Movie Review: Hanna

Title: Hanna
Director: Joe Wright (Other movies directed: The Soloist, Atonement, Pride & Prejudice)
Starring:  Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett

I first saw a trailer for Hanna only a couple months before it hit theaters.  I was excited about this movie from the get go.  I’ve been a fan of Saoirse Ronan (Pronounced Sear-shuh Row-nun for anyone not Irish) since City of Ember, which was a mediocre movie.  She had energy then, and I’m glad she’s finally getting into some big movies (she’s rumored to be in the Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit).

It’s a good thing that the movie had such a strong actress in the lead role, as the movie relies heavily on her character.  Very few scenes are absent her presence, but she easily steals scenes from both Bana and Blanchett.

The story is well put together.  There aren’t any big twists to speak of, but the movie doesn’t need them.  The premise is interesting and new, and the story line moves well.

The acting talent throughout is good, especially the family she hitches a ride with halfway through the movie.  They really feel like a family most the time, and I remember thinking exactly that while watching the movie.  Saoirse has an intensity and focus throughout the film that really sells the character.  Bana’s humble performance is spot-on.  I feel Blanchett was a bit miscast in her role, but she is too experienced an actress to let that get in the way.

The sound effects and music were used sparingly and well.  The locations were excellent and varied, not letting the eye get bored with any monotony.

Overall, the movie is well worth a watch.  It has no real weak points except perhaps wanting for some more depth, but it doesn’t really need it.

My score: B+

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