Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Amazon of the Week: Solara
I don't think The Book of Eli holds up all that well as a movie, but that doesn't stop me from appreciating the character of Solara (Mila Kunis). She doesn't start out especially tough - she's as frightened and dominated by Carnegie (Gary Oldman) as the rest of the town - but she's brave enough to take her chance at escape with Eli (Denzel Washington) when she sees it and soon becomes outright heroic.
Kunis is a huge part of what makes Solara a successful character. Even during her time playing the annoying Jackie on That '70s Show, Kunis brought a lot of strength and intelligence to a character who on paper only needed to be pretty and bitchy. She continues giving those qualities to her film characters, which is why I love watching her movies even when she's not wreaking holy vengeance with a submachine gun.