Review: Wonder Woman  (probable spoilers) 

“I just watched a good DC movie!” That’s what some random guy excitedly said to me and my mates when he was leaving the movie. I have to say I agreed with his excitement and relief. I’ve never hidden the fact I’ve been critical of the DCEU thus far. None of the other movies really worked for me, they had more issues than they should have and didn’t quite hit the standard I expected from them. But just when I was ready to give up hope Wonder Woman comes along as the shining example of hope.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the titular hero along with Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan/ Ares and is directed by Patty Jenkins.

The movie opens in present time with Diana Prince working at the Louvre and receiving a gift from Bruce Wayne, the photograph that was seen in Batman v Superman. Upon seeing this Diana reminisces about her life growing up on Themyscira and training to be a great warrior. Upon the sudden arrival of Steve Trevor, a battle follows and the Amazon’s learn of the great war that is being waged around the world. Convinced it is the work of Ares the God of War, Diana the princess of the Amazon’s feels it’s her duty to venture out to the world to destroy Ares which will end the war.

The movie is beautifully shot, Patty Jenkins was a fantastic choice to helm this project. There was so much riding on this movie working and she knocked it out of the park. The story flows really well and was never dull. They seamlessly wove together this narrative making Diana a naive, fish-out-of-water type while still making her a strong, intelligent bad ass. In that there’s a constant struggle where Diana is looking at the world as it should be, as she’d like it to be and everybody just accepting the world for what it is. This shows the inspiring nature of the character of Wonder Woman where everybody else is ready to give up or concede to being helpless, she will always fight. She will always charge head first in to save anyone and everyone.

There isn’t much negative I can say about this movie, it really is quite excellent. One thing that left me with questions though and this is a big spoiler, don’t read the rest of this paragraph if you haven’t seen the movie…. So Diana’s mission is to kill Ares so that his influence on man will stop and the war will end. Then after an awesome battle (and it is awesome) Ares is struck down and the war ends. But historically there are many more wars to come. So either that means that Ares supposed influence meant nothing or his influence is eternal and killing him changes nothing. Whatever the case of the future, the movie wraps up really satisfyingly and deeply emotional. 

This is an incredibly important achievement in Hollywood.  First of all its the first successful attempt at a female superhero movie which shows Studios that when made right, people will show up to see women kicking arse. Also this was the first time ever a female director cracked $100 million opening weekend for the US box office and that is an incredible achievement and is guaranteed the first of many many more to come. With so many incredibly talented female directors working today I look forward to seeing them get more opportunities like this, this is truly their time now. I give Wonder Woman and 8.5/10.

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30DMC Day 18: Movie that Disappointed Me

I dont often get really disappointed in movies. I might feel like they didn’t quite hit my expectations sometimes but to be really disappointed in a movie doesn’t happen as often. This is a movie that really let me down.

Yeah it’s the third movie from the very divisive DCEU Suicide Squad. Man of Steel is a movie that didn’t quite hit my expectations and I’ve since watched it several times hoping to like it more which I do every time I watch it. At this point I think it’s ok. Batman v Superman is a movie that I didn’t like when I saw it in the theatre but at that point I wasn’t confident in it so it wasn’t a surprise. The Ultimate Edition is a version I enjoy though. It’s a big dumb mess like a Fast & Furious movie but it’s enjoyable enough. Suicide Squad on the other hand was one that I thought was going to turn it all around for me. From the cast to every single one of the trailers I was so locked in to this movie. I didn’t need there to be a great story, I just needed it to be a kick arse action movie with weird, cool characters. I say I didn’t need a good story but when it’s as aggressively bad as this it just boggles the mind. I enjoyed Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and I really liked Jay Hernandez as El Diablo. Jared Leto was ok as Joker, some of his lines made me cringe a bit but otherwise he was alright. All other characters were completely pointless, there was no reason to have them in the movie. Especially Slipknot, Adam Beach had to promote this movie. Think about that, he’s in the movie for about two minutes of screen time and he had to travel around selling this movie. Enchantress is possibly the worst villain I’ve ever seen put to film. An 8000 year old witch and her plan is to build a machine? What is the machine? What’s it supposed to do? After Enchantress and her brother took out an initial wave of soldiers they were left alone for two days? None of the superheroes or at least another military attack, just straight to the Suicide Squad? So the Suicide Squad is established to go after super powered threats but the mission is extraction of ‘someone important’ and going after Enchantress is an afterthought at he end? I could go on and on and on and on and on with these questions without answers and it’s just such a drag that it ended up this way. I was so looking forward to this movie, I was convinced there was no way I wasn’t going to like it but they pulled it off. Anyway I’m done with talking about this right now it’s bumming me out.

What movies about recently disappointments to you? Let me know in the comments. Check in tomorrow where I’ll be talking about my favourite actor. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

Matthew Vaughn up for Man of Steel 2

The DCEU has been having a hard time for the past year and there have been many instances that have proved that they may not be handling it all to well. Recently though they have been making some moves that could just turn everything around. 

I’m not the biggest fan of Man of Steel, every time I try to rewatched it I spend most of the movie wondering why I didn’t love it but then by the end I’m just so thankful it’s over. It’s a slog to get through but I’m not one of the people who thinks Zack Snyder’s sucks as a director. He’s hit and miss for me with his movies but I would never say he isn’t talented. I am happy though hat he isn’t directing Man of Steel 2, I think it would be a good move for him to step away, at least from directing this franchise for a while. 

So now the top choice over at WB to direct the movie is Matthew Vaughn. Nothing here is a done deal, this isn’t definitely going to happen but this gets me very excited. I stopped getting excited about these movies but this gets me back there. Vaughn is a director whose work I have never not liked. He’s brilliant. Remember, the X-men franchise was as good as dead after The Last Stand and X-men Origins: Wolverine flopped with audiences and critics, then he came in and did First Class and completely, undeniably brought he franchise back. 

What concerns me if this does become a deal is there have been so many directors have dropped out of these DCEU movies because of creative issues with the studio. Matthew Vaughn does not seem like the kind of director to deal with that so if they do book him, WB would be smart to just hold back and let him do his thing. 

I’m really excited about this, are you? Do you like Matthew Vaughn as a director? What your favorite of his movies? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and till next time, take it easy.

Thoughts: Nightwing movie in development

In the wake of the awesome news (it is awesome despite the drama it rose from) that Matt Reeves would be directing The Batman, WB has announced plans for a Nightwing movie with Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay set to help,  the project. Nightwing is of course the mantle taken up by Batmans first Robin, Dick Grayson, after ageing out from being Boy Wonder.

I’m conflicted on this news because on the one hand, I wish WB would stop announcing movies left and right and just focus on the ones that had already been announced. On the other hand, seeing Nightwing on the big screen sounds really fucking awesome. Part of me would prefer them to get the Flash movie under control before announcing other projects. Then again I want to believe that the recent drama is the end of it, they have their shit together, they know what they want to do and are going to execute it flawlessly. I’d love to believe that but i think the fans need to see it happening first. 

Another thought I had on this matter is with all these recent rumours of Ben Affleck wanting out as Batman, maybe this was WB’s way of quashing that. In a Nightwing movie, people would be expecting Batman to at least make an appearance so if these movie is a go, Ben Affleck would presumably be involved.

As always thanks for reading reading. What do you think, are you keen for a Nightwing movie? Let me know in the comments we’ll chat about it. Till next time take it easy.

Thoughts: Matt Reeves to direct The Batman

It’s official, Matt Reeves has signed on to direct the upcoming DCEU film currently titled The Batman. This comes as a bit of a shock since last week it was reported that negotiations between Reeves and WB had ‘broken down’. Reports had claimed that the War for the Planet of the Apes director was WB’s first choice to take over the directorial efforts after Ben Affleck announced he was stepping down. It’s not uncommon for negotiations between directors/ actors and studios to break down then pick up again later but it didn’t seem likely in this case. When it was reported that talks between Reeves and WB had broken down, it was stated talks could resume “after heads have cooled” which suggests negotiations got very heated.

Both Reeves and WB released statements expressing their excitement for the project, but there was no mention of or statement from Ben Affleck which is curious. Something else that gives me pause is all the drama that has been going on of late behind the scenes not only for The Batman, but for many of the DCEU movies. Directors have been dropping from these projects like flies so until production of the movie starts I’m not putting too much faith in his news.

Assuming that everything works out and Reeves does direct, he is an outstanding choice.  He has proven himself to be an extraordinary filmmaker. His take on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was an incredible movie and it’s upcoming sequel War for the Planet of the Apes is looking to be even bigger.

As always thanks for reading. What do you think, are you excited about Matt Reeves directing The Batman? Do you think it will work out? Let me know in the comments we’ll chat about it. Till next time, take it easy.

Thougnts: Mel Gibson directing…. whaaa????

So news broke today that Warner Bros. we’re eyeing off Mel Gibson to take the directors chair for none other than the sequel for Suicide Squad. Now reports say that they’re “in talks” or “have spoken to” which at this stage I’m taking with an absolute grain of salt. Mostly because this is not something I thought would ever happen.

First things first though, Mel Gibson is a top tier director. All his movies are full of depth, incredible performances, smart storytelling and are beautifully shot. However there’s no mistaking that he has had some very public, very serious problems and as Andre result there’s a lingering dilemma of separating artist from art with his movies. There are people out there who refuse to support him and will not see any movies of his because of his various public outbursts. You can’t really blame them for that either, it’s what they feel and they absolutely have the right to feel it. On the other hand, Robert Downey Jnr. was not a name any studio wanted anything to do with because of his own publicly scrutinised demons and Jon Favreau had to fight for him to be Iron Man and it completely reinvigorated his career and shot him straight to the top. Perhaps this could happen for Gibson too? 

But this leads to another problem, Mel Gibson doesn’t seem to care too much for comic book movies. He even went so far as to call Batman v. Superman a “piece of shit”. (I’ll just gloss over the fact I’ve called the theatrical version the same. Ultimate edition I like) So the question that rattles around my simple mind is, ‘Why the shit would he bother to do this?’ And the possible answer lies in other quotes by Gibson.

“I look at them and scratch my head. I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different. I don’t know. Maybe they do cost that much. I don’t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less.”

Now this isn’t saying he wants to do one to find out for himself, but it’s also not saying he would never do one. If this all turns out to be true and he signs on i will be very fascinated to see how it turns out. Again though all of this could just be a load of old arse and be completely refuted. If the is all bullshit I wouldn’t be pissed if they announce Davis Ayer is coming back to direct. I think he is a really good film maker, I would just want him to have more time to really lock down a solid script because that’s been my biggest issue with the DCEU. It’s not the dark tone or lack of fun the hats bugged me, it’s just been the disjointed, cluster- fuck stories.

Well the harshest are my thoughts on the matter anyway. Thanks for reading and take it easy.

Update: Mel Gibson confirms he’s in very early talks. Could turn into nothing but still really interesting.