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Wonder Woman Movie Review (2017) | DC’s Curse Has Been Broken

It is done! Patty Jenkins manages to do what Zack Snyder and David Ayer failed to conquer with DCEU. Wonder Woman Movie finally breaks DC’s relentless curse and establishes a proper stronghold in its very own universe. Wonder Woman is everything we expected our superhero to be like, and Gal Gadot does her a resounding justice once again after her badass cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Gal proves yet again why she was outright perfect for the heroic role. She is an absolute knockout, acts well and fits the outfit like a glove. We had been looking for someone like her all our life, and she was right there in front of us all along. There is this bedazzling charm about her that doesn’t mess with her powers. She remains alluring even when she is mad as hell, forcing you to keep your opinions about her unvaried throughout.

Gal Gadot is gorgeous, powerful, cute and empathizing all at the same time. She leaves those locks open and it’s hard not to swoon. How can any man possibly not fall in love with this woman?

Wonder Woman movie portrays her in an avatar we were rooting for all along. She is probably one of the best we will ever get.

Direction of Wonder Woman Movie

Wonder Woman movie is unlike other prequels and spinoffs that were flung at us as part of DCEU. All thanks to its director Patty Jenkins who chose to let us live its gushing story-line instead of barging in with characters or stretching it beyond limit for us to lose focus. She keeps it lovely by going into a recollection of sorts to show us the Amazonian’s past and how the princess flourished in Themyscira.

It begins with her upbringing looping us in on important plot points in the form of artistic frames to fill us in on the Greek backstory of Zeus and Ares. Her frames don’t linger but chug forward to fast forward in time so as to keep things invariably interesting. When the actual plot arrives, Patty dives into it in the form of discovery without steering away from the actual story and lets Wonder Woman roll out as we would have expected her to. It doesn’t compromise her superpowers, plays well alongside her naivety into the world of men, and elevates altogether during its impactful culmination.

Satire on War

Wonder Woman movie is far more than a mere comic adaptation. There are so many lessons and so many things to take away from the movie, and it wraps them all beautifully making us ponder on so many occasions. Like this one line that underlines war to be akin to a purpose.

What do people do when there isn’t a war?

It compels you to contemplate of a time written in past. However hideous it might sound but war does give man a purpose. That’s why people fight. For them, a life without it is like a stagnant pit of job, marriage, and children. They have something to do, something to prove their might against, not to mention the thrill to live on the edge. But if you really look at it, at what cost? Why can’t people see that?

Wonder Woman couldn’t emphasize enough when she shouts at the plight of poor innocent villagers trapped amidst chaos.

Children!

Those innocent souls that are yet to realize a life’s worth. Your chaos is killing them, not giving them a chance you were bestowed with. It is deeply poetic and all of it paints on the big screen with the pain Diana carries for them. She empathizes with them beyond limit, trying her level best to save the ones who didn’t ask for war. I think it’s very powerful and is capable of pushing you into a whirlwind of thoughts.

Plot of Wonder Woman Movie (Spoilers)

After the incidents of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Princess Diana receives her World War – I photograph from Bruce Wayne.

I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within.

She recollects her life growing up on Themyscira aspiring to be an Amazonian warrior. Her mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) forbids it by telling her a story about Ares, God of War, and how he had poisoned the souls of men with malice turning them against each other. She tells her that Ares had killed every God except Zeus, who as a final resort had provided the Amazonian with a weapon capable of slaying Ares if he ever returned. Diana calls it the Godkiller.

Hippolyta has her convinced that Diana was made with clay which she truly believes as well. Her aspirations to learn how to fight are taken care of by her aunt Antiope (Robin Wright). She trains Diana the hardest making her the best.

The Fated Intruder

In comes Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) a spy trying to escape German soldiers after his mission goes rogue. He had stolen Dr. Maru’s (Elena Anaya), an evil German scientist’s notes with hopes to curtail colossal damage. His plane crashes into the sea which is luckily overlooked by Diana. She goes on to save him by bringing him to the coast, however, the soldiers in pursuit attack their island. Amazonians fight however Antiope and many other are forced to pay the price.

On interrogating Steve with the lasso of truth they come to know about the World War. Convinced it’s an act of Ares himself, Diana wishes to go fight the war for men. Forbidden to do that, she tries to sneak out by plundering their inventory that had a lasso of truth, a shield, an outfit, and the Godkiller sword. She then leaves Themyscira with Steve alongside.

Hippolyta: If you choose to leave, you may never return.

Diana: Who will I be, if I stay?

On reaching London and delivering Dr. Maru’s note to higher authorities which included Sir Patrick Morgan (David Thewlis), they realize there’s an armistice at play. However, Steve knows about General Ludendorff’s (Danny Huston) ulterior motives. The guy headed Ottoman Empire’s weapon facility alongside Dr. Maru. He knows about Dr. Maru’s and General’s plan to release a rare form of mustard gas capable of mass murder even though both sides had called for a truce.

The Self-Proclaimed Mission

Diana, now believing Ludendorff to be Ares himself, wishes to go to the front to kill him. With Sir Patrick taking care of their money issues, Steve and Diana along with a team of three more – Sameer, Charlie, and Chief venture into the German lines. Affected by the lives of the innocents, Diana heads into the No Man’s Land herself, giving the allied forces an upper hand against the Germans.

I will fight, for those who can not fight for themselves.

She leads them into a German occupied village, freeing the villagers in the process in a rad display of her fury.

Wonder woman movie wallpaper

With an intel about a gala being held at a nearby castle, where Ludendorff was going to be present, Diana wishes to slay him right there. But Steve interferes stopping her from killing him so as to not jeopardize their plan of destroying all chemical bombs first. Ludendorff releases his gas bomb in one of the nearby villages taking thousands of lives in the process. Furious at Steve for letting people die, Diana goes off on her own to kill Ludendorff, the root of all problem.

What I do is not up to you.

She slays him only to realize the bombing doesn’t stop. She understands the bitter truth that corruption isn’t in just one soul but in entire mankind.

Ares the God of War

Just then Sir Patrick emerges out of nowhere declaring himself to be the real Ares. Ares tells her that he had simply slithered the idea of killing each other into human brains, but the inevitability of war was inbred in them all along. A fight ensues as Ares reveals Diana’s true origin. He tells her that she was the Godkiller and not the sword, since only a God could kill another God. He reveals Diana to be the last child of Zeus, and that she herself was a weapon. While fighting he tries to convince her that humanity doesn’t deserve to be saved.

Meanwhile, Steve chooses to steal the plane that carries all the gas bombs taking it away to safety and sacrifices himself.  He destroys the plane, mid-air, saving countless lives in the process. Realizing the selflessness of it all, of Steve’s sacrifice towards the greater good, Diana understands that there is still good left in the world that’s worth saving. She chooses to spare humanity. Realizing her boundless powers, absorbing energy she unleashes it in one theatrical display of pizzazz to wipe out Ares. With that, the war ends as the remaining team celebrates it gravely.

Back in the present day, Diana thanks Bruce for the photograph before continuing to serve as Wonder Woman. Fade out.

The Abstract Form of Ares

Comics and movie adaptations are nothing but theatrical representations of abstract notions. Even if you play Ares as one, you realize he is nothing but a personification of a bitter truth. That farrago of squabble that goes on in our head, of how evil we are in our ways, of how badly we look for war to prove our mettle every now and then. Ares acquaints us with it, mankind’s true nature. It is ugly, it is wicked and it does not need a body to lead itself into fire. We are incessantly burning with it. We are looking for a fight at all costs.

The final epic clash with Ares in Wonder Woman movie might as well be an abstract brush of her conscience with her mind. Trying to reason with herself if mankind is indeed worth saving. Steve’s selfless act is like a key that opens that shut door in her, that makes her realize there are people worth fighting for too. And she responds with the epiphany with her final answer:

Only love can truly save the world.

It’s an answer for us too. Not just for the sake of theatrics.

Mankind is not all scathed. We can change our thoughts for one another, and compromise on some things. We can accept terms of others and learn to live in peace. That’s the solution she comes up with. That’s the world she is willing to live in, to save those who need to be saved, to forgive, and to find love.

It was a great decision nevertheless to rope Ares in since there wasn’t anybody competitive enough to fight Wonder Woman.

The Chemistry

The chemistry between Diana and Steve is deeply satisfying. Though they get to spend little time together, they both make it count. You could feel the realism in all the right vibes with Steve playing one of those shy and gentlemanly characters that we all adore him in, letting go of him was the hardest. You could feel the energy emanate in the wrath intermingled with intense mourning in Diana when she realizes that he had died.

still of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman

I wish we had more time.

That brief moment of farewell is poignant enough to bring tears to your eyes. Trying to make her understand what he was about to do, while she was too busy to listen, it’s brilliantly pulled off.

The Final Verdict

Wonder Woman movie is definitely a kind of flick we were all hoping for DC to deliver. It delivers it in style with Patty’s thoughtful direction and the magnificently written screenplay it becomes something more. Gal Gadot takes it to a different level altogether. Chris Pine even though wasn’t at the center of it, somehow manages to be there tied to her all along. He makes the love angle really real and fun to watch.

There might be some unrealistic things at play, but that’s comics for you, everybody! You can choose to ignore that and celebrate this rare form of female dominant superhero movie that came into existence after a whopping 12 years of drought. I say go watch Wonder Woman movie today!

PS: There are no post credit scenes here, so don’t stick around.

Check out the trailer of Wonder Woman movie here:

 

Hell or High Water Review (2016) | David Mackenzie Helms Another Masterpiece

Another great year for Taylor Sheridan as he writes another gorgeous piece Hell or High Water right after registering the extraordinary 2015 flick Sicario in the Hollywood books. The movie directed by David Mackenzie is a story of two brothers who set out on a bank robbery spree to save their family ranch in West Texas.

The beauty of Hell or High Water lies in its rugged originality, in its deadpan words that reflect reality. The way the movie trundles on its Western look and feel without losing sight of its true objective makes it an outright winner.

Direction of Hell or High Water Movie

I just love David Mackenzie’s direction. It pays utmost attention to character bearings, their talking mannerism, calm comportment at adverse times and the right on delivery of their dry humor. In his direction of the flick, he doesn’t miss out on acing the Western vista. The effortless flair is invariably there.

hell or high water brothers chris pine and ben foster

Then it is the way he lingers on a scene, until he squeezes out every bit of acting from his characters. His every scene stays definitive and complete giving the viewers plenty of perspective into the tale. Then the context of a relationship that he binds so beautifully with its characters goofing around with each other is amazing too. Even though there was a lot of Taylor Sheridan to it, Mackenzie just nails it, hands down.

Plot and the Pairing Up

While the movie banks on its robbing brothers Toby and Tanner portrayed by Chris Pine and Ben Foster perfectly to show one side of the tale, we have Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham as Marcus Hamilton and Alberto Parker silently working for the right side. The Howard brothers are the rampaging loners who steer the story forward.

Lord of the Plains.

Constantly pulling each other’s legs are Alberto and Marcus who are trying to hunt the brethren down. It is their chemistry that makes the movie a genial hoot.

Whilst the plot might sound like a bit cliched given the number of “bank job” movies that are out there, the reason here is a tad different. Toby and Tanner are trying to save their ranch, that is up for foreclosure. They have found oil in it, meaning a perfect life  for posterity. The only way out they see is by plundering banks. They are burying their four wheeler alibis in their property that can’t be touched. They wipe off their traces making it impossible for the cops to figure out the who. In short, they are really smart.

But with an even smarter cop they don’t stray far away. You can see Marcus getting closer to them with his instincts. Eventually a shootout breaks wherein Tanner loses it. Sniping Alberto he tags himself under the cross-hair of Marcus. And pays the price with his life. Toby goes on to purchase the ranch, thus earning loads of money, securing the future of his estranged children.

We are served an awesome standoff in the end where we find them pressed against each other. Yet the movie just ends with a threat in disguise leaving of what might ensue to viewer’s imagination.

Crime Movies

It must be very well understood what a crime movie tries to achieve. There’s always going to be the good side as long as their is bad in the world. There needs to be someone or something vilifying and cooling down the damage done . So no matter how badass the villainy might seem, or how likable a wicked character ends up becoming, eventually it has go down under the truck.

Toby: You talk like we ain’t gonna get away with this.

Tanner: I’ve never met nobody who got away with anything, ever.

But then there is that character akin to Robin Hood, who did whatever he did for the impoverished and the weak. He justifies the things that he has done. He is exonerated in the eyes of the public since he was doing the right thing. And not doing it just for the heck of it. He did not kill anybody and did not commit a crime so horrendous that could not be forgiven.

Toby and Tanner are paragons of such characters. Also, there is nothing above the law. No amount of good you do after you have done something bad can wipe that slate clean. Here, Marcus stays the epitome of law.

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Awesome Scenes to Watch Out For (Spoilers Ahead)

Hell or High Water doesn’t run short on its ultimate tinge of badassery. Like that scene wherein Tanner Howard stares blankly at a sporty car that stops at the gas station. And the owner is a bloke with a gun who feels offended of him gawking.

Boy, you’d think there were 10 of me.

The camera is placed such so you can see Toby making his way back from the shop. And then as things were beginning to get ugly Toby arrives just in the nick of time to literally destroy the poor guy. That’s one hell of an adrenaline rush.

Then there is that slapstick wit, that savoury tang that is always lurking in Tanner’s mouth. Like the time when he is intimidated by Bear who says:

I am a Comanche. Do you know what it means? It means ‘Enemy to everyone’.

Tanner who can’t be messed with either responds almost immediately with a comeback:

Do you know what that makes me? A Comanche.

The Final Verdict

Hell or High Water is a beautiful movie that is made even better by its entire Western setup and its splendid screenplay. Powerful performances by its characters make it thoroughly enjoyable. It never strays from its cardinal crux – come what may , thus justifying the title as well. A David Mackenzie beauty that should not be missed.

You can check out the trailer of Hell or High Water movie here:

 

The Finest Hours Review (2016)

A survivor tale that goes dodgy mid-way, scrabbles towards the end with an insipid feel.

Unfortunately for this one, I can’t say my two hours were the finest hours of my life. The movie’s dramatic quotient is bland.

SPOILERS:

Chris Pine is an absent unimpressive Coast Guard hero who seemed oddly placed in the shoes of Bernie Webber. Ok, so he was trying to depict a sheepish introvert, yet Craig Gillespie just makes him disappear like an apparition. He does the opposite with Ray Sybert played brilliantly by Casey Affleck though, the guy who kept the Pendleton afloat for hours in a punishing storm. Casey looked engrossed in his job, very intelligent, and despite being scared was trying to save lives of the people around. Ray, au contraire, just wanted to get married to Miriam, and follow orders. It seemed in the beginning the way he slouched around with his team that he didn’t really care about people’s endangered lives.

Screenplay is very shoddy, doesn’t have anything interesting for word-freaks. The love story that Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias have endeavoured to weave makes you indifferent towards their romance. It starts out pretty good though but then is lanced by mediocre lines, and unfelt romance. Editing is below average and often makes you wonder out loud what should have been shown and what we could have lived without.

There is literally at one point a “What-the-hell” moment when Miriam Webber walks into the office of the Coast Guard, and refuses to leave, and “orders” the Coast Guard officer to bring the boys back. When Daniel Cluff (played by Eric Bana) retorts, she storms off in her car only too drive into a snow mound. I mean, that entire affair will make you go “Whaaaaaaaaat!” It was supposed to be subtly written and should have packed in the right amount of sentiment, which was clearly missing. But it all seemed so stupid with her weird acting that you can’t really shake it off.

The Finest Hours misses big time on its much needed emotional trauma. You don’t feel a thing for anybody. If it was helmed properly, you would. At the end of the movie, Bernie doesn’t get a hero’s welcome as he disembarks the CG-36500, but rather his lover’s warmth, which leaves you actually vexed. You wish it was milked more or maybe shown in subtlety.

The Finest Hours is good but it could have plunged in better waters to be honest. A one time watch if you want to know about the Coast Guard bravado, a rare feat that saved 32 lives on just a mere lifeboat.

Horrible Bosses 2 Movie Review (2014) | Tickles You Without a Good Plot

The wacky trio is back and they are back with not only a bang, but also with a bag of tickles. Horrible Bosses 2 Movie walks in with an okayish script by Sean Anders which appears more of a deliberate attempt to justify its moniker. It isn’t exactly what we were expecting from Horrible Bosses movie sequel but it’s still fine to make do.

Plot of Horrible Bosses 2 Movie (Spoilers Ahead)

To serve the cardinal plot of the movie the trio is hoping to be bosses this time in Horrible Bosses 2 movie. Little did they know getting into such shoes was a Herculean task. Reprising roles of Nick Hendricks, Dale Arbus, and Kurt Buckman, they come up with a brilliant idea called ‘Shower Buddy’. Struggling to find an investor, they get contacted by Bert Henson and Rex Hanson who order them to make 100000 units only to back out in the end. Invested completely in the manufacturing of their product, all three of them end up in a colossal debt.

still of chris pine addressing trio in horrible bosses 2 movie

Finding all doors closed they decide to resort to desperate measures. A kidnapping plan ensues however they screw it up when they reach Rex’s house. To their surprise when they return to their warehouse they find Rex tied up inside the trunk. It was none other than Rex who had staged his own kidnapping to get back at his dad. He increases the ransom money and blackmails them to go to the police if they didn’t comply with his plan. When Rex realizes his father cares more about money than him, he breaks down making the trio sympathetic towards him. Agreeing to fake his kidnapping, they tag along to see the whole thing through.

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Humour Quotient of the Flick

The humour stays brilliant nevertheless. What do you expect when the likes of Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis are there to steer comedy together with their amazing comic timing? Charlie Day beams you up with his clumsiness keeping the comedy alive. All of them are really funny. What makes Bateman unique is that he is the only sane person in the group trying to jack-hammer some sense into his moronic buddies whilst Jason and Charlie keep driving into the inane all the time.

Both Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine wear the wicked veil just fine. And Jamie Foxx the MF, is still awesome. The way he negotiates. Ha! 😛 So many great laughs strewn all across the flick, it wouldn’t let you settle down for a bit.

The Final Verdict

The story is a bit annoying at times, when it keeps going up and down the good guy – bad guy dunes. It becomes predictable as we knew things had to go kaput since the franchise is all about that. However, in the end it is nothing but the dope comic timing of its actors that makes it a decent watch.

Oh! And yeah! There is Mike 😉 Breaking Bad fans will be thrilled. It is kind of a cameo.

Go for this one. Hysterical stuff!

You can check out the trailer of Horrible Bosses 2 Movie here: