It’s not often that I recommend new movie releases, either here on my blog or to people in real life, because, well, to be completely honest, I find most of what I see at the cinema to be pretty mediocre at best. I absolutely love seeing movies in theatres – I probably go to the cinema about once a week – but I have to admit that it’s never really because of a movie itself that I enjoy this hobby; like many other people, the reasons that I love going to the movies so much are because of the fun experience, the social aspect of watching films with other people and, my huge weakness, the buttery salty popcorn 🙂 It is extremely rare that a movie ever makes a real impact on me or truly captures my attention. BUT, just every now and then, I am totally caught off-guard by something fantastic.
The other day, I saw one such movie, ‘Atomic Blonde’, and… I LOVED IT. After thinking it over, I decided that when such a movie comes into my life, one that I think about long after the showing, that I want to go back and see again immediately, that I play the soundtrack to over and over again at home, then I really have a personal duty to inform others about it! I have ordered my thoughts about Atomic Blonde into 6 concise points or reasons why I particularly loved it and why I think you should go and see it right now. Enjoy!
- Strong Female Lead.
A while ago I started to notice a trend in my decisions when it came to choosing books/TV shows/movies etc. I discovered that I am highly partial to anything with a strong female lead, and this is totally fine by me! I love a girl boss, a top-notch heroine, a fierce femme, and I’m not ashamed to admit that such a character as this can either make or break a storyline for me. The lead role in Atomic Blonde, played by the goddess that is Charlize Theron, embodies all of the above. She is a bad-ass spy, she’s dangerous, smart, intense, sexy and generally all-round awesome.
- Set in Berlin.
When a movie is set in one of my favourite cities in the world, how could I help but love it! Maybe I felt a personal connection to the movie because I have been to so many of the places that were featured in it, or maybe it’s just because I KNOW how cool and hip Berlin is and this gave the film an extra depth for me. The city of Berlin would be, in my opinion, a brilliant backdrop to any movie, but gave particular significance to this one because of the era in which it was set. This brings be to my next point…
- Berlin in the late 80s.
So, the plot of the movie is centered around the rise of the people in Berlin in the late 1980s , which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In Atomic Blonde, we got such a feel for the atmosphere in this city at that time, and it was incredible! It was an era of punk/grunge/rock, underground parties, drugs, living for the NOW because you didn’t know if you would be alive tomorrow, power to the people… Seeing this story unfold in the movie made me WISH I could have been there to experience it all. One line in the film really stuck with me; ‘What a time to be in Berlin’.
I absolutely had to feature the movie soundtrack in this list because it is a complete winner. The lineup includes music by David Bowie, REM, Eurythmics and German/Austrian Artists Falco and Nena among others. The music captures the energy of the 80s, it drives the storyline of the movie, it brings the characters to life. I wasn’t such a fan of 80s music before seeing Atomic Blonde, but it’s pretty much been on it our house every day since and it just makes me want to DANCE all the time!
Atomic Blonde is dripping with sex and sensuality, and I am pretty convinced that the sizzling, smoking, fashion in the movie plays a large role in that. Long trench coats with sunglasses, racey metallic dresses, lace stockings and hold-ups and patent black high-heeled boots star throughout and I love it all!
- Twisty-turny plot.
OK, so, I wouldn’t put the plot itself at the top of my list of reasons to go and see this movie. We have all heard of the undercover spy agent completing a complex mission in a foreign country before. However, I will say that there are a few surprises in this movie and, without spoiling anything, the twists and turns that we are taken on make for quite a ride – don’t write the movie off as just another average spy thriller.