Justice League

Directed By: Zack Snyder
Written By: Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon (based on the Justice League comics conceived by Gardner Fox)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher

Justice League smacks of untappejOQdneopl0W6iJVpvnlDcwd potential, which is both its curse and flickering upside. It’s a great frustration that on one hand the movie can’t help but subject itself to the most cliched pit-traps of its genre— unfocussed storytelling, bouts of CGI laden cacophony (to both ear and eye), shallow characterisations, all symptoms of the film’s excessive breathlessness.

It’s a great disappointment too, given the film was surely conceived as DC’s crown jewel. Finally DC’s most cherished creations would share a live-action screen: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg. To see these characters at long last lassoed together should provide a sure-fire sentimental thrill, even for those indifferent to the comics, such is Continue reading “Justice League”

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Wonder Woman

Directed By: Patty Jenkins
Written By: Allan Heinberg (based on the comic book character by William Moulton Marston)
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis

It takes 75 minutes before C_kA36TXgAAyKf_we see Gal Gadot appear as the quintessential Wonder Woman we’re all familiar with in full flow; 75 minutes before we see the famed red top, blue shorts, gold tiara combo in combat. It’s difficult to recall a comic book film from recent times that has that same level of patience. The first that comes to mind is Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, a movie which has always appeared to be an art film masquerading as an action blockbuster. Not-so-coincidentally, Nolan’s Dark Knight films are also the last truly worthy DC inspired movies—the last, that is, until now.

The story of Wonder Woman Continue reading “Wonder Woman”