Top positive review
Sophisticated/More Action/Better Than Season 1.
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2020
The original movie was great. Season 1 was pretty good. Season 2 is impressive and so much better than the first in countless ways! I think too many people were laser focused on comparing all the aspects of season 1 with the movie (brilliantly acted by a young Saoirse Ronan), and inevitably, some were disappointed as a result. I binged this season straight through because it was hard to stop watching! Every episode got better and better, particularly towards the end.
Season 2 is definitely exciting; the tension and sense of danger are truly palpable, the drama is constant and the fights are badass (how often do you see groups of teen girls kicking ass like this?!). The storyline is creative and interesting, the acting and writing are believable, and the sophisticated directing, gorgeous cinematography, breathtaking international sights, action choreography and dramatic music are all on point! Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow created wonderful original music for the show.
Esme Creed-Miles does the lead role justice and she's more likeable and relatable this time around. Her British accent is hardly ever detectable. She spent 6 hours every day for months training in martial arts for her role, and I respect the hard work she put into this. She says that her character's main goal in Season 1 was to figure out who she was. In Season 2 she has to decide what to do with that information. She and Mireille Enos (one of the most compelling actors today) work great together. Their characters are both incredibly intelligent and talented loners working against the grain. They are both instinctively protective, shaped by trauma and loss, and extremely driven to help those they care about, no matter the cost.
Enos plays the CIA agent Marissa Wiegler who tries to protect Hanna as she attempts to rescue her friend Clara from the sinister Utrax program. These teenage girls are locked up, trained and socialized at a secret facility called The Meadows, given fake names, families and back stories so they can go out into society and be weaponized at a moment's notice. It's fascinating to witness their experiences and their growth as they begin to question their sense of morality and purpose.
This is definitely worth watching, even if you didn't love season 1. It's more of a mature spy thriller, it's unique and thoughtful, it's action packed and well paced, and it's a damn good show! The director, Ugla Hauksdottir, did such an awesome job (she also directed the action flick Salt starring Jennifer Garner). And the finale is, at times, simply spectacular. Season 2 of Hanna is excellent (although I really miss Joel Kinnamon). It absolutely deserves some award nominations. Sit back and enjoy!!