Hanna is the kind of action film we need more of in abundance. It wasn’t made to become a franchise. It was made to be artful.
It’s incredibly well-acted, impeccably scored by the Chemical Brothers, and beautifully shot. I cannot get over how pretty some of the shots in this film were. The frames take into account the importance of shape, texture and coloring in a way you do not get often (or ever) in action films.
There are also so many visual and verbal references to fairytales, which is a major weakness of mine because I love it even when it gets a little heavy-handed. But even the storyline follows the narrative structure of a fairytale. A special little girl grows up in isolation and then sets out on a journey leading to a confrontation with the wicked witch responsible for her mother’s death and who she can undo just by existing. It starts in a desolate winter wonderland, takes you to an exotic desert and through industrial landscapes to end in a damp nightmarish fantasy world full lush greenery. I love that someone thought to take something so traditional and rooted in folklore and present it as an espionage film with just the right amount of science fiction to allow it to attain a certain level of fantasy.