Hanna Directed by: Joe Wright Written by: Seth Lochhead & David Farr (screenplay) Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, and Olivia Williams
Looking at a DNA report that concludes the subject is “Abnormal,” is probably the last thing a teenager needs to see. Though when said teenager has just finished disposing a handful of government agents like life were on the “Easy” setting, it may be the least of her worries. But Hanna (Saorise Ronan) still looks slightly wounded when looking at that piece of paper. It’s one of the few moments director Joe Wright stops to smell the emotion in this thrilling exercise in kinetic action.
Hanna begins in the arctic wilderness, where her father (Eric Bana) has kept and trained her since he went rogue from the CIA. She was bred for tactical assassinations, something he infuses with his own agenda. Hanna is tasked with taking down Marissa (Cate Blanchett) the woman he claims has killed her mother. Wright never lingers in loss or death in this film, putting Hanna in constant motion throughout. It is a vision of what last year’s Kick-Ass would’ve looked like had the subject been only focused on Hit-Girl and her father.
Tangled Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard Written by: Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (fairy tale) Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, and Ron Perlman
You’ve seen this place before. The polished forests, trickling streams, song birds chirping in a synchronized melody- you’re in Hell, only this time it looks more polished.
That may be a bit hyperbolic to describe Tangled, the latest Disney princess delusion to sweep children up on waves of fantasy and take them to a perfect world that will never exist. The images are distinctly old school, reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. These days, though, Pixar is the bulk of Disney animation, and their technical and story wizards work behind the scenes (the company’s John Lasseter serves as producer) to salvage this movie from destroying itself. It’s not a bad pairing at times, with beautiful images and story-telling subversion that are well above this movie’s call.