WONDER WOMAN – REVIEW

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen
Director: Patty Jenkins
Running Time: 141mins
Rating: 12A

With the questionable failures of DC films recently and what I thought was a lack in general promotional material and marketing; Wonder Woman seemed to be set up to fail at the box office.
While writing this; official numbers haven’t of course come in yet, but whether or not it will make a significant impact isn’t necessarily a sure thing after watching it.

While Wonder Woman is by no means terrible, it isn’t great and leaves a lot to be desired in ways of script, pace and action. What action we do receive is few and far between and while Gal Gadot looks amazing in her fight sequences, I felt a lot more could have been done with them.

The film opens in Themyscira; Princess Diana’s home and we discover a paradise of beautiful and incredibly skilled Amazons led by Queen Hyppolita. It’s during these scenes that we get the most thrilling fight scene as we see what the Amazons are capable of both on and off horseback, one can do something amazing with a bow and arrow! However; once we leave Themyscria and head into the world of man; all the fun pretty much gets left behind.

The rest of the film moves slowly, too slowly and should never have been that long; especially when nothing is really going on. Despite having seen her outfit already; the uniform reveal was a bit weak and could have been a bit punchier – as it was in Batman v Superman – and provided more of an impact.

Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Diana Prince, while very honest and in some ways relatable, got a bit annoying at parts. Not her acting but the naivety and impulsiveness started to get on my nerves. I understood that she was a secluded princess and didn’t really understand the implications of real war; but when this was explained to her; she refused to listen and came away looking a bit stupid which fed into the helpless female stereotype which I didn’t really like.

The villain is another story altogether as it felt rather weak. The film took a kind of fantastical turn by the end that wasn’t particularly impressive or believable. In addition, the rest of the supporting cast were rather pointless and didn’t really add anything to the film.

While I enjoyed the Amazons and Themyscira and Diana fighting; sadly, this wasn’t enough to make the entire film a great piece of work. Where BvS overdid the action; with this there wasn’t enough. Wonder Woman is a fabulous character and through the years of comics and the television show; studios just need to know what to do with her.

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JURASSIC WORLD – REVIEW

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Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
Director: Colin Treverrow
Running Time: 130mins
Cert: 12

It’s been a long time coming for this sequel and although it might not have been highly anticipated from the lack of success from its two predecessors, Jurassic World honestly lives up to the hype.

Set in the not too distant future, where John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur themed park is an amazing and clearly expensive reality; Jurassic World is a wonder to behold. Although the magnitude of the park was hinted at in the original film, this film has managed to realistic display what this park would be like. From the petting zoo with the baby triceratops’ and the Sea World type attraction with the mosasaur as well is the holographic interactive information boards, everything about this park is believable which for me, adds to the credibility of the film.

Overall, the movie is a run of the mill we-should-not-be-messing-with-nature-and-playing-God type scenario but even so, there are various elements that give it a little more edge. With the inclusion of the ever unpredictable velociraptors that can now seemingly be tamed as well as various species of dinosaur that were previously overlooked, Jurassic World sets you up for a thrill of a ride.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the thrills come from the resident hunk of the film, Chris i-am-now-going-to-be-in-every-film-for-the-next-few-years Pratt. He plays Owen, the bad ass Raptor Whisperer – yes, I’m serious – who has some kind of deep connection with the Raptors. Of course, he is the only one who anticipates that a genetically modified and enhanced species of dinosaur is going to be a bad idea. When this dino hybrid eventually escapes and wreaks havoc on the park and its guests, it’s up to the ever resourceful (Pratt) and the conveniently naïve Claire (Dallas Howard) to save the guests that include her young nephews!

Where the film really packs a punch is with the abilities of the hybrid dinosaur as well as the synchronisation and use of the velociraptors. I’m not sure about you, but there is something too cool about those chicken like monsters that make each of the Jurassic films. They’re smart and deadly and always make you think they can see right through you. The confrontations they have along with the hybrid dinosaur and the other animals provides some jump in your seat moments. Not because its scary or particularly gory but just because it’s exciting to watch such colossal beasts duke it out for the champions title!

Jurassic World is funny, exciting and although not much of an original plot, is held together with great effects and a small piece of nostalgia. Fans of the original film will be touched by references to the previous film and notice the homage that is paid to the late and great Sir Richard Attenborough. Even if you are not a fan of the original or just straight up haven’t seen it, Jurassic World provides laughs and adventure in the right places. Sure, the children in this acting are as dull as dishwater and they are still using the brontosauruses to pull your little heartstrings but all in all, it is a lot of fun.

Not too long, not too short and good balance between action and story, Jurassic World did not disappoint.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – REVIEW

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Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen
Director: Joss Whedon
Running Time: 142mins
Cert: 12A

Okay, get ready to hate me and/or crucify me because you superhero/Marvel fans out there are not going to be happy about this one!

If you saw my previous post on Avengers Assemble you will know that i was less than pleased with that instalment of the franchise and the tradition seems to have continued. Needless to say, i didnt like it. 

Now, before you jump down my throat let me tell you why. There are two types of people in the world who will watch this film: the Marvel/superhero experts and everyone else. I am a proud member of the everybody else club and as such i still expect to go into franchise/sequel films like Star Trek or Star Wars etc. and even having not seen the originals can follow the story. In this respect is why i did not like it. As a fan this was probably your version of multiple orgasms but for a Joe Bloggs movie goer i dont think it was easy enough to follow

  • Who is Ultron?
  • Why is he so angry?
  • Was he a person why he has this odd personality?
  • What happened to Jarvis? 
  • Cant Tony make a new Jarvis? I mean, where is the backup USB data?
  • Why is Cap Am still so boring?
  • Why is Bruce still complaining that he’s the Hulk. Havent you had time to accept this by now?
  • Why does Thor keep going off and doing his own thing?
  • What was he doing in that water?
  • How/why is that water even there?
  • Who is that red man?
  • Is he good or bad?
  • Who pays for the city repairs?
  • Do they have airspace clearance for these jets?

I am fully aware that a lot of these questions can be answered by a true fanatic but my point stands that i should have been able to follow get the general idea of this withiut being a fan. As a regualr movie goer it made little sense and i was actually quite bored.

In all honesty it felt like waiting two years for the continuation of a television show. Just another episode featuring your local neighbiurhood superheros. Nothing spectacular happened, there were no especially amazing stunts, the dialogue left a lot to be desired and the attempt at extra back story with Natasha and Hawkeye was just dull.

Once again, a Marvel instalment has failed to impress me and as much as i can understand and respect the reasons why i didnt follow, i feel this is a short coming in its delivery.

REVIEW – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson,  Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Running Time: 136mins
Cert: 12A

I’m getting a good feeling about this year of movies! For the second time in a row I have gone to the cinema and been pleasantly surprised at the outcome but in the case of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I am completely blown away!

We all know that the superhero/Marvel/DC franchise thing is all the rage right now but the first instalment of Captain America was needless to say a bit drab. Steve Rogers was pretty boring to say the least and even his outing in Avengers Assemble didn’t really tickle my funnies. However, Chris Evans has more then made up for what I thought were pretty mediocre films in this amazing second (or third depending how you look at it) outing for Captain Steve Rogers.

One of the greatest things about this film is that there is a LOT of fighting but not unnecessary fighting (think Superman) or unrealistic fighting (think Thor) or fighting particularly heavy on the technology (think Iron Man). Captain America is all about bare knuckled, alpha male brute strength that is amazing to watch. You feel his power and determination through every blow but what is interesting is when Captain America finally comes face to face with someone who he cant outrun. He has finally met his match in The Winter Soldier and what a match it is! Admittedly, I thought their final battle could have been a bit more spectacular but it doesn’t take anything away from the film because it maintains its pace throughout. There are no dull moments.

One thing that lets the film down however, is the fact that although the film is named after him, The Winter Soldier doesnt play that big a role. Without going into it too much to avoid spoilers, i thought he would have done more. When he is on screen, he clearly owns the show with his bad ass-isms but once he is revealed, his fear factor kind of disappears. In true Marvel style though, at the end of the film we are left more questions that will be answered in the coming sequels and yes, there will be one.

For all those that have seen the 300 sequel, you have already seen the first 20 mins of the film and this basically sets the precedence for the entire movie. Military expertise, Captain Rogers’ precisions as a leader and a fighter alongside good friend and equal bad ass Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff makes each scene exciting. Along with the ever amazing Nick Fury, we have a new member of the Marvel family in this instalment in the shape of Falcon/Sam Wilson who gives Captain Rogers the friend he is clearly in need of.

With great fight scenes, touching moments, a decent plot and too many awesome surprises to count, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is probably my favourite Marvel film, excluding Iron Man 1. Its exciting , surprising, well shot and an all round good time. Dont wait for it to come on Sky Box Office or watch online. Watch it now! 😀