Director: Francis Lawrence
Writer/s: Justin Haythe (screenplay by), Jason Matthews (based upon the books by)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, and more.
Before I begin, I must say it is nice to go back to my normal flow of things after that Oscar content rush I had. As always, thanks for coming along the ride with me everyone! I forever am appreciative of my readers.
With this post, we look into the film “Red Sparrow”, and we look into, well, uh… a lot in regards to the content of the film. I will elaborate later but for now… It would be fair to say I was not expecting much of this film. Russian Jennifer Lawrence being a sexy killer spy. How bad could it be?
“Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’, a Russian Intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.”
**Minor spoilers ahead, very minor
“Red Sparrow”, for me, was a conflicting movie in regards to a positive or negative rating. Which means it mostly warrants an average rating but allow me to break it down a bit first.
To start, this film is filled with shock-value moments. If I could speculate, most people could assume that this film was going to have a “sexy” and sexual vibe to it but “Red Sparrow” pushes past that limit. It exceeds this limit to a point of cringe and discomfort. For some, maybe this is a good thing in regards to being some kind of powerful and emotion inducing movie moments but for others, it simply is cringe-worthy to sit through. However, if “Red Sparrow” was trying to push this cringe as shocking film material, why do they abandon it halfway through the film? Most of the shocking moments are filled in the first half of the film then it goes strictly into an espionage type film. Had this film been more uniform in style, I probably would have had a more positive experience despite the discomfort of the scenes.
Performance wise, I had a troubling time with this film on this category as well. While I do not feel it is necessary to say that all actors within the film did badly, I can not say they were great either. Everyone aside of Lawrence seemed like they were just getting by. They were delivering their lines and that was the end of it, even Edgerton whom I am usually a big fan of. Lawrence on the other hand, had power in moments scattered throughout the film. Then in others, she seemed to forget she was Russian. Regardless, yet another element providing more proof for an average rating.
Lastly, this story was both interesting in points and boring in others. The story continued to feed its complex element but would consistently lull to such a point where it became hard to sit through and not just for those cringe moments I spoke of before. At a 2 hour and 20 minute run time, this film was entirely too long. While it abandoned its first hour of content, that section could have easily been omitted or shortened in my eyes. I do not know, when focusing on the key points that furthered the plot. The film had its exciting and gripping moments but they were buried in pointless drivel.
“Red Sparrow” ultimately was all over the place with introductory content that shocks audiences but then is completely abandoned in order to transform into this “complex” espionage film that circles itself consistently until it decides it is time to say, “Hey, this is what happened to prove our complex plot twist!”. “Red Sparrow” is not a failure in my eyes. Just a film that could have done way better than what I took away from it. Shock value and a partially engaging story calls for a positive 5 out of 10 rating.