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A Spoiler-Free Review of Wonder Woman

I have just recently watched the new Wonder Woman movie and I’m proud to say…it was awesome!!! Now as a young woman for years I have had to watch men be the heroes. Yeah, there were a few women around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but they weren’t the ones to save the day. They were just part of the team and would probably never get their own movie. That’s why Star Wars has been so much fun to watch. When the galaxy needed saving I had the pleasure watching Jyn and Rey kick butt, take care of themselves, and be important role models to everyone around the world. In the superhero world, there weren’t any super powerful women. And even though Wonder Woman appeared briefly in Batman vs. Superman she still was just a sidekick, a part of a team. Well, she isn’t anymore. She is now front and center and is the new hero of superhero movies throughout Marvel and DC Comics.

I have to say, I was a little skeptical. When I saw all of the raving reviews I was excited but not convinced. What if these reviewers were saying it was good but really it was actually kind of terrible? What if was good to some people but I wouldn’t like it? I’m so happy that wasn’t the case. From the very beginning, I was engaged.

Wonder Woman’s homeland of Themyscira was breathtakingly serene and gorgeous. The story was engaging. And the Amazonians were amazing. They were diverse, strong, beautiful women who were ready to fight and defend themselves at any moment. It was amazing looking around the fictional world and seeing only women. There weren’t any men anywhere! I was beaming inside.

Then Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor, showed up and everything took a turn for the worse (and I don’t mean that in a bad way.) There was an epic battle upon the beach of Themyscira full of butt-kicking women, bows and arrows, and horses. Did I say it was epic? After the action sequence, Diana began to follow her destiny and her story truly began.

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There were many awe-inspiring moments. One, in fact, was when she had to face a battalion of soldiers and it was so incredible it nearly brought me to tears. The visuals of seeing a woman be that powerful and that heroic is something I have never seen before in a movie. She jumped into the fray against all odds, her male companions had to follow her advance, it truly was a beautiful sight. And the choreography was very impressive. It was so fluid and perfect that I just have to applause Patty Jenkins for the incredible job that she did. I can tell she really put her heart and soul into this movie.

I enjoyed the fact that there was actually humor in the film. DC has been getting a lot of backlash for having overly serious, dour movies. I was glad to see them incorporate humor without it feeling forced or worse, for the movie to actually not be funny.

Now the movie isn’t perfect. There were a lot of cliches and slightly predictable moments. One of my least favorite aspects of the movie was the romance between Diana Prince and Steve Trevor.

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Yes, I understand they’re supposed to have a love story and I know every DC Comics movie has one but I just felt that it was a little forced. The relationship between her and Steve didn’t seem realistic, it slightly dampened the strength of Diana, and if felt kind of unnecessary at times. Take Rogue One, for example, Jyn and Cassian could’ve easily had a love story but there wasn’t one because it would’ve been unnecessary and would’ve felt forced. That’s why when they died at the end of the film it was actually sad because they had literally just realized they liked each other. When Steve and Diana’s relationship comes to a crossroads I didn’t really care. I had no empathy for the two and was actually very glad about how things turned out. And I am a very sappy person. I’m a fan of love stories so when you mess up one I definitely feel a little offended.

The message the movie sent, however, was very profound and very important to the world we live in now. After all of these terrorist attacks and just crazy things happening it’s nice to go watch a movie that refills you with the hope that there’s something good in this world. And what mother or father doesn’t want to take their daughter to an empowering movie about a powerful woman overcoming some of the greatest odds.

Now if you’re wondering whether it’s appropriate for your children it totally is. There is an awkward conversation about procreation between Diana and Steve, Chris Pine is nude at one point, and there is an intimate kissing scene but besides that, the movie is perfectly okay.

And I’m happy to say there is a plot twist in the movie. One thing I love is when I try to figure out how a movie is going to end and something entirely different happens.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable film that you should definitely take the time to see. Out of a 100, I’ll give it a 93. It’s only because there were some considerable flaws that just couldn’t be overshadowed by the epicness of Wonder Woman in action. It’s undoubtedly the best DC movie so far, without question. And it is the best DC film since The Dark Knight. I’m definitely going to get it on Digital HD when it’s available just to at least watch the action scene on the beach and Wonder Woman in action on loop.

Well, that’s my post. I hope when you watch it you’ll enjoy as much as I did. And to all women and girls, Girl Power!

 

My Excitement for Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is coming out this Friday and I am beyond excited. For the last nine years, Marvel has dominated the superhero genre with their incredible storyline that has now spanned fifteen movies. And to their credit, most of the movies are very enjoyable. DC, however, has only in the same amount of time made about five movies. That’s a big difference. And to top it off most of the movies received terrible reviews despite all of the money the movies made. Now I personally enjoyed Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman but they still weren’t up to the standards of Marvel’s nonstop blockbuster machine. Now 2017 has come and I have to admit I am more excited to watch Wonder Woman than two of the Marvel films coming out this year (Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man.)  Here are the reasons why.

DC Comics Have Epic Superheroes

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When you compare the epicness between the two comic superpowers DC Comics will always win. Yes, Marvel has the flashy Iron Man, the heroic Captain America, and the thunder-wielding god Thor but they could never compete with the likes of the shadowy Batman or the immensely powerful but good-natured Superman or the extremely awesome Wonder Woman. Now ever since I learned anything about Wonder Woman I was instantly hooked. She had those bullet-deflecting bracers and the golden lasso of truth. That’s all she needed to win me over. Now she has a sword and a shield and Wonder Woman has reached her most epic incarnation. Even though Batman vs. Superman was a little long and a tad bit annoying at times the best parts of the movie clearly involved Wonder Woman. From when she sparred with Bruce Wayne in a mental contest (she won of course) to when she fought Doomsday like a boss I was thoroughly impressed. On top of that, the actress they chose to be the new Wonder Woman is perfect. Because she is Israeli her accent makes her seem like she could really come from some fictional island of women warriors. And she’s a naturally beautiful woman who embodies the essence of everything Wonder Woman’s supposed to be. Yes, Marvel has great superheroes I have learned to love but DCs’ superheroes will always be more epic.

This Will Be The First Female Superhero Film In Over A Decade

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In a time when Hollywood is trying to be more inclusive, this is the perfect time to have a female superhero get her own film. Black Widow has been part of the Marvel Universe for seven years now. She has proven to be an interesting character in the movies and has grown into one of the most easily recognized heroes in Marvel. And yet she still hasn’t been given her own film yet. In fact, there still won’t be a female superhero-based film for Marvel until 2019! Isn’t that ridiculous? I know they’re trying to get there but they definitely could’ve done something better than they have. DC, however, has not let the poor reviews sway them and decided to invest all of their hopes and efforts into this new Wonder Woman and I can tell. The more I see the commercials for the upcoming film the more excited I’m getting. All I can think when I see those action scenes is this movie is going to be awesome!!! I can’t wait.

And Did I Say It Looked Epic?

Part of the reason why a movie is so enjoyable is the cinematography. A movie can be good but if it looks terrible I won’t watch it for two minutes. Wonder Woman is already proving to be a beautiful movie that’s going to really pop in IMAX. The environments, the fighting sequences, oh I’m getting giddy just thinking about it. I haven’t been this excited for a movie since…The Force Awakens came out which is saying something. And I love that they had a female director be the creative vision behind this film because it only makes sense. Let’s see Wonder Woman through a woman’s eyes instead of a man’s. Let’s see her tell the story of the powerful superhero.

Yes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out earlier this month but they did so much advertising it literally made me not watch the film. I’ll just wait to see it on Google Play. On top of that it looked terrible and surely enough it wasn’t as good as the first one was. In July Spider-Man is coming out but after watching four trailers for it I’m also not that excited. It’s going to be a typical Spider-Man movie except Peter Parker is actually being played by someone who looks like a teenager, Iron Man is in it (which is really the only reason I’m excited about the movie,) and it’s a Marvel movie so I know it’s going to be enjoyable. It doesn’t, however, scream epic or the best Marvel movie ever made. It’s just going to be a decent superhero blockbuster that’ll make people laugh and make people happy.

Wonder Woman is going to be an epic movie and it’s going to give even the best Marvel movies a run for their money. In fact, it’ll probably be better than ninety percent of the Marvel films that have come out. That’s why I’m excited to see this movie.

Well, that’s my post. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it on this fine day wherever you are in the world. And if you’re a woman or girl and is just as excited as me to watch this film I say to you Girl Power!

DC Comics’ Redemption Tour Begins With The New Justice League Trailer

Marvel has been the king of blockbusters for the last seven years and for good reason. Their movies have been sensational to watch and besides the Batman movies directed by Christopher Nolan which ended this decade there haven’t been any superhero flicks to top the Disney owned franchise. DC Comics has tried to become a competitor in the superhero genre with their occasional films like Green Lantern. That flick failed terribly and to make it even worse Ryan Reynolds, the actor who portrayed the green wearing superhero, played Deadpool, a character in Marvel, and it was a smashing success. DC Comics kept trying to make epic films but audiences did not respond well to the movies. Now I enjoyed Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel. I thought that Man of Steel was a well made movie with an epic score and an awesome villain. Batman vs. Superman was enjoyable because it had a lot of dialogue and there was an intenseness about the movie I enjoyed. There were mistakes like Lois Lane being in the middle of everything and their casting for Lex Luthor but all in all I truly enjoyed this film.

Now it’s a new year and DC Comics has decided to come swinging with two movies this year. The first is Wonder Woman which will be coming out in June. It looks like the first half of the flick will be very enjoyable but the second half seems to be filled with slow motion, a semi-epic fighting sequence, and not that great of a story. It’s been nearly two weeks since the latest Wonder Woman trailer came out and now DC Comics has brought out their first official Justice League trailer. Take a look.

After watching this trailer I was thoroughly impressed. I’m not a fan of epic movie trailers containing guitar style music but this worked. There were so many great elements to this trailer that I’m seriously pumped.

First of all, did you see Aquaman?! I have never thought Aquaman was cool from the cartoons with that blond hairdo and his orange and green scaled suit. I guess Warner Bros. didn’t think that would be too cool as well so they got this new guy to play Aquaman and he is incredible. He’s tall and lean, his suit is a very appealing color, his trident is so cool it’s undoubtedly going to become a great prop for Haloween, and his abilities seem to be very powerful. I can’t wait to see him in action in the film.

The second coolest person in the movie was once again a surprise because it was Flash who I thought looked amazing. Flash’s action scenes are going to be so much fun to watch and his suit looks great.

I also enjoyed seeing them put a little bit of humor into the trailer because a lot of peoples’ complaints about these DC films were the fact that they are so dour.

There were also some great moments in the trailer like a flash of what looked like two huge armies facing off in what seemed like an appalling battle scene. There was the last bit with Aquaman on top of Batman’s car which screams EPIC! And there was just a lot of beautifully CGI’d fighting scenes that had me beaming with excitement.

The main reason why I believe this movie is going to be a success is because they didn’t really show anything. Yes it looks like they’re going to have to defend Earth from a bunch of scary looking aliens but who’s going to be the main villain? And obviously Lois Lane is going to be in the movie so that’s interesting because you know, wherever she is there’s always something happening.

Not only was the trailer’s content fun to observe but it was aesthetically appealing to the eyes. It was so gorgeously epic and clear that whether the story will be good or not it’s going to be spectacular to watch in IMAX.

Is there anything negative about this trailer? Not really. I do hope there’s some reduction on the slow motion for Wonder Woman’s fighting scenes. Cyborg could definitely be a little cooler. I never imagined Cyborg looking like that if he was real but I guess it’s difficult to make a man/robot look as epic as someone like Aquaman. Everything else however was five stars.

Yes Wonder Woman is the first DC film to come out this year but I think Justice League is going to be the movie that’ll redeem the epic brand. This movie wasn’t at the top of my must-see list but after that incredible trailer I’m excited for November.

Well that’s my thoughts on the new Justice League trailer. Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the trailer and I would like to wish you a beautiful Monday.

 

A Few of Summer’s Blockbusters Have Some New Trailers,but Are They Good?

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This is the third trailer for Wonder Woman that I’ve seen and I have to say after watching it I have a feeling DC Comics will once again have made a film that just isn’t up to par. Here’s the reason why.

The first fifty or so seconds of the trailer where it’s showing Diana at her homeland is remarkable. It is everything I expect from a Wonder Woman movie. Then it gets to London and that’s where the trailer starts to decline rapidly. There’s too many clips of her fighting. It’s like they’re trying to make sure you know that’s she’s going to be epic but instead left me wondering why is there is so much slow motion? Is every fight scene with her going to involve slow motion because if that’s the case this movie is not going to be good.

Secondly there’s a shot of Chris Pine’s character in what I’m guessing is the cockpit of a plane but the way they have the camera angled is really disorienting. What’s up with that?

Third, the humor at the end of the trailer wasn’t very funny and felt kind of forced. I know DC movies have gotten a bad wrap over their dour movies but don’t incorporate humor into a movie if you can’t execute it right. Marvel does it so effortlessly I forget how difficult it is to have humor in a superhero flick without making it feel ridiculous.

All in all I give this trailer a B- and that’s only because of the beginning of the trailer. Judging from that trailer I have a feeling this movie is going to be beyond awesome while she’s with her Amazonian sisters but as soon as she leaves to go to London the movie’s story and action will start declining ever so slowly.

The only, truly positive thing I can say about this movie is I still have no idea what it’s about except she left her home to come save the world but from what? There’s that woman with the creepy mask, I’m guessing she’ll be a serious threat. The man however is a mystery to me because obviously, as you can see from the trailer, he can actually fight Wonder Woman which means he has to be some sort of powerful being or something like that. The other positive thing is the fact that Wonder Woman was the best person in Batman vs. Superman so maybe her movie will be enjoyable.

Whatever the case I still want to see Wonder Woman but I hope it’s better than this trailer was.

Transformers: The Last Knight

This was an absolutely abysmal movie clip. I was so excited for this new Transformers up until this point. The trailers were so epic, despite the fact that the CGI was pretty horrendous. I couldn’t wait for late June to come because this movie was at the top of my must-see list. Well, after this movie clip it has dropped considerably.

I have nothing against children in movies but when there are kids just in the middle of stuff I find myself always asking, “Why?” Take Iron Man 3 for example. When Tony Stark was stranded in Tennessee and he had to get help from that little boy the story got boring and little corny for that small section of the movie. Now thankfully it was brief which was highly appreciated because if that boy had been with him the whole time the movie would’ve ended up seriously failing.

Let’s say these kids are throughout a large chunk of the movie. That won’t be good because the entire time there will be Transformers and soldiers trying to keep these frightened children safe and the movie will be horrible. Why do the writers for Transformers always do this? The action in each movie is top notch but the story is always mediocre or worse than mediocre. I really thought they had gotten it right this time but that movie clip has definitely started making me think twice about this movie’s success.

There is no doubt I still want to see this in the movies because I know the action is going to be off the chain! And if the CGI still looks as bad as it does now the best place to see it will be at the movies where it won’t be too horrendous. This is your last movie Transformers, please be good.

Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

I love Pirates of the Caribbean. I’ve watched the first one, the second one, and the third one. I tried to watch the fourth one but gave up on that film fifteen minutes in, it was that ridiculous. This is going to be the final adventure Jack Sparrow will undertake and I’m pleased to see that Disney is saving the best for last.

This trailer, from beginning to end, is exceptional. There’s humor that actually made me laugh, action that looks the best out of all the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and the story is superb. Disney has truly become goliaths in the movie industry these days. Everything they make is amazing. They’ve made Marvel an empire for superhero movies, they’ve taken Star Wars to an entirely different level, they’re recreating all of these classic children’s movies and stories into live-action films that are simply stunning to perceive, even the animated films they make are so cute and well made that adults and children can enjoy them. And they’re bringing diversity to movies unlike any other company in the film industry. I already love Disney World but now they’re making my movie experience something really special.

I mean, look at the difference between this trailer and the Wonder Woman trailer or the Transformers movie clip. It’s so much more aesthetically appealing compared to the other two movies that it’s kind of embarrassing if I’m being honest.

Well that’s my opinion of these three movies. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and I wish everyone who reads this a good day.

What I Think About The Lego Batman Movie

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The Lego Movie was great because it was hilarious. I mean it was a very, very funny movie. From the comical song “Everything Is Awesome” to the Milennium Falcon showing up with Lando, C-3PO and Chewbacca trying to find Naboo so they could go to a party. And yes, Batman was the funniest character in The Lego movie with his grumpy personality and his “sweet” ninja moves. This is the thing though. While I watched The Lego Movie I never felt like I was watching a children’s film. Yes it was an animated movie and yes it was for children but even I could enjoy it at the age of fifteen. With The Lego Batman Movie I couldn’t and let me explain why.

It has been three years later and I am much older and mature than at the time The Lego Movie came out but that’s not the reason I didn’t enjoy this movie as much. It just wasn’t as inventive and genius as The Lego Movie. For the first, I’d say twenty or so minutes, the only main characters in the movie were Batman, The Joker, and a little bit of his butler, Alfred, and I have to say this was when the movie was at its best. Batman is so funny. I was chuckling throughout the entire first section of the movie. In fact there was one part that was so funny it literally brought tears to my eyes. Then the other characters came into the mix such as Robin and the new commissioner Gordon/Batgirl and the movie began to decline rapidly.

The jokes, which at the beginning of the film, were smart and hilarious became corny and not that great. The story ended up going in circles about family and Batman not wanting to bring the notion of a family back into his life because he was afraid to lose people who are close to him again. It was the longest hour and forty-seven minute movie I’ve ever watched…and I don’t mean that in a good way. For at least an hour of the movie I knew exactly how it was going to finish but it took way too long to get to the point. At the end it seemed like the writers were trying to squeeze tears out of the audience with this too long sentimental moment that had me sighing in exasperation. When the movie ended and the credits came on I was so relieved. I was like, “Yes, the movie’s finally over!”

Another thing this movie missed were the songs. I was getting a serious Rocky IV vibe from this movie and I’ll tell you why. Rocky III has one of the best movie songs ever with “Eye of the Tiger.” That song was so good that Rocky IV tried to do the same thing and had, I think, three songs. The songs for Rocky IV however were very corny. Unfortunately that’s what happened with The Lego Batman Movie. “Everything Is Awesome” was such a perfect song for The Lego Movie that they tried to make some good songs for The Lego Batman Movie and ultimately failed. Now Batman had his own theme song which I will say is very funny and should have been the only song in the movie. Alas they went overboard with the music and therefore lost me in that category as well.

Now I will say the animation was spectacular. The action scenes were amazing and really had me nodding my head in appreciation. I watched it in a regular theater but I definitely see why it was put in IMAX. That category of the movie was spot on.

Even though I didn’t like the movie as much I still think it’s a great children’s movie. It really explained the value of family and I always think it’s nice when a children’s movie or tv show teaches an important life lesson. This movie would definitely be an A+ for children between the ages of three and eight years old. Older children might not enjoy it as much but I’m sure they’ll still love it. This movie is definitely not catered to people eleven years old and up. It’s just a little too corny. If you have young children though I highly recommend you take them to this film. They will have a splendid time.

This is how stark the contrast was for me and the type of movies I usually watch. The last movie I watched in the movies was Rogue One. Yeah, the movie where everyone on the poster died. That’s a lot different from The Lego Batman Movie. Now I’m not saying I don’t like PG movies. I watched Zootopia last year (congratulations on the Oscar by the way) and I loved it. I loved how they really brought to mind how animals would live if they lived like us. And the area where the mice resided was genius and hilarious. I also watched Frozen and I loved that film as well. Who doesn’t love Frozen though? I haven’t seen Moana yet but one day I will definitely watch it because I do enjoy Disney’s animated films. The Lego Batman Movie just happened to be one of those films where the content was too young for me.

Lego Batman is once again the highlight of the film. He is so funny that I kind of like him more than Ben Aflleck’s version of Batman. Sorry Ben but you’ve got to step it up. If the movie had solely been about Batman and there weren’t any sidekicks I have no doubt it would’ve been much more enjoyable. Unfortunately that was not the case so I give this film a solid B.

Well that’s my opinion on The Lego Batman Movie. Thank you for reading my review. Be sure to come back tomorrow because I will be talking about the new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. Until then I hope you have a great day.