Review: ‘Wanted’

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  1. Russ Rogers says:

    I had only a mild interest in seeing "Wanted" before this review. Some of the Matrix-ish camera work was intriguing and the fact that it was adapted from a comic book. But, other than that, not much to catch my interest here. Now, I think I can miss it. At least until it gets cut and run on TNT.What will keep me away from this movie more than Rick's review is the poster. Specifically, Angelina Jolie's elbow. Here we have a woman who has starred in several high profile action pictures. "The Tomb Raiders," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and now "Wanted." You can make the case that Jolie is currently the biggest female action star in the movies. And she is frighteningly skinny. I know, it's terribly sexist of me to just focus on a woman's body. Even more, just one aspect of her body. But LOOK at Ms. Jolie's forearm in this poster. It is the centerpiece of this image. Except for the cryptic tattoos, this arm does not imply power, this arm doesn't even imply feminine grace. This looks like one of those "reality shots" from an After-School Special on Anorexia Nervosa.I can't say that Angelina is anorexic. She might just be naturally thin. It happens. But this is not a body that says, "I'm an action star!" Maybe that is part of Ms. Jolie's appeal in an action movie, that odd juxtaposition of strength and power, next to a body that looks like it would blow away in a strong breeze.There is no questioning Angelina Jolie's beauty, her intense stare or her acting chops. She's a fine and beautiful actor. But how many times have we seen shots of how much muscle Toby McGuire added to play Spider-man convincingly. "Electra" may have been a crappy movie, but I can buy Jennifer Garner as a powerful woman.I wish the aesthetic for female action stars was more, "Wow, she put on a LOT of muscle for this role," and less, "Wow, she certainly slimmed down for this one!"

    • Karl Cramer says:

      When the camera looks at her face straight on, Jolie is beginning to get that skull outline that women who are too obsessed with excercise get. I call it the Madonna Death Mask effect.

  2. Karl Cramer says:

    Rick, you forgot to mention that all the "amazing" stunts looked really CGI. For example, the action on top of the subway felt like what it was, the actors were on a green screen stage somewhere. Compared to the Spidey/Doc Ock train fight in Spider-Man 2 where it felt really exciting and dangerous.

  3. Rick Marshall says:

    Ack. Looks like I made a slight mistake in my rush to get this on the site amid all of the Chicago chaos. The review was actually written by Matt Raub, our resident movie marksman.My apologies, Matt! Blame it on the convention hub-bub!

  4. Linda Gold says:

    Matt, thanks for clearing up my confusion with your review. I thought I had read this comic but could not get my recollections to jibe with what I was hearing about the movie. I am relived to see I am not losing my mind (at least not over this). I really have no desire to see this movie now.

  5. Adam Shaw says:

    Thanks for this review. You have summed up all of my frustrations on this one. I am a huge fan of the comic and when I heard they were leaving the supervillians out, I couldn't believe it. I went to a panel at the New York Comic Con with Bekmambetov and one of the first questions asked was why aren't they in costumes? His answer was, "Assassins don't want to be noticed." I wanted to scream out, " They're not assassins!" And they don't wear costumes all the time just in their underground lair. It would have been such a great movie if they had stuck to the original idea. I thought the success of 300 and Sin City had proven to film makers that for comic book movies, the closer you stay to the source material the better.