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Review: Wonder Woman

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Before becoming Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot who tells her of the war to end all wars that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time and finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Oh wow, it actually happened! A good, no, a great DC movie! I, along with the rest of the world, had given up hope yet after the disappointments of Man of Steel (although admittedly I thought that was okay, though flawed), Batman Vs Superman and Suicide Squad comes Wonder Woman and it’s really quite good!

I loved pretty much everything about this film and sat there with a great big dumb grin on my face for the entire time. If DC can correct their course for the rest of their cinematic universe things might just be okay again.


Wonder Woman is showing DC the way to make decent superhero films, but can they do it again?

Wonder Woman is everything it should have been and more. It shows that you don’t need to go all in on gritty and real and depressing to make a great superhero film. How has it taken DC this long to make something that’s worth watching? It’s fun, endearing and the action scenes are great too. Stylistically its excellent, the humour is spot on and it actually shows genuine heart as well. Wonder Woman is 100%, completely and totally bad ass.

The relationship between Diana and Captain Steve Trevor is the linchpin of the entire movie. The chemistry between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine is excellent. In fact to be honest, both are just excellent throughout. Pine is charming and confident while Gadot is equally as confident, strong, independent, noble and caring and sexy as well. Yet at the same time slightly naive too. It’s a perfect combination.

Here’s a thought, Wonder Woman wasn’t directed by Zack Synder and it’s a good film. Coincidence? Well, no not really. As he didn’t direct Suicide Squad and that was all sorts of horrible. What it does seem to show is that everyone was on board with the vision of this film and worked towards it, unlike the absolute messes that have occurred previously.

Instead Wonder Woman is the first ever superhero film to be directed by a woman, which is all sorts of crazy. Patty Jenkins, who was briefly signed on to direct the sequel to Thor, did a fantastic job here. Again I loved the stylistic choices, I thought everything looked great and the tone was spot on. I wonder if Marvel are kicking themselves for letting her go now?

If you haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, put aside your disappointments of previous DC movies and go out and see it. You won’t regret it.

Verdict: Thumbs Up


Star Trek: Beyond [Film Review]

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A surprise attack forces the Enterprise to crash land on a mysterious planet. Left stranded, Kirk and the rest of the crew must now find a way off their hostile planet before another attack can happen on the nearby starbase, Yorktown.

Star Trek: Beyond might be the biggest cinematic disappointment for me so far this year. I really wanted to enjoy this film but the reality is, I was bored. For the majority of this movie, despite it’s near constant action. I was bored.

Dr-McCoy-Star-Trek-Beyond-poster.jpgLet’s start of with those action scenes, at no point throughout the duration of this movie did I feel like a single main character was in any danger. At all. So the stakes, which theoretically should be large, are never felt. As a result, I didn’t get invested. So I didn’t care.

The writing is lazy. The character development is so minimal you could argue it doesn’t exist, in fact I would. Have you seen the other films? Good, because that’s all you’re getting in regards to it.

It’s particularly bad for the villain, Krall, who just exists, as a baddie for baddies sake. He get’s so little time spent on him that by the finale what little they give him is rushed, fumbled and wasted. In the end he’s just another generic alien who wants to kill everyone. Not only that, but his final moments open up a massive plot hole from early on. After the Enterprise crash lands the crew use an old starship to escape. Which apparently was a huge surprise to Krall, despite the fact he should have known it was there the entire time!

The scale is all wrong throughout the film as well. Krall commands a fleet of tens of thousands, but when the crew are attempting a rescue mission at his base. It looks like there’s three tents and a couple of rocks. Where did everybody go?

For me the only real saving grace for this film is the interactions between Spock and Bones. Which are admittedly quite funny. Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban bounce of each other very well in their respective roles. For me, Karl Urban is the unsung hero of this film as he is in many of his others.

Overall, Star Trek: Beyond was a film I really wanted to enjoy, but I left the movie theatre incredibly disappointed.

Verdict: Thumbs Down