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.

FAST AND FURIOUS 8 – REVIEW

 

Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham
Director: F. Gary Gray
Running Time: 136mins
Cert: 12A

 

Hey guys!

It has actually been a hot minute since i’ve reviewed a film but of course, the one film to bring me out of hiatus is the newest instalment to the the Fast Franchise; Fast and Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious!

I went to a 00:01 showing of the movie with my brother just so i could see it has soon as possible and it was definitely worth staying up for!

F8 initially takes us to the picturesque setting of Havana, Cuba where we meet up with the Torettos who are living happily in wedded bliss. When Dom is cornered by a mysterious beautiful woman we learn is Cipher (Theron); things get a little interesting. Told not to involve his team in the task she has given him to do – for which he had clear reluctance until she shows him a picture of something – Dom gets the team together to complete the mission and within moments of completing it; betrays them.

From this point on, there are stunts and spectacles of epic proportions that are done in such a ridiculously elaborate way, that you cant help but love it! The villain in Cipher is clearly a force to be reckoned with, as she has a calm-before-the-storm element to her that is a lot more effective in keeping Dominic under control than some of her more aggressive predecessors.

Providing the laughs throughout is of course Roman (Tyrese Gibson) who while you can question his usefulness in the franchise as a whole, definitely makes his mark in this instalment by proving he can be more than a loud mouth of one liners. He is of course joined by the Brain to his Pinky, Tej who has finally found a tech companion in newest team member Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). The team wouldn’t be complete of course without the much more womanly Mrs Alpha (Rodriguez) and glistening muscles, Mr Baby Oil himself, Luke Hobbs (Johnson)

Lastly, joined by fan favourite Deckard Shaw (Statham), Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his sidekick, newbie Scott Eastwood, F8 sets itself up as the instalment with probably the best storyline in terms of depth and surprises. The stunts are tame in comparison to Furious 7 or Fast 5 for example, but are definitely a thrill to watch. Statham makes us Brits proud with the way he kicks ass and takes names all over that place and his banter with Hobbs is up there with epic bantery! I realise this isn’t a word but i’m sticking with it!

Needless to say this was always going to be an interesting project for the people involved in that they wanted to continue the world of Furious without the late Paul Walker but they do a great job in keeping his memory alive.

The Fate of the Furious, is up there with the best of the fast bunch and is just over two hours of non stop action, emotion, banter and of course, family.

FAST 7 – REVIEW

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Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jason Statham
Director: James Wan
Running Time: 140mins
Cert: 12A

As i type, i am currently on my way to Venice so we shall keep it short and sweet. 

My dedication to this film was as such that i chose a later flight just so i could see it first thing this morning and im so glad i did. 

Fast 7 is quite frankly perfect. It was always going to be intriguing how they were going to handle the sensitive subject that is Paul Walker’s death but it was done, dare i say beautifully. 

All sentiment aside and a genuine and general love for the franchise, Fast 7 is just over two hours of unstoppable action, comedy, stunts and of course family. 

The running theme of family is evident in the film making all the referneces to it and losing the ones you love all the more potent because of Paul’s departure. The fact that the entite crew are back including Tokyo Drift’s Lucas Black and even Hector from The Fast and the Furious make this an incredible trip down memory lane filled with the intensity and action that the new instalments are now famous for. 

The stunts are fantastic and in no way over the top. I mean, who else but Dom and his crew/family would drive out of an aeroplane with parachutes attached to the vehicles!? The fight scenes between Dom and Shaw, Hobbs and Shaw, Brian and this absolutely lethal Kung Fu type guy as well as Michelle Rodriguez versus UFC Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey are all incredible to watch. The banter between Roman and Tej provides the necessary giggles and comrarderie we’ve come to expect. 

I could rattle on forever but the underlining point  wouldnbe that Fast 7 is the jewel in the crown of the Furious franchise. Bringing in the elements of all previous films and blending with new faces and thrills is amazing. The use of technology to create Walker in scenes hewas unable to complete, show the dedication and care that went into this film to make it the best if the bunch. 

Paul would have undoubtedly been proud of the project and it does his Fast legacy justice. I cried like an absolute baby but it was worth it to experience this amazing film and its goodbye to a wonderful actor, father and friend to all who knew him.

RIP Paul ❤️

Paul Walker Has Passed Away

By now, you have all heard that Paul Walker has died in a car accident in California at age 40.

The Fast and Furious star was reportedly on his way to a charity event with friend Roger Rodas on November 30th when their vehicle crashed and burst into flames. The pair were pronounced dead at the scene.

I never had the pleasure of knowing or meeting Paul but i know it would have been exactly that, a pleasure. Other than in regards to his films, you never saw Walker in the spotlight and when you did, it was always for good things.

My deepest condolences and love and warmth go out to his family and friends and hope that he rests in perfect peace.

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September 12 1973 – November 30 2013