Red Sparrow [2018]

Directed by Francis Lawrence, “Red Sparrow” tells the story of Dominika, an ex-ballerina who enters a “Sparrow School”, where she learns to seduce, manipulate and use her body as a weapon. After acquiring her new abilities, Dominika is sent to her first mission as a spy, targeting a CIA agent.

“A solid espionage thriller that’s lifted by its charismatic leads, Red Sparrow commits to the brutality of its subject matter, meaning it’s never easy viewing.” Total Film

After reading a couple of bad reviews and seeing how not-well rated this movie is, I thought this movie would be bad but honestly, I was pleasantly surprised.

Despite being long and slow, I really enjoyed this film, I think the story is very interesting and Jennifer Lawrence is truly amazing in her role as a Russian spy [I think the role really suits her]: I really enjoyed seeing her as a charming and impossible-to-read ex-ballerina however, her performance did not amaze me, in fact, I almost think her acting was too monotonous [throughout the whole film, she made that same stoned-face, seriously and it’s not the character’s fault. It’s the director’s.]


Photos retrieved from IMDB

This movie has everything to be a success: a good story, an amazing actress and a good cinematography however it lacks the spark and the thrill. Even though, I liked this movie, I was not at the edge of my seat [except when I watched the gory scenes cause they were quite disturbing] and it is not as “seductive” as it’s supposed to be.

In general, this movie leaves a lot to be desired but is not a complete disaster.

If you enjoy gory/thriller movies, then I definitely recommend “Red Sparrow” but I don’t think it’s a must-watch. I rate it a 3/5 just because I think the story is really good and I really liked the ending.

5/5: Excellent

4/5: Very Good

3/5: Good

2/5: Bad

1/5: VERY bad! 

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  1. Coyote from Orion
    March 5, 2018 / 9:12 am

    Pretty sure I won’t see this film. Thanks for your review though. It is good to read that my prejudices are not wholly justifiable. I do enjoy your style and eye for film, both sacred and profane.
    Am desperately waiting for more films to come out down here. It is pretty bad though not bad enough for Australia to want Rolf Harris back here.

    • Joy🌻
      March 5, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Hahahh yes!! Well thanks a lot xx

  2. March 5, 2018 / 9:15 am

    I have been wanting to see this movie. I was reading that it could be based on a true story about the spy Anna Chapman that came to NY and was getting close to some information, but then they discovered she was a spy and deported her a few years ago. Great post! xx

    • Joy🌻
      March 5, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Aahh not sure but it’s possible!! Thanks a lot for reading xx

  3. March 5, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Ah! Too bad! The trailer looked very promising. I enjoy these kind of stories, and I love dancing, so I thought combining the two could only be a winning combination for me! I might not watch it in the theater, but if it is available to watch on our next journey by plane, i’ll certainly give it a chance! Thanks for the review 🙂

    • Joy🌻
      March 5, 2018 / 9:30 am

      Yes, it’s not really a waste of money as I enjoyed it but well!! Thanks a lot for reading xx

    • Joy🌻
      March 5, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      and thank you for reading xx

  4. Makeup by Erin
    March 6, 2018 / 1:51 am

    This movie really intrigues me, don’t know if I will see it, but lovely review as always! xx

    • Joy🌻
      March 6, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Yes it is quite different! Thanks a lot for reading ❤️

  5. March 6, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Great review! I was on the fence about this one, but I think I’ll probably give it a miss x

    • Joy🌻
      March 6, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      yeah, it’s not really a must-watch! thanks for reading love xx

  6. March 6, 2018 / 10:49 am

    I am very indifferent about seeing this. If I do it will be for Lawrence, good to hear she turns in another amazing performance!

    • Joy🌻
      March 6, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      yes, it’s not Lawrence’s best film but it’s worth watching it if you like her!! Thanks for reading xx

  7. March 6, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I think I only saw the trailer once and it didn’t reel me in. You do make it sound a bit interesting and it’s nice seeing actors take on different roles than what they’re known for. I may* check it out but no promises lmao