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Author Topic: Red Sparrow  (Read 209 times)

Robert Neville

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Re: Red Sparrow
« on: June 02, 2018, 12:30:53 pm »
It finally opened in Russia, and the critics are as brutal as you might have expected. Here are some choice quotes:

"As awkward as the Russian spoken in the film, and as unconvincing as Jennifer Lawrence's acting. Currently the worst film in her career...It's far too focused on the heroine's suffering and frustration, even though the only thing her stony face can demonstrate are the occasional scratches and bruises.

Red Sparrow is the logical peak for the rather average director Francis Lawrence and the highly overrated actress Jennifer Lawrence, who can only be shaped into something acceptable by a master on the level of Darren Aronowski.

Red Sparrow is adapted from the 2013 novel. Its brief description from those who read it - 50 shades of Kingsman....Having chosen to adapt semi-pornographic trash, [Francis] Lawrence didn't dare make his job easier and take it a bit less seriously.

According to her uncle, Lawrence has an unparalleled gift to see through people and be a step ahead of them. Which doesn't really gel with how she failed to notice the very plot that destroyed her career in the theatre in the first place... Apparently, American film-makers believe Russian secret services can only obtain data through their bodies. Obviously, the noble Western agent immediately feels something wrong and doesn't succumb to her charms. That might be because the "sparrow" checks into Budapest pool under her real name, which belongs to the former prima ballerina of Bolshoi. It's surprising no-one manages to recognise her on the street in spite of that.

Russian opposition website 2/10 review, complete with a list of five other films (from Bridge of Spies and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to From Russia with Love) they recommend instead:

The return of the cold war has long stopped being a prediction of reckless futurologists, and became our reality. The only question is whether it's in full swing already, or is still ramping up. However, it's one thing for the politicians to excitedly play these games, and another thing entirely for the culture to join them. A few days ago, Ministry of Culture of Russia was pitched project "Tolerance" - a script about a European province, dying under the yoke of migrants and sexual minorities. It would have been nice to say that the West is smarter, and no longer engages in such cliches. But then the Red Sparrow is out.

It's hard to believe it's set in our time. It's even harder to believe it was filmed these days, and not 40 years ago... The only solace in this situation is that even the cold war is hybrid today. Hence, Red Sparrow will is getting a painless Russian release, and Russian cinemagoers will have a full opportunity to laugh at the foreign screenwriters' fantasies.


Even a Ukrainian website gave it two stars, stating it was one of the worst spy thriller of recent years and had no redeeming qualities, leading to comments voicing the idea of getting them investigated by SBU (Ukrainian KGB).

 

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