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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.

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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.

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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:

 

Triple 9 Review (2016) | Dirty Cop Fast Paced Thriller| Mediocre Theme Build Up

Triple 9 is corruption intermingled with a heist story. The best thing about it is that it has actors who can really act, and a director who can really direct. Just look at the star cast; you will be blown away to pieces by the number of veterans it packs. But the big question is does John Hillcoat use them enough?

TRIPLE 9 THEME: GET YOUR SPOILER SEAT BELTS ON

The movie justifies its moniker as it capers around the theme number of times. Pulling a Triple 9 as a diversion so that a robbery could progress unimpeded is what the movie endeavours to run its plot on. However, it focuses on everything else leaving out that perfect crime that it should have aced.

Triple Nine movie also tries to weave a complex story that entails dirty cops getting greedy for moolah, Russian clients withholding money to get more jobs done, threatening the team and familia to see the latter through, and betwixt all the commotion pulverizing a clueless good cop.

TERRIFIC DIRECTION OF TRIPLE NINE MOVIE

The way Triple 9 has been helmed will leave you appreciating the knack Hillcoat retains for acing cop-robbery movies. His pace is stunning and will keep you interested. He does a good follow up of characters, ending his incessant runs at right moments. However, the weird thing about his direction is that he ends up focusing on triviality too much. Like that instant where he follows up what Gabe Welch was drinking (Jack Daniels) to make a point.

still of the gang from triple 9 movie

MEDIOCRE HEISTS IN TRIPLE NINE

Whilst you might have seen bank robberies a bazillion times in movies, you might wonder if Triple 9 heists have something to shake things up a little. Sadly it doesn’t have that thrill to tingle your bones. The big question from the first heist is if they were doing it all for the money primarily, why didn’t they go for the money from the banks in the first place?

Overlooking that, and focusing on the good stuff, you see Chiwetel Ejiofor as Michael Atwood bringing in a rare charm through his demenaour. He walks around confidently, composedly seeing everything through, that will make you remember him for his finesse.

The second heist is performed by just two men that makes it a downhill journey per se. But surprisingly things pan out for them. Watch out for that security guard leg though!

CHARACTERS OF TRIPLE 9

Woody Harrelson’s flair is as astounding as all of his roles that somehow put him in a cop story. Sadly the screenplay basket doesn’t hold aplenty to gnaw upon. His character Jeffrey Allen build-up is not exactly heroic, but he still manages to reach there.

Straight from a movie still of Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson drinking beer together in triple 9 or triple nine

Casey Affleck creates a superb comportment for Chris Allen. He carries this rare cool mien throughout the movie with that everlasting chewing gum that you can feel that character come alive.

Anthony Mackie as Marcus Belmont is the next best thing to the tale. He is in a constant tussle with himself to pull a betrayal over Chris. Gabe Welch is the weakest link to the story as he tries to decimate the plans of the group suddenly with a change of heart. Even though Aaron Paul does fair justice to him, I wish the reason for him to turn should have been brought into the vanguard. Oooh Oooh Anthony Mackie calls him “Bitch!” one time. 😛

MICHAEL ATWOOD PLOT

Constant follow up to the Michael Atwood story will have you take him for a heroic figure, but Matt Cook, the writer of Triple 9 has other plans for him. Kate Winslet does a fairly good Irina Vlaslov but you can’t take her seriously for a mafia head. She doesn’t come too strong although her screenplay fits her character like a glove.

The most complex of all characters is that of Clifton Collins Jr. who plays Franco Rodriguez. You do not see him coming! The fact that everything sieves out on its own, might dilate your eyes though.

The best part of the Triple 9 movie which was superbly shot was that ‘breaking in the neighbourhood’ scene. The mission is a constant follow up as Chris heads his team with a tactical. The shootout is absolutely thrilling to watch.

OTHER PROBLEMS WITH TRIPLE 9

There are other downsides to triple nine apart from the aforementioned. For instance a lot of characters are simply there. I mean look at Gal Gadot who plays Elena Vlaslov. She becomes nothing but a sheer reference to her sister. There isn’t a proper character development there. Norman Reedus gets the faintest of screen time. I wish he had more. His talent ends up getting smothered, like literally, in the first few frames itself.

What constantly messes with the story is the fact that you are able to see everything through but unfortunately Chris isn’t. He is blind like a bat, and it becomes hopeless at times, if it weren’t for Jeffrey who constantly does the research and all the detective work. We could have done with a better climactic revelation kind of stuff in the end, which might have pulled the plot tauter. Also, the fact that Triple Nine goes a tad banal in the thrill department will have you miffed a little bit.

Even though there is subtlety to how the movie ends, threads still remain open. You are forced to wonder about so many things, and loose ends that don’t come to fruition. Every character is dispensable, so if you were saving your favourites, one recommendation: simply don’t!

THE FINAL CALL

At the end of it all Triple 9 still gets saved by powerpack performances by its stellar cast and brilliant direction.

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Criminal Review (2016)

Terrible waste of talent!

Okay, so the cast of the Criminal will blow your mind away. But was it all really needed when you were trying to cook an under-cooked meal? When you look at the screen time people have in the flick, known faces that try to earn a role with their popularity meter have measly dialogues to deliver, you can’t help feel sorry for them. I will name them one by one.

SPOILER CRIMINAL CHARACTERS

  1. Ryan Reynolds: Although Criminal tries to cash in on his name, he has the most laconic role ever. He disappears with a cameo. Budget issues? I get it that it was supposed to be the storyline. But really, you kill him that early? At least delve into the details!
  2. Scott Adkins: The guy can do so much. But all Vromen asked him to do was stand next to Oldman taking orders, listening to what’s next in the course like a normal guy. That was pretty much it! Did the director even know he could fight? Should have taken tips to include a fight scene at least?
  3. Michael Pitt: All he did was wait, smoke, wait more, react to some failure, eventually got shot.
  4. Antje Traue: She looked promising for a while as she slithered in that T-X kinda feel. But where does she end up? Under a bashed pot!
  5. Tommy Lee Jones: He appeared to the scene when he wanted to expound terse memory concepts, and to get ravaged by another ‘Old’Man fury.
  6. Amaury Nolasco: He was just there.
  7. Alice Eve: Was she even there?

Taking the spotlight to other actors now, those who could really act. Starting off with Kevin Costner. He still has it in him. You have to give it to him. Had this plot demanded more of him, I have no doubt he could deliver. Gal Gadot was simply good. Gary Oldman gets under the skin of his character so good that you cannot even poke him without getting gouged at. He is definitely good. Unfortunately none of them knew what ground they were in. It was a landslide, and they were dancing on it.

BETTER DIRECTOR FOR CRIMINAL?

I wish the concept of Criminal found a better director. Definitely not Ariel Vromen. There is no subtlety in him. It flung me into minutes of boredom and insouciance in the beginning itself that it was hard to concentrate. Good thing Costner did some crazy stuff to bring back the Mojo. Otherwise, it was simply falling down.

I say, this movie is criminal. It deprived us of our time, and plundered us of our money.

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Review (2016) | Adrenaline rush

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice is as dark as it gets. The world reeks of a Batsy who isn’t afraid to decimate, a misunderstood Sups trying to prove himself to the people, and a psychotic villain Lex who has bigger roguish plans in mind.

You are not brave. Men are brave.

Zack Snyder tries to delve into an era that began it all. He had so much to cover in a screen time that allows only a part of our life to be fantastically miracle-struck. There were so many characters to visit in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. So many criticalities to maintain without messing too much with the originality. So many action sequences to be covered, villainy to visit and a big gravitas to partake upon! Is he able to deliver? Yes! The end result is outrageously awesome!

DCEU Capes Have Come

Lo! Behold! The DC Extended Universe has finally unfurled, with a proper pledge to hold the ground this time around with Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. Zack has found a firm understructure that promises to write some impending tales of badass. We are left with open strings that are yet to find their knots and storylines that are about to become exceptional DC stories that will rummage out all extraordinary ideas in the open.

still of Jesse Eisenberg from Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

We have finally found the Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice that we have been waiting for so long. Jesse Eisenberg nails a taut Luthor who is deranged, unhinged, has the right words in the mouth, crooked and who always seems to stay ahead of the curve. He has all the features that we expect to see in a LexCorp promenade. Watch out for his screenplay! Totally owns the show!

Nod to Batfleck

Ben Affleck walks in with the right mien right from the start as he keeps finding himself reasons to hate Superman more. The dread in his voice is real and he makes Batsy scarier and better. A nod there to Ben! Ye have been accepted!

still of Ben Affleck as Batman Batfleck in darkseid story rogue superman parallel dimension

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is brilliant too. Her entry chimes with superheroic pizzazz.

Visuals and Score

Taking the levels of action-notch up a notch are Batman v Superman’s enthralling visual effects. A mind-boggling presentation that Zack scores with just the right angles! The bombardment and the annihilation come trundling from the graves of the extraordinaire. Adrenaline finds a new high!

Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL nail the flick’s music to perfection. Watch out for areas where the notes reach a new upbeat high, and tranches at alluring lows. Complements all frames magnificently!

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Spoilers Ahead

Even though there were ignorable bits in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice that try to mess with the regular flow, the consequence ups the stage of all benchmarks set prior for action movies. The Bat fighting seq that we see portrays an action akin to the video games franchise. He is ruthless and isn’t afraid to bring the house down spearheading with sheer chaos, brings complete destruction with his fighting moves.

still of Batman delivering a superpunch at a hooligan in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

Downsides of Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

Things that the movie missed out on are in creating the right air for the Keefe preparation. The editing went shoddy there, as Zack fails to cash in on Scoot McNairy’s character, a talented actor who gets lost in an epic tale. Also, the parallel dimensional vision, even though a tad self-explanatory, I have reason to believe people might not have understood the reference. I could have used one step at a time rather than a hotchpotch.

Another bit, where Diana spends hours to see what is going on in the metahuman department as daft references were made through video frames, was unnecessary and we could have lived without. One step at a time, again! Also, the scavenging for Kryptonite seemed a wee bit forced, primarily to make the superheroes encounter each other.

Then there is that weird Martha moment that seems to have been badly played. Batman is too quick to forgive Superman when he hears his mother’s name. That is possibly one of the biggest flaws in the movie. It is oddly enacted and doesn’t feel right.

Knight vs Day

The big battle between the two in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice doesn’t match the levels of what we have already perceived in comics and animated series. But it is still very good as Batsy keeps acing his blows with expert lines.

still of doomsday from batman v superman dawn of justice

Doomsday makes things even better with his presence. But I feel he deserves more screen time taking into consideration the kind of villain he is, and what he means to the comic world. We meet the popular Kryptonian end in this one, but we already knew how that was supposed to pan out! Didn’t we? 😉

Highly recommended for all DC lovers and action buffs! I choose to ignore Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie’s flaws for the sheer fact that I am a loco DC buff. So good, I am going to watch this flick again.

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Doomsday is here! Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first look

All hail Doomsday!

The most badass trailer of Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice has hit the world. He is here. The slayer of Superman! So we know him as. The reason Superman went missing from the comic universe for a while! He has finally made his entrance (a theatrical one) into the mainstream cinema, and he wouldn’t stop at nothing to do it again in front of zillions of live audience.

People who already know him from the DC universe have gone crazy. Those who don’t know him, the aforementioned plot details would suffice. We don’t want to spoil it for ya!

Looks: So yes even I was surprised when I saw him for the first time in the trailer. He looked more like a ninja turtle if it were not for his laser wielding eyes. Some have been abominating him saying he resembles The Abomination (The Incredible Hulk villain) from the Marvel universe. Ok yes the latter resemblance was quite uncanny. Also, where did the Doomsday mane go? His bones look great. He is big too. Boy I am reminiscent already! But we don’t really care, as long as Zack keeps the storyline awesome. I just want his direction to touch Nolan heights. And fingers crossed!

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Something tells me, the storyline isn’t going to be exactly the same as that of the comics or the animated series. His origins from the trailer seem to be Zod’s DNA or something, with some rad Luthor perversion doing some black magic in the backdrop, which is totally unlike the original story.

Whatever the reason for his existence must be or whoever is bringing him to life, we are super-psyched to have him here and thrilled to finally see him get personified into a character that actually looks good.

The world accepts you Doomsday! Welcome!