There was not going to be any doubt that I was going to see this movie. Being the DC fangirl that I am I was always going to see it. The Eagle did not come but I knew that he wouldn’t considering his dislike for Ben Affleck. I however was not alone as my niece had requested this movie as her 10th birthday present so she along with her sister and my mother went along on Friday night (17 November 2017) to see it.
I am probably going to be a little more critical on this movie than a lot of fan reaction that I have seen. Don’t get me wrong I did like the movie a lot but I do see its flaws and it could have been a lot better than what it was. With all the problems they had I am not surprised. With the edits to the script and reshoots to Zack Snyder stepping down and Joss Whedon taking over and I also suspect there may have been a few too many hands in the pie at Warner Brothers when it came to editing as well it is not surprising that the movie seemed a little rushed and the plot and villain seeming weak.
They did however get the heroes right. Ben Affleck’s Batman/Bruce Wayne was a showed his vulnerability a lot more in this film. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman/Diana Prince was the compassionate heart of the team, the den mother. As for the new comers each one of them were in their own way trying to find their place in the world with these new abilities. Ezra Miller’s Flash/Barry Allen is a the light and humour of the film. Jason Momoa Aquaman/Arthur Curry added strength to a character that is seen as weak to those that only know him from the old Superfriends cartoon. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg/Victor Stone I think was the one that I worried about the most as I have a fondness for the Cyborg character but worried that he would not be portrayed quite right. I had nothing to fear though as I think that he was wonderful and added soul to the team.
I guess I can’t talk about the heroes side of things without talking about Superman. I am not the biggest fan of Superman as you may know from my other blog but I have to say I liked him a lot more in this movie than I have before, not that I really had a problem with him in Man of Steel or Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. His disorientation and anger after being resurrected was understandable and I enjoyed his interaction with Flash and their ‘race’ in the movie and also in the credit scene. My elder nieces adores Henry Cavill’s Superman and she gushed about them coming out of the movie.
As stated the plot and the villain were not strong but here goes. I am not going to go into detail about it extensively but I will say that I am not familiar with Steppenwolf as a character as I have not read any books that have him as a character. I know that he has appeared in various DC/Justice League cartoons though he did not make much of an impression on me that I even remembered his name or would know who he was if I was to re-watch. Let just say the arrives meaning to take over and reshape with earth in the name of Darkseid using 3 mother boxes. Batman and Wonder Woman gather up the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg and using one of the mother boxes resurrect Superman and they take Steppenwolf down.
All the main actors act well and the fight scenes and affect were well handled.
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.
If you read any of my other blog then you know that I have been looking forward to this movie so much so that I had to strike a deal with my BF to actually see the movie. He refused to see it on the grounds of Ben Affleck, whom he doesn’t like. I, on the other hand, had never seen Avatar and had no plans of ever seeing it due to my dislike of James Cameron and I my resentment that The Last Airbender movie could not have Avatar somewhere in the title, though I should probably should let that one go since the movie was terrible and actually did injustice to the fabulousness that is the Nickelodeon cartoon.
I watched Avatar and so my BF saw the movie with and my niece, who has put in her request for what she wants to see next.
Now on to the actual movie….
I liked, it though admittedly I do have some issues with it.
The editing and maybe direction was not the best and at times it did not make much sense.
- It was a little too long
- I had issues with Batman’s use of guns
- Lex was a little too crazy for my liking, he seemed kind of Jokerish to me.
WONDER WOMAN !!!!
What can I say. Every about her part in this movie was….well wonderful though a little more of her would have been nice. She was strong, beautiful and charismatic and had the best theme music. Looking forward to Gal Gadot in her movie next year.
Ben Affleck played his part well, but then I never had any problem with his casting, I am probably one of the few that could see it and thought it was a good choice. My BF thought he did a reasonable job which is saying a lot for him though he thought he was a little too big in size but I had no problem with that.
I am not a big fan of Superman so I am probably not going to say a lot about him. My niece on the other hand loves him and was sad when he ‘died’. I liked Lois however and thought Amy Adams did a good job there.
Not sure how I feel about two out of the three cameos/intros to the rest of the Justice League. I am meh on Aquaman though I do like the choice of Jason Momoa. Flash I will have to wait and see but that is only because I love the Flash TV show and have a hard time seeing the Flash as any but Grant Gustin. Now Cyborg on the other hand I am looking forward to as I am huge fan of his from the Justice League cartoon movie and his cameo along with the dream sequence and maybe Lex’s ramblings at the end gives us an idea of what is to come.
Well that is all