Wonder Woman: Film Review

The DCEU* finally made a good superhero movie. Yes… seriously!


Writer: Allan Heinberg (Screenplay), Zack Snyder & Jason Fuchs (story), Director: Patty Jenkins , Runtime: 2h21mins, Cast & Crew.

Since Superman: The Movie came out, there has been a small truth to “comic” book movies. Richard Donner is the all-time king for making everyone wait some 45 minutes before even seeing the Boy Scout’s costume, underwear on the outside and all. Patty Jenkins pulls a lot from Donner’s Superman and I’m Thankful she did. Wonder Woman plays as its own beautiful film, all the while homaging Donner’s film, and subtly connecting to the tent pole Film; Justice League.

Right off the start, the film is already different from everything else WB has put out thus far. Right now, 2017, we are in a feminist age. Having a female director telling a woman story was the right move. Not to say that a man couldn’t do it, but women have a softer touch that men often lack. That said, Jenkins, as I don’t know her, seems to really know how to tell a story. It makes me wish she did Thor: The Dark World. Would have been a much better film, I’m sure. The origin of Wonder Woman could have been told visually, and though it is, it’s more orally in the same manner most stories would have been told (in ancient Greek/Roman times). It’s reminiscent of the MCU’s telling of how Peter Parker lost Uncle Ben, minus Robert as Tony Stark. I think that was rather strong use of the medium. Be that writing or direction, it was a smart move.

Mirroring the efforts from Donner’s film was a nice touch for both the pacing, respect of character and giving viewers a sense of familiarity. Gal Godats performance how ever leaves you both intimidated and aroused. I really believed her as Wonder Woman even more than I did in Batman V Superman. It has been said that women were placed on this earth to love man. I can t confirm or deny that so just roll with the idea for a second. Knowing that it’s a darn shame that women haven’t felt the same love from man for countless centuries if you look at history. That said women continue to thrive in their own way. It’s a testament to how strong they really are. They are constantly in a “man’s” world and have to constant fight to be heard and seen for more than just a means for sexual pleasure. That said as Wonder Woman sees humanity at it’s worst in the First World War, she seems to bring with her a light that just refuses to match the overall grey tones on early 1900s London. By the time she steps into being who she will ultimately be, she is sick and tired with how men have treated both themselves and they people around them.

Etta Candy: I’m Steve Trevor’s secretary.
Wonder Woman: What is a secretary?
E.C.: I go where he tells me to go, I do what he tells me to do.
W.W.: Where we come from, that’s called slavery.

When She finally debuts herself in costume, without any visual obstacle, it’s simply powerful. As powerful as any introduction a hero can make. She always had a reason to be in the war, but now she gets to defend the defenceless. that scene reminded me very much of that powerful scene in Hidden Figures

Other stand out talents includes, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and Lacy Davis. It’s interesting to see Pine act as he may be one dimensional, but it works here. It felt to me as if I was watching Captain Kirk vs. watching Steve Trevor. Robin is just badass. If you seen House of cards, you know that she brings both a remarkable talent and a undeniable sex appeal wrapped in this strong woman demeanour that can’t be ignored. I will gladly watch her in anything. It’s why I watched House of cards for as long as I did. Lucy Davis’ Etta Candy is arguably the great comedic co-star needed for most of these genre films. She’s so good with her timing and delivery, I almost want to see the pending sequel be about Diana and Etta taking on the town.

One of the more appreciated aspects of this film was how they developed the realm of Themyscira. From the fighting to the acting it felt spot on. There was elegance to how they fought yet very effective to what they were capable of. Surely if all the cards in the world were in the right spot, this is how you’d expect women to fight if you never seen one fight before. It was like watching ballet and figure skating as a form of a martial art that I don’t think has been done before in film.

The first half of the movie is great all this considered. Where it gets weird on the viewer is towards the end. I kept asking myself “Why is this happening?”, “What is she doing?” For example:

*SPOILER… ISH*

When she is so fed up with all that Ares has done she goes into the weird orange void and is being as kick ass as she can. I said “What the hell is happening?” at least four times. Also the writing seems to have escaped being reviewed at this point in whatever draft they were working off of. There’s a very silly line from Ares that takes you out of the moment and the legitimacy of his threat. That said, it doesn’t destroy the film just doesn’t make the film look good.

Speaking of looking good, the green screen-ery (new word, roll with it) is rather poor for a film like this. Again, the biggest problems are near the end/ climatic battle. Say what you will about MOS or BVS, but they had great harmony between what was real and what was faked. This is something I hope gets sorted out in later sequels or in later home release.

Something cool to listen out for, when Diana is training, listen to the musical score. As she’s training they play with her theme song and its very teasing in the manner it’s used. its like “Not yet, little grasshopper, but soon” it was a nice touch.

Bottom line: It’s the first film in the DCEU that will certainly be a hit among the hardcore and not so hardcore fans. If you look deeper, you can see why she’s called Wonder Woman. If you just want to eat popcorn and drink soda, you will still leave with a smile either which way. If you have a daughter, take her to see this film. Let her see how awesome women can be

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8.1 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? If you bought any of the other DCEU films

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John Wick: Chapter 2: Film Review

They say that Chuck Norris was trained by John Wick into being Chuck Norris.

The sequel to a surprise hit, did good on being a decent follow-up. The opening sequence is how it ended
And set the stage adequately for what follows.


Writer: Derek Kolstad, Director: Chad Stahelski Runtime: 2h2m, Full cast

“John Wick is the guy you call the kill the boogie man.”

Keanu’s ability to do action movies well into his half-century young, body is one to celebrate. He has developed a character, which personifies what being a badass means. All the while giving you a man who wants to be left alone. But minutes after the first chapter’s respective end we are back on the horse doing everything again. This time around, the writers opted to test John Wicks’ word. Then, we the audience, sit back and bear witness to the man known as Mr. Wick.

This isn’t Terminator 2 good. But its certainly a worthy successor, in the soon to be trilogy franchise. The visuals almost copy the placement of the previous film. I mean did we really need the first major fight to be in another club setting, be it out doors or not? I didn’t think so. Visually speaking. The film is a coloured noir film not unlike the film “Drive.” The colour palette was pleasantly mouth watering with how the pop the colours were, the added depth and colour in a shadowy underworld. By the films end, the camera dept. did every impressive thing to capture the tactics of Mr. Wick. It’s not Matrix creative, but the simplicity in how shots are framed, and the amount of action crammed in to every shot, matched with varying degrees of intensity, is considerably well done. It’s cool to see almost a 2nd/3rd person angle in action films. To often Hollywood likes the use of close shots vs. a wide (or a wide enough) angle.

As far as mirror trickery goes, it stole the top spot from Enter The Dragon for use of mirrors. I just don’t know how they did multiple shots in that place without once seeing one screw up (like where the camera was or even a wire). That and the lead in for the hopeful/eventual third film were my favourite parts of this second instalment.

John Wick 2

Many films will bring in other talented celebrities (singers/models/porn stars… etc.) to fill in roles for any reasons, but it’s not always received well. Who would have thought Common would steal the show, if even for a moment, by almost matching Wick? It’s weird how well casted Common feels in that role. It was cool to see Reeves and Fishburne doing scenes together again. I just wish there was a bit more hidden in the dialogue when they eventually meet; like when Wick says I’m back in the last film. Ruby Rose,  I didn’t buy into much. Something about her felt unbelievable. Probably because wick just plows through everything and her frame didn’t help her much to be intimidating. But she adds to that “house of mirrors” in am elegant way. While watching that fight, both Reeves and Rose came off as two of the same coin. Yes I know I didn’t believer her role, but she felt like a contrast to the brutality that is Wicks style. She appeared to be more swift and elegant due to her natural look. It was cool to watch, hard to buy into.

I hope the cast and crew know the third film will be arguably the most anticipated of the respective year it’s Green lit for and I hope they can do a something with bringing something new to the tactics. As fun as it was to watch Keanu’s stunt work, I did notice mid way through that cave/tunnel sequence how familiar his moves felt. For me, it comes off making the entire lure of the Wick franchise unworthy of my attention. I get that it’s real, practical action. I get in that it was close quarters combat. I even understand using your own momentum to counter your enemy and all, but it’s highly unlikely for this whole scenario to be happening in the first place. Having some theatrics wouldn’t hurt I’m sure.

Bottom line: Not all sequels are great. John Wick: Chapter 2 may not be great. But it would for sure be on a top 10 list. Only thing it was missing was something slightly different.  I wished they’d filmed them back to back as I am way to eager to see the third.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? own, but no judgement if you wanna just watch it on Netflix every so often

Logan: Film Review

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.” – Logan


Writer: James Mangold, Scott FrankMichael Green Director: James MangoldRun Time: 2h17m, Full Cast

To watch this film you don’t particularly need any of the franchises former film’s back-story. It works completely on its own as it doesn’t tie into other stories in great detail. It does pick small items from the solo and group films. Example: The an adamantium bullet was introduced in the first solo film (Origins). There were a few articles going in that said this isn’t in the same universe as the other films based on the merry mutant bunch.

It was established in the comics “Wolverine Origins“, that Logan is, at his core, a man who is both troubled, brings on trouble to those around him, and those he loves and cares about. In this film, we get the clearest view of who and what Logan is. He’s an animal who wants noting more than to be left alone. He also, under all his tough bravado, simply wants a place to belong and for once to be considered human. Being a mutant is no different than being black, gay, native or any other outsider/minority group. But, at this point, he’s come to terms with it all and just wants to ride off into the sunset.

But Kids always have a way of changing you. Enter Laura.

She represents a second chance at life Logan can never get back. He tried to fight the obligation he knows Charles will put on him. And does so for most of the movie. The film isn’t about how he vanquished evil, but how he beat himself into breaking the mold he made of/for himself.

The first act of this film is super strong.  It doesn’t try to load up on complicated plot beats; and even if something does go over your head, the simple idea of ‘little girl needs saving’ is more than enough to drive the story. The manner in which the film starts with Logan… was simply to let you know this isn’t the same Logan we have seen thus far. It doesn’t truly stop being that sort of high-octane film until you meet the nice rural family. Then there’s much needed peace and time to dispense some quality exposition. Those entire groups of scenes are my second favourite one succeeded by the entire final act (yes, the whole act). While suspended in disbelief, you almost buy into the idea this rural family moment is a perfect time to use the real-world washroom only to find out that Logan’s luck wasn’t far behind him. Then to find out that all the chaos was caused by X-24 (aka all of the violence in Logan, none of his self control or compassion… aka Sabertooth). It’s sad. Because though he has seemingly beat all the other villains before him in his heyday, he was never able to break that mold of what others always wanted him to be. A controlled, raging animal.

Again, enter Laura.

It was great to see Patrick Stewart play a strong, rational, old man. I’m sure everyone has an elder person in their life who knows they are nearing their end and as a result don’t care about the common etiquette they may have displayed in their more youthful years. Many disliked that He curses but, given the situation and whom he has to deal with, it was rightly justified. his demeanor helps to shape the world we enter. His realization of what he did in Winchester was some of the best acting he’s done in the whole mutant franchise.

Enter Laura.

From her first action sequence to her final moment before the credits, she was outstanding. She didn’t out act anyone. But she was a decent addition to the cast and I fully want to see her get her own movie or series on HBO one day, for this character. If not, she may just be able to be a fit in as a co-star. But she’s new. Time will tell how far she goes. It’s weird (read: scary) how good kids can be at being crazy sadistic violent beings.

What more can be said of a guy who became a break out star from this role? It’s unfortunate that he’s been in a lot of movies that bombed as the character: as it leaves a bad taste in your mouth as you recall your favourite moments from his time. But, except for “The Wolverine”(previous film), he acted tremendously in every outing he’s had. I think it was a cool idea to have Wolverine be the secret weapon against Logan. We are our own worst enemy after all. Though I might be reaching at straws here, but he decided he was done with the role after all.  I’m glad he was able to do this film and that they made it in the way that they did. It was a great send off for him.

I’ve never seen a movie in all my years that I really wished was in black and white. There’s countless scenes that are so great, in that photography composition way. I’m glad they are re-releasing a black and white version. It was also interesting how play like the scene was when Logan goes to give Xavier the pills in the fallen water tower. It was a well acted and directed scene.

The complaints I have was that it was too little too late. Hollywood ultimately ruined the entirety of the mutant universe. Wolverine shouldn’t have to be on the verge of a reboot in order to get what fans have been asking for since X2( where is his yellow and blue spandex?). I think, since we know most in these genre of films will eventually have a sequel, it’s a bit of a let down to know there’s going to be a new actor and creative team behind whatever is in store for the character. I do hope that they keep this version of Logan alive with his intensity and rage. And also that they develop a fighting style other than what looks to be arms flailing about. Lastly just more use of the word bub.

Bottom line: The perfect Swan song for Hugh Jackman (and Sir Patrick Stewart). He brought a lot of heart to a character that otherwise could have been reduced to some comedic muscle (read as hulk). It’s great however you wish to watch it. If there’s a classic list being made for super hero films, Logan is in the top 10 without question.

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  • Overall rating of the movie: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Not sure if I’d pay money to watch it at full price again. But on a Tuesday, the re-release would be a worthwhile watch if you have the time to kill. Definitely worthy of ownership but, only with the black and white version included. Otherwise, watch it on Netflix.