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Perhaps Nunn tried to do a bit too much with this film, layering this woman's secret past with themes of feminist and anti-war sentiment. When the film focuses on the characters in the past, it builds a driving thriller tension...
What one perceives in this movie is a particular passivity and several errors in the development of suspense, melodrama, and almost any appeal related to the spy film, or even the biographical film. [Full Review in Spanish]
Red Joan itself is reportedly based on the story of Melita Norwood, who passed the Soviets' information on the West's nuclear development. Sadly, Norwood's Wikipedia page is more of a thrilling yarn than most of Red Joan.
This is the first movie in 22 years for director Trevor Nunn, and it really should be his last unless he demonstrates some flair for the medium...Red Joan doesn't even work as a cautionary tale about watching who you mix with at work.
Director Trevor Nunn has opted for the early-bird special filter here, presenting a story that should be thrilling and investing as one that's too tepid and safe to successfully connect with the masses.
Although never properly coming together, it still offers some strong period detail, lots of talk and good work from Sophie Cookson, who plays the young Dench in flashbacks, even if she doesn't look at all like her.
In technical terms, it's a proficiently made film by the evergreen Trevor Nunn -- or it would be if it were not so determined to embrace all the cliches of the moment, both about British spies and films for women.