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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.

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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

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

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Batman has not been seen for ten years and new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era? 

With long time ally commissioner James Gordon retiring, the Gotham authorities want the returning Batman arrested.  Not to mention old foes wanting a reunion and the fact that the Feds want the Man of Tomorrow to put a stop to him once and for all.

With Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about some old Superman and Batman films and graphic novels. I’ve already reviewed Man of Steel HERE if you want to check that out. However, today is all about Batman, kinda.

You see The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller actually features Batman verses Superman as one of it’s main plot lines. The movie is rumoured to be not too heavily influenced by this piece of work, but hopefully it at least learnt some lesson from it because it’s really good. I recently read the graphic novel itself however I’ve also watched the two part animated adaptions as well. I loved them both, though I think I actually prefer the animated versions a little bit more.

The thing to take note of in this storyline is Bruce Waynes age, he’s 55 years old now. His body isn’t what it use to be, he’s carrying a lot of emotional baggage. Guilt, frustrations etc. Sound familiar to the Batman V Superman sub plot? Good. It should.

This graphic novel is why I’m looking forward to this movie, because I’ve seen this clash done right. I know how well it can be done and I’m optimistic that Ben Affleck’s Batman will capture at least some of the spirit of this one. I’m also concerned that the movie is trying to do too much at once, so that it won’t have time to flesh out the characters enough. That remains to be seen, but currently it looks a lot like Spider-Man 3. Too much crammed into one movie.

The animated version is broken up into two separate films. The first half focuses on Harvey Dent and the Mutant Leader, while the second is all about The Joker and Superman. This decision allows for the movies to be paced correctly, slowly feeding you the plot rather than shoving it all down your throat so it can get to the conclusion.

In a way you could consider the plot line of The Dark Knight returns to be somewhat of a retirement tour. Four big enemies to best before his body calls time on his war against crime. The big difference between this plot and the up coming movie however is that in this universe, Batman and Superman are already friends having fought side by side and against each other in the past. In Batman V Superman, it’s the first time they lock up. So that will be very interesting to see.

I’m hopeful for Batman V Superman, but if it turns out to be a stinker. Watch or read these instead. I highly recommend indulging in either version of this story available to you. Check them out!

Verdict: Thumbs Up

Man of Steel [Film Review]

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Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human however he has extraordinary powers. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.

When Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. He is forced to reveal his identity as the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Superman is one of those comic book characters that I’ve never truly gotten into. Certainly never loved like I do with others. I mean, his kind of boring right? Basically unstoppable, so why should I care? Rocks are his weakness? That’s lame. I know, I know. You’ve heard those excuses before but they’re true!

It didn’t help that the only Superman film to come out during my interest in film was Superman Returns. Which kinda sucked big time. It had a good starting idea, Superman returning to earth. The world a different place to how he left it. However, the exacution was poor to say the least. Lets be honest, the film was garbage. So in classic Hollywood fashion, we get this reboot instead! Continue reading