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Movie Review – Wonder Woman Carries the Fate of DCEU


Wonder Woman has finally arrived and she makes sure that she won’t let DCEU’s fate stay in the dark, literally and figuratively.

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Director Patty Jenkins delivers a cinematic marvel (no puns intended), and finally gives us a DC movie that we all have been waiting for. Wonder Woman is the best of both the world. It follows Patty Jenkin’s style of character drama and human relationships while it also makes sure that Zack Snyder’s visual storytelling is not lost in the process.

Wonder Woman takes place way before the events of Batman vs Superman. The movie takes place in world plagued by the World War 1. The story follows her journey from Themyscira, being raised in women only society as a young Amazonian warrior to the man’s world griped in the fear of war and chaos.

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The movie not only carries itself, but carries the entire DCEU on its shoulders. It is simply incredible how two women save a universe that has always believed that its primary characters Batman and Superman are the only ones to be focused upon.

Diana’s origin story is handled in the very traditional comic book manner. We see her first in Themyscira where Steve Trevor crash lands and is later invaded by the Germans. The first introduction to this feminist utopia is a visual treat. The imagery is nothing like the grim and gritty world in which DCEU has existed so far. The colours are bright, the landscapes are vivid. Overall Diana’s home is a cinematic beauty with an example of beautiful storytelling.

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The supporting Amazonian characters include General Antiope played by Robin Wright and Queen Hippolyta played by Connie Nelson. They have their own persona and character development in the movie. Young Diana, played by Lily Aspell also delivers a strong performance as a warrior in training who knows that she is different but still don’t know her role and purpose in the world.

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Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor in the standard manner befitting of any “companion” to a superhero: he has his own character development and his story progresses with his own narrative. For Trevor, it is in a way that also embodies the message of the movie. At one point, Trevor sets up a strategic move to support Wonder Woman in action. That same maneuver is a direct reflection of something he had seen on Themyscira, showing his belief in Diana and her Amazons.

The movie has its own funny moments. This is probably the first movie that has a corny Marvel like humor. There are also plenty of fish-out-of-water moments with Trevor explaining the world and human nature to Diana. It’s the character building moments like these that give Wonder Woman take a stance in the war

Soon after the action starts and the action delivers, even if Wonder Woman’s high bound leaps suffer from a bit of CGI excess. But even the Overblown Climax — a staple of superhero extravaganzas, especially in the DC universe — works in a big way, and there are consequences felt and checks and balances for every blow thrown.

“Wonder Woman” has action, humor and heart. For a actor like Gal Gadot, who has always been an eye candy in Fast and Furious movies, this has been a big break and a chance to show her acting talent. This is a movie that delivers. Wonder Woman gives you a fresh perspective and is a must watch for every moviegoer.

Rating 4.5 out of 5

 

Justice League Trailer Breakdown


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Let me tell you a story. After failure of Batman v Superman DC exes sat down with Zack Snyder. They asked Snyder to analyze why their movies get so much bashing while Marvel keeps winning. The same MARVEL THAT ONCE HAD A PLATHORA OF MEDIOCRE CHARACTERS AND THEIR ONLY TOP PERFORMING CHARACTER WAS SPIDER-MAN.

Snyder thinks, he tells the execs – ‘I think it’s the jokes,’

‘Marvel has a lot of jokes in the movies,’ Snyder continues, ‘I think we should add more jokes and shoot a major chunk of the movie during the daytime.’

And hence we got Justice League.

DC is desperate. The early trailer at SDCC proves that the company is trying to gain the trust of the fans one more time. Only this time they have added the element of humor and jokes in their trailer. Finally they have joined Marvel in the line of making funny trailers, on which the fans used to take pride in one calling ‘our movies are dark and serious’ and ‘we don’t make funny movies like Marvel does.’ They can proudly join the bandwagon of DC loves fun and humor.

My only problem is that these jokes are on the level of Green Lantern.

Despite all the hate, I have learned to hold my horses. There are parts of the trailer that made me feel intrigued and like every DC movie that has disappointed me in the past, I am going to watch this movie as well.

Here is my analysis for the trailer

Meet Aquakhal

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Probably the worst addition to the team, Jason Mamoa’s casting was happened in a time when DC was ruled only and only by Zack Snyder. He thought Mamoa will be as dark and brooding character like every character in DC universe. Only then time changed, now he has to be a fun character and it simply doesn’t come out. He looks out of place Old Spice model. Everytime he shows up in the trailer is a cringeworthy moment, but I’ll talk about the cringiest moment later.

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We move to another scene where we see an ancient king buying a secret. Somehow I hope that he is King Arthur and this leads to a Justice League Dark movie. He and his army men bury something deep underground that looks like a mother box. Either this is the same mother box that gave Cyborg his exoskeleton or it is one of the hidden one that Steppenwolf is seeking on the Earth.

Wonder Woman in action

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If Aquaman is the worst part of the trailer than Wonder Woman is the best. Gal Gadot is the Wonder Woman personified, whether she is in her costumer or not. In the trailer she looks fierce and battle ready. She stares at a foe out of focus from the scene as Diana emerges from behind the shield.

An Alcoholic Aquaman

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If he was not forcibly trying to be dark and brooding, he is also a drinker. We will get to see some tragic backstory may be in a very Snyder style.

Meet Cyborg

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I have never seen Ray Fisher act. We get to see his character before he met with that horrific accident. Here Victor Stone is the high school football player studying at Gotham University. His collage’s name can be seen on both his jacket and in the background. This scene may be a flashback as we have already met a fully transformed Cybog in Batman v Superman.

Meet Barry Allen

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We get to see the best part of the trailer. We meet Barry Allen, Erza Miller is Barry Allen defined on the screen. A confused, one liner cracking superhero who has his own issues. He needs friends.

Now this is the part that worries me. While the scene looks a lot similar to Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker in Civil War, the jokes are simply out of place. A dialogue sounds forced and the ‘I need friends’ part creates a very Green Lantern’esque nostalgia in my mind. I hope his dialogues are better than this.

Otherwise Erza Miller is the Barry Allen personified, with a sequence he wins the whole trailer.

Justice Four in Action

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Finally we meet the first four of Justice League. Cyborg’s suit looks unfinished while I am still wondering why Barry has an armor suit. They head into an underground tunnel to fight something unknown. Aquaman is not here, he’ll be saved for the final battle to emerge has the king and tell everyone, ‘hey look I am here to help you peasants.’

I am more excited to see Superman with a ponytail. I hope they don’t spoil that in the trailers.

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Just what I feared, there are a lot of worries regarding Aquaman already. I hope they don’t make him a joke in the team. Right now he sounds like a character who his forcibly trying to be serious but his teammates don’t take him seriously.

I can just hope that Aquaman’s baddassery is shown to the audience and we get to see Jason Mamoa wearing his golden armor and in blonde hair.

 

Villain of Choice for The Flash Movie


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Flash, hits to the theaters in 2018. With an impressive rogue gallery, there are a lot of interesting villains to choose from.

While most of us want this to be a time travel movie with Reverse Flash/Zoom as the main villain, I personally want the movie to be centered around Barry and Central City.

I for one don’t want Reverse Flash in the first movie. I want him to be working behind the shadows and coming out in a future installment as a full fledged villain.

As per my understanding, Flash has been a superhero for a while in DCEU and when we see him in the movies he’ll already have a few enemies.

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My suggestion is to keep Rogues as the secondary villains with Captain Cold, Heatwave, Weather Wizard and Mirror Master teaming up to defeat Flash. These are the villains who Barry defeated in the past and sent them to jail. They meet and decide to take him down for once and for all.

But then The Rogues have a code of honour and are big fans of flash. They have helped him save Central City on a few occasions and this is where the primary villain comes into play.

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Gorilla Grodd is a hyper-intelligent telepathic gorilla with the power to control the minds of others. At one time, he was nothing more than an average ape, but after an alien spacecraft crashes in his African home, Grodd and his troupe are imbued with super intelligence by the ship’s pilot.

We can have a formidable villain who mind controls most of Central City. The final battle takes place as Barry teams up with the Rogues, beats Gorilla Grodd and saves central city.

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I’d suggest the filmmakers to show Thawne during the after credit scenes or show up in the final battle. That will make the ending more impactful and keep the interest in the future films going.

Do suggest your ideas in the comments section.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition Review


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Batman v Superman’s extended edition came out last week and I got a chance to watch the much hated and criticized version of Zack Snyder’s epic failure on the box office. I long time back I told you that why a Justice League movie in bound to fail. I was then called a bully by many. But I guess my predictions were almost true after all.

Batman v Superman is as heartbreaking as my last breakup. You wait for something for two years, as the time goes by, you cannot stop talking about it. Then comes the day when it turns out to be a lousy move and you leave for your home, alone and heartbroken.

So who is to be blamed, for the movie (not for my breakup). After extended edition, it turns out that it was totally Warner bros fault who decided to cut down the movie at important parts. No wonder it turned out to be so badly edited. While a lot of things make sense, most of the things don’t. Lex’s plan and how he obtains the files is still unknown, Batman and Superman’s rivalry and that cringe worthy Martha scene are things leave you baffled in the end.

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The best part of Ultimate Edition is that it makes Clark Kent an actual character. The greatest improvement to the film comes from Clark’s expanded story. The biggest problem with theatrical cut was that it shorted Clark Kent/Superman’s real story. The theatrical version didn’t give Clark a whole lot to do while the Ultimate version gives him so much more. Clark has to consider the consequences of his actions throughout the movie and Batman becomes his dark mirror.

There’s a scene prior to the car chase sequence where Clark meets with the wife and son of one of the criminals branded by Batman. All of a sudden the entire sequence and why Superman needed to confront Batman starts making sense. Because of lack of these sequence, the Batman Superman fight scene feels like a random moment in the theatrical cut.

We also get some Superman moments that make him seem a lot less like a cranky and mopey persona and more like a responsible hero. There is a huge sequence after the Capital bombing where we see Superman helping survivors as the carnage of the aftermath unfolds.

The expanded opening gives us flamethrowers scorching bodies which implicates that Superman killed the African warlords. We also get a lot more insight into Lex’s overall scheme and get actual confirmation of every implication about Lex’s responsibility for the bombing of the Capitol. The extra scenes make this plot point feel a little more fleshed out. It’s not perfect, but then things start making sense.

Han Zimmer’s Man of Steel theme does more for the character than the actual performance does. The piano melody is solemn, lonely, but hints at an abundance of hope. Although not the bombastic and powerful ballad given to us by John Williams, it does tease the old theme throughout the soundtrack, and the newer theme is a strong piece that makes up for some of the character’s flaws to create a feeling of greater depth.

Actually, Han Zimmer and Junkie XL did a great job with the soundtrack. With Batman’s Suite we hear hints of Danny Elfman’s take on the character. Some of the music is drowned out in the mix early on in the film, but some songs come through quite powerfully. Namely ‘Is She with You?’ the Wonder Woman Theme, which is an onslaught of heavy war drums and gritty guitar riffs. Well done.

Other tracks are more operatic, perhaps more in line with the great opera Zack Snyder attempted presenting us with. The Lex Luthor theme is whimsical and maniacal all at once, much like the character portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg.

The Ultimate version doesn’t fix everything. If you’re looking for any clarification about the strange dream sequences (aka the ‘Knightmare’), then it still doesn’t make sense. Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is still badly written character. The bit where Superman says ‘Martha’ and they become best friends: still there. Nothing here helps lighten the overall dark and philosophical tone of the film. The editing becomes better, the direction is still bad so you’ll still have to sit through the three hours of bad filmmaking.

In any case, the “Batman v Superman” Ultimate Edition will be a nice thing to have going forward into the DC Extended Universe. It’s not the best possible version of the movie, but it’s better than being saddled with the theatrical cut forever.

 

Trailer Analysis: Batman V Superman


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A few weeks ago, after a low quality teaser of Batman v Superman leaked on the internet, Zack Snyder officially released a trailer for the film. The first footage with a number of bits and pieces arranged together drops a few hints about how the movie is going to be.

The music has a very electronic vibe yet is very percussive that actually fits the tone of the movie. The scene cuts to a Superman statue in middle of Metropolis with some commentary in background. It sounds more like an interview, but who are they interviewing?

Metropolis in background look very much different than the one Superman destroyed in Man of Steel. The conversation in background highlights a voice asking “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?”

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There is another voice in the interview roundup that sounds like Neil deGrasse Tyson with an awkward emphasis on the word Alien. It seems that Superman’s appearance on Earth’s culture has become a hot topic and to some extent a matter of concern. This shot cuts to Superman surrounded by people with a group with emo makeup who sound like members of some kind of Superman fanclub. Superman looks sad, tired and heartbroken as usual. For a hero who is called hope and savior for humankind he has been constantly portrayed as a sad and destructive force of nature. But that is not my main concern about the movie.

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The scene cuts to Superman’s iconic pose lifting a Russian craft crashing on Earth, that kind of reminds me of the cover page of Superman #1 . The arguments in background grow stronger with a female voice yelling “they are not telling us the truth.” Followed by a man shouting “this is our planet”.

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The trailer clearly shows a pattern, there is a conflict of opinions. People of Earth are insecure about Superman’s presence. Bits of this sequence sound like Kingdom Come’s prologue.

While the conversation grows stronger, the focus towards Superman’s statue keeps increasing along with words like ‘Power’ Chaos’ and ‘tragedy’ continue to appear in a pattern.

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The scene quickly cuts to a sequence where a group of policemen bow in front of Superman. This is an obvious callback from Man of Steel where Superman was shown in handcuffs. Also those helmets look like those of German soldiers in WW2, kind of weird isn’t it?

This entire trailer is submerged in complicated symbols like first Man of Steel trailer which is kind of ironic because the first movie turned out to be a destruction porn on such a great level that it makes me afraid about new symbols. I can only deduce that Zak Snyder is still obsessed with Watchmen days, he should understand that symbols only work in a specific zone of comic book movies and not everywhere.

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I have read at a few places that voices continue to change speaker modes, while a few voices come from left speaker other like Jesse Eisenberg come from the right one. More symbolism I must say. Another scene cuts to Superman’s statue and then the line ‘devils don’t come from hell beneath us.’ That is followed by ‘They come from Sky’ showing Superman in a very godlike pose.

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Final cut at the statue along with chants saying ‘go home,’ along with a final now in light statue that has been vandalized as false god.

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The scene now cuts to Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne and Jeremy Irons who plays Alfred in this movie speaking in the background. He talks about starting something but what exactly remains a mystery for now. There are talks about rage and powerlessness while the shot cuts to Batman’s suit. It seems it hasn’t been used for a while.

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We now see Batman standing in a building with random words written all over the place, while some say it is a clue to Wonder Woman others can’t help noticing Riddler’s question mark at a corner. The lights start flickering in Snyder’s trademark style and we get to see the Batwing. The score now gets intense with explosions and Batman taking out bad guys. The scene cut to the new Batmobile and then finally Batman. I love his chin, very Batman like straight from the comics, he is huge and is very pissed of.

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Over to a shot where Batman is holding a rifle, reminder that Frank Miller gave Batman a rifile in his Dark Knight run I am sure that Snyder taking a lot of material from here.

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Finally we get to see World’s finest facing off each other. An armored clad Batman stares Superman in the sky. Another bunch of symbols, while Batman stares in dark Superman floats in light.

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Batman sounds not in mood of giving any shit to the man hovering on top of him. He growls ‘“Tell me, do you bleed?” the intensity of this scene is no close to any other. Here is a man without any superpowers standing to confront a man who is considered as a god by most of the people in the world. Superman finally comes on the ground while the screen fades to dark.

There is no clue of Wonder Woman or Aquaman. It is safe to consider that both these characters will have glorified cameos before making full appearance in Justice League. May be we will meet the new characters in a new trailer.

This trailer doesn’t drop many hints about the movie but DC is back to its dark tone. We don’t know the timeline of the story and leaves us with a lot of questions. The movie won’t come out next year in March when we get our answers and see how DC Cinematic Universe is actually shaping.