I did get back to a Friday evening that allowed for movie viewing without distraction by other topics. We did get to our usual two film special, yet there were only two of us, this time. No matter; both films were fun!
Hanna was the first feature! It begins with an introduction of a little girl being raised alone, by her father, Erik (Eric Bana), as they live in the Nordic woodlands of Finland. He teaches the young Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) to fend for herself, to learn to hunt, to fight, and to kill. It is after she enters her teen years, and she reaches his level of total approval, that Erik allows Hanna to enter into society.
As a former C.I.A. agent himself, Erik sends Hanna to complete an undercover task. Hanna is sent to recover an item for Erik, yet she faces obstacles. Secret agents that are lead by the stealthy operator Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett) are out to stop this plan at all costs.
It is Erik that Wiegler believes is out to capture her secret item. Her agents are suprised to find Hanna at the scene, and they believe that she can be eliminated with ease. Yet, her seemingly simple looks are taken for granted, as Hanna suddenly becomes lethal, elimating the agents with deadly force, and with such levels of simplicity.
Her journey leads her to encounter two children. The kids talk to Hanna, then they leave. Meanwhile, secret agents have locaed Hanna’s father, Eric. She has proceeded into Morocco, where she is surprised to find that she is skilled with modern technology. At that point, Marissa Weigler appears.
While Hanna is exploring her technical skills, she also learns that she has abnormal genetic readings. She is able to escape Europe, and she ends up in The United States’ southwestern region. There, Hanna finds that an agent called Ms. Sophie (Jessica Barden) is out to get her, too!
While Hanna is exploring her potential in The U.S., Agent Wiegler is there, seeking her. Hanna gets to meet a young woman named Marissa (Michelle Dockery), who seems to be trying to help her. They spend time together, winding up at a carnival, where more agents appear to be after Hanna.
It is only after Hanna learns that agents are out to kill her father that she learns about Marissa not being who she claims to be. Hanna goes onto discover that she has greater capacities than the average human, being skilled in fighting, mental capacity, and technical ability. Hanna uses her newly discovered capacity to battle the agents who try stopping her and are able to kill her father.
Yet, upon defeating these agents with seeming ease, Hanna is able to escape the agents, at least for the moment. She now knows that she is not the average girl next door, and that her skills have provided her with unusually high levels of strength and intelligence. Now, as she is free to roam the world, more of the story is sure to come!
Our second film was the comedic Your Highness! It is a comedy (?) surrounding a royal family during The Middle Ages. The story actually begins with the showing of a warlock who is trying to kill a young maiden. It flashes ahead one hundred years, and a kingdom is in danger of being overtaken. It is up to the princes to save the land.
King Tallious (Charles Dance) has left his sons in charge of handling all possible threats. The catch is that both of the princes are morons! One of them is named Thadeous (Danny McBride), who is lazy and pompous. The other is Fabious (James Franco), who is to be a champion, and who is set to marry the lovely Belladona (Zooey Deschanel).
The evil sorcerer of the kingdom named Leezar (Justin Theroux) has made a plan to kidnap Belladona. It is when Fabious returns from a hunt with the head of a cyclops that he learns about her abduction. King Tallious sends both of his sons after Leezar, and to return Belladona to safety. However, during their journey, the brothers have to battle a giant troll (Michael Clarke Duncan), to elude a dwarf queen, and to escape the wicked incantations of Leezar.
As always, more features are on the way! I am looking forward to X-Men: First Class, having been a fan of this storyline since childhood. I am interested in seeing how the tale is taken backward into the time before Professor X and Magneto became enemies, and they were youthful friends discovering that they were a little different. Also, I want to see which other mutants will be introduced into this chapter of the storyline! It opens June 3!
I am anticipating other films, too! They have Thor looking hot, as it starts May 6. It will feature Natalie Portman (she is busy…), Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Rene Russo, with Sir Anthony Hopkins as Lord Odin, and Chris Hemsworth as Thor!
Green Lantern will premiere June 17! For those who recall that comic book tale, this film will feature the Green Lanterns from across the universe! I do not know the full plot, yet. I know that I saw Angela Bassett in it, along with Tim Robbins, and with Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan / Green Lantern!
Several more movies are anticipated! Super 8 looks exciting, as it opens June 10. The next Transformers film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, premieres July 1. Shia LeBeouf will be back as Sam! The next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, opens July 20, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens May 20, Captain America: The First Avenger opens July 22 (Chris Evans is The Cap’n), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (the final story) opens July 15, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens June 24, and Kung Fu Panda 2 opens May 26!