Wonder Women Review

This was one of my most anticipated movies of the summer, and this is also one of first female led super hero movies in a while (the last one I think was Elektra), and this movie did not disappoint, in fact I think it is one of my favorite comic book movies.

This is also another movie in the DC Extended Universe, and this one focuses on the origin story of Wonder Women, who was first introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The story takes place during World War I, and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands of Diana’s island of Themyscira. After finding out about World War I, Diana assumes that the atrocities were brought on by Ares, the God of War. Diana then goes with Steve to London to find Ares and hopefully stop the war.

After a rough start to the DCEU, this is the first film I enjoyed from start to finish, it delivered some great action set pieces. The first one was where the Germans invade Themyscira, it delivered a great action scene, and what made it great was that it involved a bunch of women kicking so much ass. My favorite is when Diana comes out of the trenches and is just holding the line, and my whole theater was clapping and cheering throughout that scene.

 

While I did have reservations about her initial casting, Gal Gadot was great as Wonder Women, and she really understood how the character is both strong, but also has emotions, which is the core of Wonder Women. Chris Pine was also good as Steve Trevor, and both Diana’s and Steve’s relationship was really well done and developed. When Diana first came to London, it provided a lot of humor which featured Diana trying to figure out the world around her.

I also did like the supporting such as Etta Candy (Lucy Davis), Steve’s secretary. She did provide some good comedic scenes, and I kinda wish she was in it more. I also liked Steve’s war buddies, which I reminded me a lot of the Howling Commando’s from Captain America. But I felt the villains were a bit underdeveloped, and I think that’s a problem with a lot of the recent superhero movies.

The direction was also very good. Patty Jenkins directed this movie, and this is one of the first superhero movies to have a female director, and she brought up the essence of Wonder Women, while some the action scenes had some slow mo, it didn’t feel like it was too much. I am so glad that she is signed up for Wonder Women 2, and I hope she could possibly direct Justice League 2.

What surprises me, was that it took this long to make a Wonder Women movie. While there has been female led super hero movies before, most of them were terrible, and the studios would see it as a risk. Hopefully thanks to the positive reception of this movie, we could see more female superhero movies, like, Captain Marvel, or a better Catwoman.

Wonder Women, was a fantastic movie that had me smiling the whole way through. It was not just a great female-led Superhero movie, but a great comic book movie.

Grade: A

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Beauty and the Beast: Movie Review

Hello everyone,

Here is another movie review, which was one of my most anticipated movies Beauty and the Beast.

This is the one I was very concerned about because out of all the live action adaptations, this is the one I remember seeing the original in theaters. But I have to say is that I really love this movie.

The plot is basically the same as the original in which a prince gets turned into a beast by an enchantress and has to fall in love in order to break the curse.Belle is a smart girl who dreams of something more. After her father gets imprisoned by the Beast, she takes his place. If you are familiar with original you pretty much know how it the story goes.

While I will say that the original animated version is better, but the 2017 film did a great job at recapturing the magic of the 1991 version, and reintroducing the story to new fans who haven’t seen the original. It was great hearing the original music and I loved the new songs such as, How Does a Moment Last Forever, and Evermore. They even fixed a few plot holes such as how long the cruse take, and  Belle’s mother.

Emma Watson did a good job at playing Belle, while the singing could have been better, you felt as if she was the live action version of Belle, but there was a few bits of Hermione in there, with her loving books.

Dan Stevens, who portrays the Beast also does a good job as well. While he didn’t have the same aggressiveness like the original. He does do a good job at portraying the Beast’s softer side when he begins to fall in love with Belle.

Luke Evans plays Gaston, and he was amazing really playing up the alpha maleness of Gaston trying to woo Belle, with of course Belle not having any of it and I actually like is the portrayal of Gaston a lot better than the original, with even more doucheness as the original.

Even the supporting characters had a lot more development than teh original such as Le Foe who was more than just Gaston’s lap dog, and the servants who even had more to lost from the curse.

In the end, Beauty and the Beast was a great adaptation of the original, that felt as if you were loving and watching the original. The new songs are great, and adds to the movie I am very excited to see what other live action Disney movies come out.

Grade: A

 

Logan: Movie Review

It’s been a while since I did a movie review, and what better movie to review than Logan, the latest movie within the X-Men universe.

Logan is the third solo Wolverine movie, with this also being Hugh Jackmans seventh appearance as the character, (ninth if you count his cameos in both X-Men First Class and Apolocypse), and as usual he was great as Wolverine.

The story takes place in the year 2029, and Logan is basically a limo driver, driving people around and trying to get money to buy a boat. It never really give us any insight on what happened to the other X-Men, but I think without going into spoiler territory, you get a brief mention about them. Also the adamantium is slowly killing him, which is delaying with healing powers. He is also tasked with transporting a young girl, Lara (Dafne Keen) who is basically Logan’s daughter and X-23. He is also aided by Prof X (Patrick Stewart), whose mind is deteriorating which cause seizures, and effects his powers as well. The movie is basically a road trip movie with Logan trying to protect Lara from bad guys who are trying to get her and experiment on her. It seems very basic, but it works in this movie.

First of all, Hugh Jackman was amazing as Logan/Wolverine. You get a sense that he has been through a lot as a character, and you get a sense of growth from his time on the first X-Men movie to this one. Also has his last appearance as Wolverine this was the perfect swan song for him.

Patrick Stewart is also amazing as Prof. X, who also been through a lot and you see how the relationship between Logan and Charles. That was also his last appearance as Prof. X, and boy does he give a good performance.

Another great performance was Dafne Keen as Lara, who I would describe as Eleven from Stranger Things with Wolverine claws, and while she doesn’t say much in the movie she gives a really good performance mainly through facial expressions.

What also made this movie was the R rating. While a majority of comic book movies are PG-13, an R rating gave this movie a lot more edge to it. You will see a lot of blood and gore, which is what is needed for a Wolverine movie.

In the end, Logan was everything that a Wolverine solo movie should be. It had great depth and character, while also delivering on the action. As a final outing for both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, they did amazing in their roles.

Grade: A+

 

Suicide Squad Movie Review

Hello everyone,

Here is another movie review for one of my most anticipated summer movies Suicide Squad.

If you read my trailer review you know how excited I was for the movie, and to be honest I actually enjoyed it.

Suicide Squad is a group of people from Task Force X who are recruited by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to do the tough jobs and be a fail safe if a worse version of Superman comes to Earth.

What made the movie good for me was the cast. The cast worked really well together and you actually cared about the characters and most of them had good arcs mainly El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). But the two stand outs were Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). I could see why Will Smith sat the Independence Day: Resurgence out. It was also exciting to see Harley Quinn in live-action for the first time and Margot Robbie did a great job at the portrayal. This movie also got a good performance out of Jai Courtney.

I also loved how the characters interacted with each other and seeing many difference personalities clash with each other, but also cares about each other and the bar scene really did a good job at establish their characters.

A negative that I have for this movie is the main villain. The villains plot as a average “take over the world” with a device that we seen in Avengers, X-Men Apocalypse and the Ninja Turtles. I also felt the villain was not as developed as I wanted it to be and it was your average comic book movie villain without a lot of depth. I also would have liked to see more Joker (Jared Leto), but since he wasn’t a part of the squad it is understandable why he wasn’t in the movie. While Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill are my favorite Jokers I think Leto did a good job at making the Joker his own.

I also felt some of the editing was a bit choppy and while some of the use of music worked well for the movie, there was other times that it felt a bit tacked on.

In the end I thought the movie was really good and I felt the critics were a bit harsh on the movie. I felt the positives outweighed the negatives and I still liked the movie.

Grade: B+

 

X-Men Apocalypse Movie Review

Hello everyone,

Sorry, that I haven’t posted in a while. I was extremely busy being away at several graduations including my own so I haven’t had time to read or post.

For this post I am reviewing the latest X-Men movie X-Men Apocalypse.

For my history with the X-Men, I grew up reading the comics and watching the 90s animated series, I do know about a lot of the characters and story-lines. Now lets talk about the movie.

The movie picks up 10 years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Brian Singer back in the directors chair. The Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters is back in session with Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) leading the school. Mutants aren’t seen as a viable threat thanks to Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) role in saving the president from the last movie. Also what has happened back in Egypt was that what was said to be first Mutant has reawakened and wants to take over with the help of his Four Horseman. Angel (Ben Hardy), PsyLocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexanra Shipp) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

The X-Men has to use some new students which include Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheriden) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in order to stop Apocalypse from destroying the world.

I really liked this movie. While it wasn’t as good as First Class or Days of Future Past, it still did a good job at adapting the Apocalypse story, but also gave us a sense of danger on how Apocalypse was such a threat and needed to be stopped. I thought the new X-Men or the younger versions of Jean, Scott and Kurt were very good, especially if it was their first mission.

I also loved that they brought back Quicksilver (Evan Peters) from the Days of Future Past and used him again for this movie by having him actually join the team. If you liked his scene from Days of Future Past, you will defiantly love his scene in Apocalypse.

While I did like this movie, it wasn’t without flaws. I think it had some pacing problems in the beginning which was basically playing catch up from the characters of the last movie. Another weak aspect was how Mystique spent most of the movie in “Jennifer Lawrence” mode. I thought Jennifer Lawrence did a good job, but if you read the comics the aspect of Mystique is that she doesn’t hid who she really is, it also defeated the purpose of her arc in First Class.

I also felt the the Four Horsemen, aside from Storm and Magneto didn’t get their fair share of development as I thought they should have. But that would have made the movie 3 hours long.

In the end, I enjoyed X-Men Apocalypse, while not as good as First Class or Days of Future Past, it was still an enjoyable X-Men movie.

Grade: A-

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

The summer movie season has finally started and it started with a bang with Captain America: Civil War. This is the third Captain America movie with Chris Evans fifth appearance as Captain America (six if you count is cameo in Thor: The Dark World).

This movie is now one of my favorite stand alone movies since Winter Soldier, and my second favorite overall movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The movie starts off as an ordinary mission with the Avengers lead by Captain America with Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and Falcon. Something goes wrong and now the Avengers are being asked to sign the Sovakia Accords which has the Avengers work for the government. Everyone has a different side of what they want to do, Tony Stark agrees while Steve Rodgers disagrees. But at the signing of the accords something goes wrong, Bucky (the Winter Soldier) is to be blamed, and now everyone is after Bucky.

I really enjoyed this movie. While it had other Avengers in the movie it still was a Captain America movie. It did a good job at developing Captain America and also the other characters and introduce new characters Black Panther and Spider-Man. Black Panther and Spider-man were both great additions to the universe.

Spider-Man was awesome in the movie and was basically the ultimate fanboy, fighting along side and against the Avengers. This also served as Black Panthers origin story, and how will become Black Panther. I am excited to see what their solo movies will bring to the table.

The action in this movie is also extremely well done and the airport fight that the trailers keep hyping up and worth seeing in theaters.

What was also great was that the movie had an emotional core to it, and see why some of the Avengers on the side that they are on. Also the fight with Iron Man vs. Captain America and Bucky was so good and emotional.

If I were to point out a negative it is the main villain, Baron Zemo. While he did have a reason for why he did what he did, it just wasn’t as developed as it should be.

In the end, the movie was what a follow up to both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War and sets up phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe perfectly.

Grade: A

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Review

I know I am late for this one but the weekend it came out I was at a Model UN conference, then it was Easter, and I also had a lot of work I needed to get done, but now I finally saw the movie and will give you my review.

I was very excited about this movie since it was announced back in summer of 2013. This movie is also a lead in to the DC Extended Universe which in the future will include Suicide Squad which will be released in August of this year, Wonder Women in June 2017 and Justice League Part One in November 2017.

I actually really enjoyed this movie, Despite a few story flaws in gave me what I wanted which was an introduction to Batman and Wonder Women in this movie universe. I also liked seeing the DC Trinity for the first time on the silver screen.

I also thought Ben Affeck did a fantastic job as Bruce Wayne/Batman in this movie. I think he is one of best incarnations of Batman since Michael Keaton. He portrayed a Batman that is going back to being Batman after not being Batman for many years. You saw the anguish he faced and trying to find a reason to be Batman again. I also liked that he didn’t have the growly Christian Bale voice and used a voice modulator.

Gal Gadot was also a great Wonder Women in her limited screen time. It made me excited to see her in her own movie next summer.

If I were to point out some negatives it is the story itself. It felt like almost 5 movies at once. It had Superman on trial, Batman going back to crime fighting, Lex Luthors plan to have them fight each other, introducing  other members of the Justice League. I think the script could have been polished in order to make the movie more cohesive. I also thought Jesse Eisenberg was a miscast as Lex Luthor. He was a bit too cartooney for Lex Luthor, and I would have liked a more subtle portrayal.

In the end, this movie did a descent job at giving us a teaser to the DC Extended Universe, and despite some flaws I still enjoyed the movie.

Grade: B-