, ‘I am Legend’, and ‘Constantine’) Starring Jennifer Lawrence was about a ballerina that went through an accident and then witnessed some shit that she had no business doing but her fucking weird ass uncle put her through it so she had to become a spy.
I will tell you right now, I got lost on multiple occasions with this film. It wasn’t bad but it just felt very long. And at times I’m just wondering,
“What the fuck is happening”. And it’s not a good WTF either. It’s literally me being lost.
Jennifer Lawrence’s acting was crazy amazing. She has so much range. She is one of those actors that you can just tell can feel her character to the max and channel any emotion and feeling into it.
I also loved the use of wide-angle lenses in this movie. Usually, in films, they will just use a long focal length and go all the way back to establish someone walking or establish a building. But this movie was not afraid to play with the lens distortions. And when I think about it, I think that this was done so that we can feel how Dominika (Jennifer Lawrence) feels in the film–out of place and disoriented. Throughout the entire film, she is being pushed to do things that she is not comfortable with. Therefore the filmmakers slapped on a lens that would make the audience subconsciously feel uneasy.
I had no idea that this movie was a book but there was a couple of reasons why I was able to suspect that it was:
a.) The film felt like it was a bit choppy. Things were happening just to happen and it seemed like they were there for a reason but it’s one of those things where you can really only understand what is really going on unless you read the book. I know you guys know what I’m talking about. There was a lot of essential missing information that you can really only get from reading.
b.) The knife fight gave it away. A few summers ago I decided that I needed to stop reading so much nonfiction and mess around with some fiction. So I picked up a Jason Bourne book. “The Bourne Ascension”. I bought it to analyze the way that the action scenes were being translated into writing. While watching Red Sparrow the pacing of the fights reminded me of that Jason Bourne book, the way that everyone was just stabbing and cutting away at each other.
This post is not meant to be a long one. I ultimately don’t know how to feel about the film and that is mainly because I’m not familiar with the books. But my big philosophy is that if you adopt a movie from a book I shouldn’t HAVE to read the book in order for me to feel complete. I’m not saying the film did a bad job of translating. But so much was going on where it would have been easier to follow had I read the book. The point that I made in example a.
Overall Red Sparrow was not bad but I’m going to have to give it a 6.5/10. Mainly because of the simple fact that I wouldn’t watch it again. The best part of the film was Jennifer Lawrence’s acting. Other than that it’s not a film that I can see myself remembering about for a very long time. It’s one of those movies that you can play in the background at a party (maybe).
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