I have little doubt that this Charlize Theron action vehicle will be anything less than excellent. You can see it right there with the single-take, medium-wide shot quality in the first minute of this trailer.
But folks, we have to talk about trailer cutting. This one is a hot mess. First the cliche ‘slowed down pop song cover’ here New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle. Second the ensuing heavy-voice over montage is just a sloppy collage of scenes to a second song, this the original version of Queen’s Killer Queen. For a movie that is no doubt stylish, a lady version John Wick if you will: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. With high caliber talent – supporting Theron is John Goodman, Toby Jones, James McAvoy and Algeria’s Sophia Boutella – one would think they could have a little discipline and coherence in the marketing.
But fair enough to all this criticism of form, my butts in the seat when Atomic Blonde comes out.