Cheesy blog title is cheesy. But for real, y’all: Wonder Woman is probably my favorite superhero movie I’ve seen. The first Iron Man is the last superhero flick that got me pumped. I never really cared one way or another about Wonder Woman; she always seemed kind of silly to me. But no longer. I have been converted.
The film manages to have all the iconic trapping of our hero without making it so ridiculous looking. I mean, it’s still clearly comic book-y but it blends better into the world than say the old TV show. I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes and going “waaaat” like I have in more recent comic book flicks.
In a change of pace, the film takes place during WWI instead of WWII like every other origin story. Apparently this a change from the original comics, but I think it was a good one: do something different. Admittedly I do get a little peeved at the lack of WWI media so I am totally biased. On the other hand, seeing Wonder Woman punch Nazis would have been totally cool. Specifically given current times.
On the other other hand, seeing Wonder Woman cross No Man’s Land like a boss was also pretty damn cool. I think that was the point in the movie where I fell in love and was like “we are buying this on Blu Ray”.
I didn’t even hate the minor love plot, probably because it was more subtle than usual. Probably also because it’s female directed and not as concerned with OMFG SEX. What I’m trying to say is, I hate romance in my stories usually, but I didn’t hate it in this film. Of course, Chris Pine is hot, so that helped I’m sure.
Look, it’s a superhero origin movie. But it’s a really kick ass superhero origin movie. There’s Amazons. That right there is worth the price of admission.
I am a huge Ghost in the Shell fan. And when it comes to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex I’m not sure fan is even a strong enough word. I still haven’t seen Arise because I was (still am) bitter that it exists instead of a third season of SAC. That and they lack of the original English cast. Who were amazing. Amazing!
So when I heard that Hollywood was making a live action Ghost in the Shell movie I was excited. When I heard they cast Scarlott Johansson as the Major, I was disappointed and pretty much instantly wished the worst upon the film. I know. I’m petty.
And yet, I am also a fangirl. The teasers didn’t do anything for me, and seemed very blah. But then I saw a trailer that had all these homages to the original anime and my heart went a flatter. Yes, fanservice works on me, apparently. But still…Johansson as the Major? I was conflicted on going to see the film. The reviews did not make it sound like a film worth my money, which strangely made me more conflicted not less. Obviously I went to go see it or I wouldn’t bother writing about it.
I took the advice of a random dude on Reddit and saw the film in 3D. If you, random internet person, get the chance between standard and 3D I too would recommend the latter. It is a very pretty film and the 3D effects worked really well within the film, not like some movies where you can tell they did the shot specifically to make it “pop” out of the screen. The cinematography and set pieces are wonderfully done, although the city reminded me more of Blade Runner and not so much Ghost in the Shell. The anime is a bit more cerebral than showy in my incredibly biased opinion. But it has been a while since I sat and watched them so I could be talking out my butt.
The story…eh…I went in with very, very, very low expectations due to all the negative reviews I had read. I knew what I was in for, including the “twist” at the end. So, if you read all the bad takes on the movie chances are you will be pleasantly surprised by what you see. It’s not really the worst thing out there, just not as deep and reflective of the cartoon it’s based on. There was a lot of potential and they just kind of squandered it. But alas, Hollywood.
Headhunters (Hodejegerne in Norwegian) stars Aksel Hennie as Roger Brown, a successful headhunter who steals art from his clients to support his lavish lifestyle. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau the beautiful stars as Clas Greve, a mark who owns a rare Peter Paul Rubens painting that could ease Brown’s financial woes.
Clas is former special forces, who specialized in tracking people, and his company develops GPS technology. During the heist in Clas’ apartment, Roger’s life takes a turn for the worst, to say the least, although the turning point is rather minor compared to what awaits him.
Roger finds himself on the run with no friends or allies, no one he can trust. He’s an art thief, not your general hardened criminal, and is out of his league with all the violence that is unfolding around him.
The film has pretty darn good cinematography, and Hennie gives a brilliant performance. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot and you can never really be sure how the story is going to end. Unless you read the book, I guess, but let’s just pretend that doesn’t exist for a moment.
It’s not a perfect film, but it is definitely one I would recommend seeing if one gets the chance.
On Friday morning I went to go see the latest Angelina Jolie movie Maleficent. It turns so did all of Phoenix because the parking lot was packed and all the people in front of me were purchasing tickets for the film. I decided to go to the next showing instead but there was still a crowd and two lines just to get a seat. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Ms. Jolie will have a very successful opening weekend.
The start of the movie portraying a child Maleficent was a bit corny but it is Disney, so some cheese is to be expected. However once Jolie makes her appearance lingering doubts about the film fade away and the fun begins.
Maleficent is given a more fleshed background and motivations, and one can sympathize with her anger at King Stefan. Her relationship to Aurora was well done, and Elle Fanning is a believe puppy dog to Jolie’s hissing cat.
The ending is not the Sleeping Beauty you remember which was a nice surprise. It’s not a ten out of ten but is very solid and the Lana Del Ray version of “Once Upon A Dream” is perfection.