The Badger On: Wonder Woman (Movie)

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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.

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The Badger On: Batman: The Killing Joke (Graphic Novel and Movie)

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If you read my other blog you would know that I am on a bit of a DC binge with all my entertainment pursuits being DC related with the exception of The Magicians (only one episode left!!) and strangely enough episodes of the first season of Pokemon (blame GO for that). Hell, I watched Dawn of Justice twice last week alone and the extended edition to boot. My assessment on re-watch is that I know what they were trying to achieve with the movie, especially when it comes to Lex, I just don’t think they pulled it off with the exception being WONDER WOMAN!!! The SDCC for her movie is PHENOMENAL BTW so is Justice League one.

Enough of me hyping movies that won’t be released until next year. Today’s review/opinion piece is on the well-known and critically acclaimed book and the animated version of it, Batman: The Killing Joke.

The graphic novel is written by Alan Moore with the art by Brian Bollard and was released in 1988. Admittedly I had only read the book for the first time about a month ago. Actually that is wrong I bought the book in March of this year in preparation of when the movie will be released. I started to read it but the content and story is a little full on so I stopped reading only to pick it up about a month ago to finish reading it.

The story is considered a possible origin story for the Joker and even he states in the book that he prefers his past to be multiple choice. During the story we see flashbacks to what Moore and Bollard see as his origin. A former chemical engineer who quits to be a comedian and fails. With a pregnant wife, who he cannot support, he agrees to lead some crooks though the chemical plant he worked for so they can rob the factory next door. On the day of the job he is told that his wife and unborn child have died in a freak accident but is forced to do the job anyway. Wearing the Red Hood mask he leads them through only to be found by security and Batman. Scared and unable to see properly he trips and falls in a vat of chemicals and gets washed into the overflow bleaching his skin, turning his hair green and insane.

In the ‘present day’ Joker shoots Barbara Gordon and as his goons kidnap Commissioner Gordon. The Joker takes provocative photos of her as she is injured and bleeding (this is what made me stop reading the book). They take the Commissioner to an abandoned amusement park, strip him naked and subject him to torture, including the photos that Joker had taken of his daughter. Joker is doing this to prove a point. That even the best of people, the Police Commissioner of Gotham City perhaps, can be driven completely insane after having one bad day.

Batman, naturally shows up and rescues the Commissioner, who is not insane and orders him to do it by the book. After a fight in which Joker does his bad-guy monolouge in which he informs Batman what the purpose of it all was and correctly guesses that Batman does what he does because he too had a bad day. Batman, of course wins and lets Joker know that the Commissioner is not insane and that it is only him that went insane after all. He then offers Joker help as he fears that their rivalry will lead to one killing the other, in which of course Joker refuses. The story ends with the Joker telling a joke and both of them laughing.

Now the movie sticks very faithfully to this story with the exception of the first third to half of the movie, it is not a long story after all. The first part revolves around Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and I understand why they did it to. For those that are going to watch the movie who have never read the book or know much about Barbara Gordon, for something like what happened to her matter to the audience you have to care and you have to see why Batman cares. A friend of mine who was lucky enough to see the movie in theatre called the Batgirl part a backstory and in some ways it was but it was more of what leads Batgirl to quit.

I am, however, a little uncertain of it all maybe on re-watch and on a bigger screen (I watched in on a iPad Mini) I might appreciate/like it more. Barbara comes off cocky and arrogant which of course leads Batman to pull her reigns in a bit which of course makes her down right bratty. That didn’t really make me like her all that much and then the Batman/Batgirl fight leading to sex didn’t make it much better. I wasn’t surprised by the Bat sex per say as that part of their relationship had been hinted at in other DC related media that I had read or watched and I realise that it is not unnatural for something like that to happen but I just not sure if it was appropriate.

That being said it the movie was very well made and the voice acting was naturally wonderful. In Batman circles when you have Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker you can’t get any better. Tara Strong also did a  great job with Barbara Gordon as did Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon.

 

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The Badger On: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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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