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Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


wwposter5The road for DC has been nothing but a bumpy start to their cinematic universe. With both ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ and ‘Suicide Squad‘ getting mixed to negative reviews things have been looking grim for Warner Bros. The tide may be turning however as Gal Gadot takes on the amazon warrior’s mantle in ‘Wonder Woman‘. In what is considered a must win situation for not only the studio but especially weary fans of the DC universe the trick may be the film’s new director in Patty Jenkins.

A strong and determined warrior in Diana Prince, Princess of Themyscira, befriends a German spy in Steve Trevor. After a confrontation that leaves her home in fear of the outside world, Diana flees with Steve to end the Great War in Germany. It is through belief that Diana fights side by side with the human race in believing there is more good then there is evil.

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Getting this out of the way, Warner Bros. has created a winner with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. What’s filled with action and adventure we get a good look at the character that has been the idol of many women around the world through decades past. The negative reaction first hand when Gadot was cast as the Amazon warrior was later silenced in her cameo appearance in ‘Batman v. Superman‘ alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. It continues in this film that not only does she prove the naysayers wrong but doing so with heart and determination.

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One of the things that stood out to me was how great of a job they were able to flesh out her character. Giving us a glimpse into not only her family heritage but also struggling to make understanding of the outside world with her relationship with Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine. While we’re mentioning Chris Pine, it’s safe to say he has great chemistry with Gal Gadot and it was without a doubt a plus for the film. It’s unfortunate of the circumstances towards the end of the movie but with that said Pine was a great choice to play alongside Gadot as they fought Ludendorff to the nail.

If we had to make a comparison I would say the writers did a better job in fleshing out Diana Prince as compared to how the writers for ‘Man of Steel‘ did with Clark Kent. With only being one of highlights it demonstrates a much improved script and in how to tell a cohesive narrative. There were even times where I made a comparison to Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ as in how they used a World War setting for their respective properties. Just imagine if we were to get a crossover of both characters and how amazing that could be.

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A well put together effort by Director Patty Jenkins puts this DC movie as one of the best films in the cinematic universe. And it also manages to balance tone and action without falling victim to being dreary and dire as in past attempts. It’s almost night and day from where we were last Summer as many were wondering if DC was in turbulent times. Could this mean we can look forward to a much brighter future for the upcoming DC properties and the eventual ‘Justice League‘ film? Let’s not jump the gun just yet but definitely ‘Wonder Woman‘ is a gigantic step in the right direction.

Rating: 7.8/10

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The Finest Hours (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


The_Finest_Hours_posterSet in 1952, an oil tanker is split in two off the coast of Massachusetts during a powerful storm as the crew rides the seas fighting to stay afloat. All the while Bernie Webber and three men from the Coast Guard set out to rescue the survivors of the sinking fleet. The movie is based on a true story and is considered one of the smallest rescue missions in Coast Guard history that saved 32 lives. Director Craig Gillespie helms the action drama along with stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Holliday Grainger.

The movie focuses on a sinking ship with Captain Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) directing his guys to safety. We also follow Bernie Webber, played by Chris Pine, who gets engaged to marry Miriam and the risks that come with being in the Coast Guard as it takes its toll on their relationship. By going out to sea on the rescue mission it doesn’t guarantee that Bernie or his men will come back alive. There being transitions between scenes on the oil tanker and the Coast Guard helped to not slow down the pace as we are constantly watching drama unfold.

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It’s difficult to discern who had the better performance between Casey Affleck and Chris Pine because they both equally shared screen time. Both were solid in their roles although Affleck as Ray Sybert had more of an edge since he had to find ways to keep the stern of the ship afloat. In a situation where half the boat is gone and waves are pummeling the ship he was strong, calm, and determined that essentially got him and his crew saved. For Chris Pine, the story of him falling in love with Mariam which then leads them to getting engaged felt uneven at times. This would continue on as Webber must head out to sea which didn’t sit well with Mariam as she felt it was too dangerous. So much focus was put on their relationship that the narrative wasn’t as focused as it could have been.

Your engaged while watching the movie and are entertained by it as well. Many people may not know about ‘The Finest Hours‘ but if you stumble upon it and decide to catch it you will find it enjoyable to watch. Even though the movie may not linger in your mind for a very long time it just so happens to be a small story with just enough production value to recommend.

Rating: 6.5/10

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