So I guess I am a little late in getting this up considering how excited I was to see this movie in the first place. I have also seen it twice now. Once opening weekend with the fiancé (engaged now btw) and again over the weekend with both nieces and mother.
Both times I enjoyed it immensely and will have to say that it is the movie that I have enjoyed the most this year but I think that was going to be a given but we will have to wait and see if Justice League lives up to potential. With my dislike of Spiderman, in which I will most likely see in cinema because of fiancé, and Thor, which I probably won’t unless fiancé again, I doubt that I will enjoy either movie as much as I did Wonder Woman as both times I came out feeling happy and with a smile on my face. Fantastic Beasts was the last movie that I felt that way about.
I could go through the plot but it is an origin story and if you know the basic history of Wonder Woman then you pretty much know it already. Diana grows up on Themyscira (Paradise Island) with her mother Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons and the Amazons themselves. She learns to fight becomes a great warrior and has never met a man until Steve Trevor crash lands. She leaves the island with him but she might never be able to return.
This how the first part of the movie goes though Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) never wants Diana (Gal Gadot) to learn to fight but eventually she is taught by her Aunt Antiope (Robyn Wright). Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) does crash land but unlike most telling’s of her origin he is not the only man to land on the island as he is followed by the German army. The first battle scene on the beach is beautifully shot, though admittedly all the fight/battle sequences are.
Just like in BvS: Dawn of Justice Gal Gadot is luminous as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and she brings a tough innocence to the character. She and Chris Pine have wonderful chemistry together. He was also wonderful and charming as Steve Trevor. Lucy Davis as Etta Candy was delightful and comical and so were Steve Trevor rag-tag team of Sameer (Said Taghmaoui), Charlie (Ewen Bremner) and Chief Napi (Eugene Brave Rock).
As for the antagonists Danny Huston does a good job with the red herring German General Erich Ludendorff as does Elena Anaya as Isabel Maru (Doctor Poison). I am however a little disappointed with Ares though I will admit that I didn’t see the misdirect when it came to him.
As mentioned before the direction and battle sequence are wonderful especially the No-Man’s Land sequence and Patty Jenkins deserves all the accolades she is getting and she should definitely do the sequel and get more directing gigs after this one.
Now usually I am not into sports anime favouring fantasy/sci-fi and occasionally a slice of life style show with a comedic bent or something with heart. I do have a fondness, I guess, for shows that are based in a high-school as I find the Japanese educational system quite interesting.
I decided to Prince of Stride a go as it was one of the shows available on Animelab that had been dubbed and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I actually watched it twice back to back finishing it the first time Saturday afternoon and re-watching last night all twelve episodes.
The show is about a high school Stride team, a fictional extreme sport that is a combination of a parkour and relay racing. Each team consists of six members 5 runners and a relationer. The relationer and runners are connected to each other through earpieces and the relationer will give instructions to their team during the race. The runners have to make sure the connect with their teammates with a hand-slap or be disqualified. They also have to deal with obstacles along the course which is where the parkour comes into.
The show follows the Honen High School Stride team of Tokyo who were once well known but are now fallen on hard times due to in-fighting and the resignation of members. As such at the beginning of the series there is only three members third year and team captain Heath Hasekura and two second years Hozumi Kohinata and Ayumu Kodowaki.
It is the beginning of the school year and Nana Sakurai in her first year has come to Honen specifically to join the Stride team aiming to be a manager, though she ends up being a relationer instead. Takeru Fujiwara has also attending the school for the same reason. The last of the firsts years is Riku Yagami who wants to join all the sports clubs and has an aversion to Stride as his brother, Tomoe, is a well-known Stride competitor, and former member of the Honen team. Tomoe and Riku used to trained together until Riku gave up as he didn’t think that he could compete with his brother and Tomoe also took the fun out of the sport.
The team go through a lot of trials just to make it through to the big Stride competition called End of Summer, including injury to Ayumu and recruiting of an ex-team member, Kyosuke Kuga, who left of bad terms due to taking the blame for others misdeeds to the return of Tomoe, who has returned to Japan after studying overseas and has joined a rival team, and the impact this has on Riku’s confidence.
This show has a lot of heart and humour and like I have said before it has pretty good music and I don’t just mean the beginning and ending themes but also the music used through the show. I am also surprised in a way that this hasn’t developed into a real sport, in a way that Quidditch did. I really enjoyed this show so I really recommend it.