‘Wonder Woman’ one of the best DCU films in a long time.

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Wonder Woman
 tells the story of Diana Prince, princess of the Amazons, before she was Wonder Woman. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

What an amazing film coming out of a pile of dogshite that’s the DC universe, don’t excuse the French. Director Patty Jenkins has brought us the best portrayal of ‘Wonder Woman’ to the screen and does the character justice to such an iconic character. What’s such a massive relief is this film being done right and wasn’t destroyed like Catwoman in 2004 and Elektra in 2005. The DC universe did get off to a rough start that didn’t deliver so fingers crossed this is a change of pace, finally.

There will be no doubts comparisons to MCU and there’s no shame in saying that Wonder Woman’s DCU’s Captain America — a fish out of water with a heart of gold only wanting to do the best for those around her. You couldn’t imagine anyone else as Wonder Woman apart from Gal Gadot and she has wonderful chemistry with Chris Pine as war pilot Steve Trevor.

Amazonians accompanying Gadot is Connie Nielsen as overprotective mother and Queen, Hippolyta and her right hand woman Antiope played by the bad ass Robin Wright, whom I love very dearly.

It’s a visually spectacular film with mind blowing action set pieces pulled on camera by Matthew Jensen. It’s not a conglomeration of special effects much like what we’ve seen in previous instalments of the DC universe in Man of Steel and Batman Vs Superman helmed by Zack Snyder and Suicide Squad helmed by David Ayer. Those films were a mess that you couldn’t make any sense out of while Wonder Woman finally had a refreshing sense of logic and humour to it. It was a film that was serious but didn’t take itself too seriously.

The film doesn’t really start going until we leave the island of Themiscyra after an average first act that was needed to set Diana up as a character. There, she’s broken into a world that’s so unlike what she imagined. And from there, we’re taken straight into the action and like I said before, it isn’t overwhelming. It’s enough to get us excited to see a woman be so bad ass and kick some bad guy butt. Amongst all this, a love story is interwoven but it isn’t a stand out, over the top aspect of the story. If this was helmed by a man, or done any differently, the hinted at sex scene would’ve been taken further and made almost pornographically unnecessary. Much like the MCU with their villains, it’s not the strongest element of this movie but the women do steal the show.

All the idiots who have brought the film down because of their sexist and misogynistic views can bite their tongues. Hard. Until they bleed. While everyone deserves their opinions and the such, there are some that just need put in their ways, to help those with those views to realise what’s ultimately wrong. There have been comments about Gal Gadot’s appearance and is downright sexist trash that makes me sick thinking about it.

Wonder Woman is one of the best films in a long time, and even since The Dark Knight all those years ago. It’s such an important movie for woman and honestly, it’s the first in a dramatic change in cinema and how we view films.

Film-O-Meter: 9/10.

‘Batman vs Superman’ is a snoozefest.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tells the story of Batman’s fears Superman’s actions are left unchecked, so he Batman takes on the man of steel while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.

Even if you went into this film with absolutely no expectations, you’d still be utterly disappointed and almost fall asleep multiple times like I did. And before you ask, I went to a 2pm showing so there wasn’t an excuse of there being a late showing. It was just an overtly action-packed snooze-fest where the fight scenes made you tired and wondering when it was all going to end.

I was always a bit skeptical about this film and the runtime way too long for what it needed as it seemed the plot seemed like it didn’t know where it was going. Taking two of the most well known DC superheroes and pinning them against each other seemed a little gimmicky, giving the first signs of hesitations in going into the film. It was quite obvious that director Zack Snyder was trying to stuff too many things into this film but with so many things happening at once, this was bound to happen, though, it was as hardly as overstuffed as Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The opening sequence was very reminiscent of Snyder’s previous work in Watchmen as we then lead onto the previous events of Man of Steel but from the perspective of Batman. This moment is done relatively well and this build up of tension is definitely felt and probably one of the only times of the film where this happens, save for the closing scenes of the film during and after the fight between Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman against the evil creation of Lex Luthor.

Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman was definitely one of the best casting choices for this new series of DC films, apart from the glimpse of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman we got. She owns this role and has the presence of the character she portrays. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor was an interesting casting choice but still yet to be entirely convinced. He did bring his own interpretation to the character as a creepy devil like character and he might still prove his worth in the films to come as he’s an amazing actor in his own right. The same is with Batfleck (sorry not sorry). He’s definitely not as good as Christian Bale’s incarnation but that trilogy was a landmark for the character’s of Gotham.

Though Henry Cavill is one of my favourite incarnations of Superman in this darker universe, nothing can beat out the cheesiness of Christopher Reeve’s version that got more ridiculous as his films progressed. Cavill needs to reach beyond the distraught and pained expression he has been playing to death in these past two films. He physically represents the role but needs to work a little harder on his personification of his character.

These two films have done very well in kickstarting their own universe much like their competition in Marvel has after a few false starts in the Green Hornet and Green Lantern.

In saying all this, however, it was a step up from it’s predecessor Man of Steel but still failed to show any significant improvement.

Film-O-Meter: 4/10