Earlier this week, 20th Century Fox released the second trailer for Red Sparrow, and almost immediately, the comparisons to Black Widow came flooding back in. The very next day, news went public that Black Widow would be getting her own movie, finally. Funny how that works.
What took Marvel years to figure out, Fox was a little quicker to pick up. Audiences WILL go see a female-led action movie if it looks at least halfway competent. After films like Supergirl, Red Sonja, Catwoman, and Elektra all bombed, the narrative was that people wouldn’t watch stuff like that with a woman in the driver’s seat. But all those movies had one thing in common – they were terrible. Enter films like Lucy, Atomic Blonde, and Wonder Woman, and suddenly, female-led action fare can score at the box office. Hence, Jennifer Lawrence starring in what looks like it could have been a draft for a Black Widow movie if Marvel hadn’t been dragging their feet for so long.
The comparisons were obvious when the first trailer dropped back in September, but with this new trailer, it’s unmistakable.
Jennifer Lawrence is a likable, talented young actress, and this movie looks fun. The recent resurgence of quality, non-Super Hero action movies (which hopefully includes this one) is refreshing to a fan of the genre. For a while there, it seemed like Jason Statham was the only guy willing to do that stuff anymore, but over the last few years, we’ve gotten gems like John Wick, Mad Max, Edge of Tomorrow, and The Kingsman – all of which featured A-list stars and solid scripts. And I know that Max was a reboot/sequel, and Kingsman was a comic, and Edge came from a manga, but at least John Wick only FELT like a comic. The point is, we’re getting back to some of those old school, over the top action flicks of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and Red Sparrow, though more solemn looking than Atomic Blonde, could find itself on that list too. Here’s hoping!
Red Sparrow co-stars Joel Edgerton (Bright), Mary-Louise Parker (RED), Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop), Joely Richardson (Event Horizon), and the great Jeremy Irons, from The Lion King, Justice League and Die Hard: With A Vengence. The was directed by Francis Lawrence, who previously worked with JLaw (no relation?) on the last three Hunger Games films, but before those was best known for the mediocre Constantine movie, and Will Smith’s I Am Legend. Red Sparrow was penned by Justin Haythe (The Lone Ranger, A Cure for Wellness) based on the novel by Jason Matthews.
The film is set for release on March 2nd, opening against another action release, the Death Wish remake from Bruce Willis and Eil Roth.
Images: 20th Century Fox