Marie Curie was the first woman to win a nobel prize, the first person and the only woman to win the nobel prize twice. There is a new movie out about her and Paul McGuire Grimes, our movie guy, got to sit down with the people who brought her to life.
RADIOACTIVE (Amazon Prime)
Rosamund Pike has been a Bond girl, was an Oscar nominee for Gone Girl and now tackles noted scientist Marie Curie in Radioactive. Marie Curie moved from Poland to Paris to study chemistry. It’s the late 1800s and the science field is clearly a man’s world. Pierre Curie, played by Sam Riley, takes notice of her and together their work eventually leads to marriage, the Nobel Prize, and would forever change the world.
-Radioactive keeps Marie Curie’s story and all of the science involved accessible for any moviegoer, even this guy who never did well in my chemistry or physics classes. She is a great role model for aspiring young scientists and reminds us of how truly innovative she was not early for her time but how we continue to utilize her findings today.
THE OLD GUARD (Netflix)
Charlize Theron has proven time and time again that she’s a jack of all trades. Any genre, any style. Theron is the leader of a group of immortal assassins. Her character, Andy, dates back many centuries but thanks to regenerative powers can survive any attack on her. Her team gets premonitions of a marine with powers like their own. Andy rescues Nile, played by Kiki Layne, and tries to protect her and the rest of group after their secrets are exposed by the CEO of a big Pharma group looking to extract their powers and use them for their own greed. It also stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ojiofor.
-It’s an exciting first film in what hopefully will become a franchise for her and these characters. It’s streaming on Netflix, which is a great home for this movie. I’m not sure if it would play and have the word of mouth it’s gotten if it were released in theaters.