As I stated in my Instagram post, Atomic Blonde is the film that redefined sexiness for me in 2017. As someone who feels uncomfortable watching a majority of sex scenes, I finally was not. There is something comforting in this pairing of girls, and finally we have a bisexual film hero who, although overly sexualized, is badass, confident, and will take a man down. This is so important to me because it is so rarely seen, and when it is, it’s usually referenced or joked about. Her bisexuality passes naturally through the diegesis. I never had any particular feelings about Charlize Theron before this movie, but now I wonder why I slept on her so long. She was stunning for the part. Yet another admirable bit about this movie is her fashion and shoes: mostly black and white to contrast the lighting, and naturally sexual.
Although not an 80s movie, this film harkens back to the time for me with the soundtrack. Made up of Bowie & Queen, George Michael, New Order, and Depeche Mode, as well as a few of the popular German songs of the 80s, it feels vibrant and pulsing with energy. The setting and lighting bring us back to the 1980s feel, and the stunning color combinations of neon lighting give flavor to the darkness of Cold War Berlin, and give intense energy to the nightlife of a torn city. It heightens the sexual tension of the love scenes, and this is in clear contrast to the cold, clinical light of the present day and action sequences.
A killer soundtrack. A stunning, fashionable bisexual heroine. Colorful neon lighting. Bomb action sequences. Comfortable sex scenes. An 80s throwback. As one of the pull quotes I read stated: “This is the movie we need right now.” How correct it is.