Atomic Blonde is a great soundtrack in search of a film.
I think my anger with the film is because of its wasted potential. It could, and should, have been so much better.
The acting is solid, as is the directing and the technical stuff. The make-up department deserve an Oscar nomination. No, seriously. A character goes into shock and they made the character up to the right shade of pale.
The problem is the plot.
It makes no sense. No, seriously.
Without the last two "twists" (neither of which is a twist if you'd paid any attention during the film), it just about makes sense, because of some serious legwork by the actors, mostly Charlize Theron.
With the penultimate twist, ( spoilers )
Unfortunately, that's when they throw in the last twist. ( Which isn't really a twist and ruins all that has gone before )
In short, when your most sympathetic character is a Stasi agent, there is something wrong with the film!
I'm not even going to go into the really weird thing where there is only 1 German actor, who gets no lines in German. All the other Germans and Russians are played by Scandinavians. Now the amassed Vikings all do a damn good job (no, seriously, all my love for Roland Møller and Bill Skarsgård) but if you're actually filming in Germany, which this was, it's a bloody odd casting choice.
While the film is nothing like the advert, I am willing to give the ad makers props for one thing. ( Spoilers )
In a more fandomy way, you know the concept of a Remix. I would love to see Remixes of the film from the perspective of spoilery dead characters.