Wonder Woman Review (Spoilers!!!)

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Not going to lie, I went to this movie anticipating that it wouldn’t be great. Batman v Superman was confusing, and I worried that like it’s predecessor, this would be a movie only DC fans would understand and enjoy.

I love that I was wrong.

 One thing I enjoyed was the way they weaved Greek Mythology into the movie.

Spoilers Ahead, so If you haven’t seen the movie, this is your last warning.

In the movie, Hippolyta, Diana’s mother, tells her a story of how Man and the Amazons were created. Her story showed that the Amazons came from the sea to teach Man love. It reminded me of the legends of Aphrodite. She was born from sea foam and the goddess of Love.

As the movie continues, the theme of Amazons representing love and compassion continues. When she fights Ares, she learns she is the daughter of Zeus, and a Goddess created to kill Ares.

At the end of the movie, she implies she is the goddess of love, and a guardian of Man.

I did a quick check, if memory served, Diana was the Roman goddess of the Hunt, and I wondered why they didn’t go more in that direction when they wrote the screenplay.

Diana was the goddess of hunting, wooded areas, and animals, But she was also the Goddess of Light. She was also the goddess of childbirth, healing, darkness, witchcraft, and the kingdom of the dead.

She was also the patron goddess of the lower classes, and one of her temples required a runaway slave to be the head priest.

Diana was a guardian, and Wonder Woman is a guardian.

This movie wasn’t a dramatization of mythology, but it was inspired by mythology in an interesting a different way that made the movie more interesting.

Review of Power Rangers (2017)

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Okay, so this review comes with a story. Anyone who watches Power Rangers, at least the ’90’s version, either loves it or sees only over the top acting, yelling, play-fighting, and villains that talk, yet their mouths don’t sync with the words.

In other words, I loved it when I was six, and then ignored or forgot about it.

When I saw the first poster for it, hung in a back hallway of an over sized movie theater, I jokingly turned to my friend and said we should go see it.

She thought I was a nut.

When I saw the first trailer for the show, for the first half of it, I was excited because I thought it was a reboot of the Breakfast Club.

Not going to lie, I was a little disappointed when I realized it wasn’t.

Then, I showed the trailer to Friend 1.

And she really wanted to see it.

Time passes, I go to the Lego Batman Movie with a different friend and her son. When the Power Rangers trailer came on, I turned to my friend.

“The first time I saw this, I thought it was a Breakfast Club remake.”

“You mean it’s not!?!!”

Snickers of the man behind us… guess we were a little loud.

 

Fast forward to a week before the Power Rangers movie comes out, and another trailer comes out.

And another conversation ensued.

Me: “There’s another trailer for that Power Rangers movie. It’s pretty funny there’s a kid driving a transformers-looking dog, crashing it.”

Friend 1: “Zord?”

Me: “I don’t know what that is.”

Friend 1: “The dinosaur robots on Power Rangers are called Zords.”

Me: “…… I thought you never watched that show?”

Friend 1: “I haven’t.”

I still can’t get her to admit she used to watch the original show.

Finally, the day before I went to the movie, I did what I always do when going to a remake/ reboot / sequel, and watched the original. In this case, I watched the first episode of the original series on Netflix.

 

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It was awful. The costumed villains were obnoxious, and the bad voice overs were really distracting. I didn’t even want to see the movie, but I had already purchased the tickets.

As much as I wanted to hate the movie, from the first scene I was interested.

The next scene was absurd, hilarious, and very high school. Car chases (in the movie there are two) are filmed more chaotically than what’s I’ve seen, with the camera taking the view of a backseat passenger, watching the driver, and looking out different windows at what’s going on outside the car. It was jarring, but interesting, and different.

Most of the movie is character development, leading up to one huge climatic battle, so if you go hoping for non-stop chaos, keep in mind that its over an hour before you see a power ranger costume. Instead, go for the comedy.

Every one of the kids has something in their life that they have to come to terms with in the movie. Two lost parents, one is dealing with her family’s intolerance of her sexual orientation, one destroys his perfect future with a car accident. But the best was Kim’s. And once again I won’t give it away.

 

Beauty and the Beast

I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while now, and the I’ll admit, I risked spoilers to read reviews, listen to cast interviews, I even googled images of the set and actors, curious about the costumes and how the cartoon would translate to live action.

Naturally, I went to the first showing I could squeeze into my schedule, which happened to be early Friday evening. First thing I noticed? It was a beautiful movie, very detailed in the backgrounds and the costumes.


The opening dance was fun, and showed the incredible narcissism of the prince. It was more dynamic than the cartoon this movie is based on, where the prince who was turned into a beast was a child when it happened.

Which brings me to the next thing I noticed about the movie. Unlike Maleficent, Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon, and Alice in Wonderland, the other movies Disney has done a live action remake of, Beauty and the Beast stayed very close to the original. As in, much of the same narration and even some of the same lines, but the movie is about an hour longer than the original, with small plot changes that make the story more engaging, more interesting, and funny.

Seriously, watch this guy during the movie and listen to what he says.


He was a fairly brainless sycophant in the original, but this version of Lafou is almost sarcastic in his admiration and delivers some of the funniest comments throughout the movie.

Another awesome addition to the movie.

Female empowerment.

Belle makes things happen. If she doesn’t like something, she finds a solution. Like inventing a washing machine so she could have time to teach a little girl how to read.

I’d love to continue talking about this movie, and may write a longer review for the DVD release, (May not, I’m absent minded) but it occurs to me that most of you may not have seen it and I’d hate to ruin this movie for anyone.

But seriously, I love the movie.