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People in Film | Joe Wright
Posted March 09, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Joe Wright"
Hanna’s director may have grown up in a puppet theater, but with each film, he proves that all the world’s a stage, he’s the puppet master.
© Joe Wright on the HANNA set in Berlin
Joe Wright | Taking Fairy Tales Seriously
For some, the action-packed fairy tale Hanna might seem a sharp departure for filmmaker Joe Wright, who has previously been celebrated for bringing to life such literary classics as Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Yet in many ways the film links together many of Wrights’ interests: the focus on strong female characters, his artistic use of landscapes and regional architecture; and his ability to connect tales to archetypes. For Wright, “The story as a whole has a lot in common with fairy tales like the Little Mermaid or Hansel and Gretel. There’s a family – of sorts – living in a wood cabin in a forest, and rites of passage unfold in the story; the child has to leave the house and go into the world, and experiences and meets evil – which has to be overcome. Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories; they’re moral stories about overcoming the dark side, the bad.” In the same way, he breathed new life into celebrated novels, Wright pushes the fairy tale into a whole new realm –– a super-charged, adrenaline-fueled, no-holds-barred techno realm. Indeed critics felt this same sense of exhilaration. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers describes how “the gifted Brit director Joe Wright excels at knocking you off balance and forcing you to rearrange his puzzle pieces in your head.” In the end, says Travers, “the movie becomes like nothing you've ever seen. I'd call it a knockout.”