Jennifer Lawrence Claims She's Not Into Sex Because She's A "Germaphobe"

Jennifer Lawrence Claims She's Not Into Sex Because She's A

Everyone wants to corner the market for the next big female action franchise.

"The film is about survival and seduction", observes Jenno Topping. And Martha wasn't the only person to notice. It got the female lead part down, but skimped on the brains. Director Francis Lawrence goes out of his way to make her suffer, treating her with a callousness that rekindles memories of Hitchcock's behaviour with his "blondes" in films like The Birds and Vertigo. Dominika is a prima ballerina with the famed Bolshoi ballet company, but an "accident" ends her career, imperiling her lifestyle: a comfortable apartment provided by the Bolshoi and medical treatments for her ailing mother, Nina (Joely Richardson). Fearing the loss of her home and inability to care for her ill mother, Dominika takes up her uncle's persuasive offer for a job with the SVR.

Some praise ex-CIA agent Jason Matthews' novel Red Sparrow, calling it it a return to the days of John LeCarre and Ian Fleming. By basing Dominika's skillset on her seductive talent, the film fails its protagonist in every way.

You could certainly find reasons to watch "Red Sparrow".

Specifically, this movie sees Lawrence seize power sexually as an actress that she hasn't had the chance to before. They stayed fairly close to the plot of the Red Sparrow book. That's a discussion about Red Sparrow's potential in the first place and how that potential compares to its ultimate reception at the box office. She has to move from traumatic moment to traumatic moment with no time for character. Lorraine, on the other hand, can not be fooled by hope, kind words or even love. I'd miss this one if I were you.

This is a woman who has been a survivor from the time she was a child.

In some ways, the "Red Sparrow" resembles the raw Swedish thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". According to Huffington Post, Jennifer Lawrence famously admitted to dieting for this film, but not to become ass-kicking ready. Forced into her situation, she looks for any opportunity to gain control and get out.

Translation: Lawrence stars as ballerina-turned-secret agent Dominika Egorova.

I think Lawrence is at somewhat of a turning point as an actress - an A-list name among actresses in Hollywood, she now has no franchise to exclusively stake her claim to, and recent releases ("Mother!" and "Passengers", for example) haven't quite caught on at the box office. She has only ever put out one good performance and that was in X-Men first class. Two rapes in the movie? GTFO. Clearly, a man made that decision.

"Red Sparrow" is showing at the Sonoma 9 Cinemas.

I don't recommend Red Sparrow; it's an ugly film with a pornographic sensibility, but it's also not very good.

Her mission is to get close to Joel Edgerton's Central Intelligence Agency agent character Nate Nash (pour one out for that creativity) and figure out who is the mole inside of the Russian government giving information to the U.S. Which, of course, means, sexy bathing suits and a "romance".

At the outset, the sinister Vanya shows Dominika that he holds his late brother's girl deep in his heart - at a level that's uncomfortably submerged, as anyone paying attention will suspect early on. While Lawrence is eye candy on the screen, the rather wooden and underdeveloped Dominika character is neither captivating nor particularly relatable. Dominika does rely on intellect, but she's literally coached on what to do by all the other male characters. Last year's Logan, starring Hugh Jackman as a very long in the tooth Wolverine, had its share of "strong bloody violence" (as the BBFC likes to call it) but again, audiences knew in advance what to expect. Who is playing whom is hard to say. "They did so - and the film sailed through with its "15". This is something Patty Jenkins understands and it's why Wonder Woman set off a wave of ripples that Hollywood will desperately try to replicate. There were some unnecessary scenes that could have been replaced with character development.

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