That Movie Called Wonder Woman

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At this point, superhero movies are pretty much on my auto-watch list regardless of the original comic studio. But I must say that Wonder Woman left me in awe, as so many of its messages were fantastically delivered to the audience. Breath-taking. That’s probably the word most fitting to describe this movie in my opinion. Props to the production team for putting so much effort in this film.

Who is Wonder Woman?

We know her as Diana Prince, the superhero in DC Comics. A woman with enormous strength and intelligence. Utterly passionate about bringing love and justice to the world. But before that, she originally came from this secret island called Themiscyra, where she was raised by the Amazons, a tribe of woman warriors vowed to defeat Ares the God of War.

We see the way Diana was raised. The whole island loved her and cared deeply about her well-being. But she was treated differently. As a princess, Little Diana wasn’t allowed to train like the usual Amazons, even though she had been sneaking around the field practicing her punches and kicks. But her aunt saw the importance for her to learn how to defend herself, and eventually Diana was allowed to be trained like Amazon warriors. Harder, even.

THIS is the kind of positive message I’m happy it’s getting spread. Especially when Antiope said that they would be neglecting their duties if Diana didn’t know how to defend herself. Teaching a woman how to defend herself, telling her she is capable enough instead of just tucking her away in safe zone.

Who will I be if I stay?

As the story progresses, Diana made up her mind to leave the island and save the war-torn world along with Steve Rogers Trevor. Cues gathering the rest of the team, tons of action scenes and spiral kicks along with their intended slow-motion effect to dramatize the whole thing. Definitely visually appealing in all aspects.

Wonder Woman (2017) © Warner Bros. Entertainment

 Simple story, excellent execution

Upon leaving Themiscyra, Diana is thrown into a male-dominated world with limited view on mankind. The world is bleak, the people are not as good as she had initially thought. Men can commit crime on purpose. Advanced weapons are designed to terrorize fellow humans. Happiness and safety are luxuries in the middle of war-torn places.

Despite those terrible facts, Diana still believes that there’s more about humans which makes them deserve salvation. What drives her to continue her fight is simply her pure desire to help human. Cheesy as it sounds, but that’s why this movie totally works. She’s truly a protector with no other hidden agendas. Everything about her actions scream warmth and sincerity. Love sustains her throughout the process.

Gal Gabot did a fantastic job with Wonder Woman’s character. Just a side note, I’m also loving Chris Pine as Steve Trevor asdgsdfghsf Really appreciate how the slow-burn romance is really just an element to strengthen the plot and it totally doesn’t overshadow Diana’s characterization.

Considering the current political situation, being cynical is the easiest and most common option. But Wonder Woman reminds us all to keep fighting for peace and love because intangible things like them are the ones which truly matter after all.

It’s called a hustle, sweetheart!

Zootopia-poster-2You know that feeling when you discover something amazing that you didn’t expect? That feeling when you left the cinema with satisfaction so high you can’t stop smiling and laughing? Yeah, that was my case with Zootopia. Another beautiful 3D-animation movie by Disney! Beyond the captivating art and entertaining story, lies a deeper message for all!  Continue reading It’s called a hustle, sweetheart!

Get Pitch-slapped for the Second Time!

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WARNING: CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS OF THE FIRST MOVIE

Most of you might not know but I’m a HUGE fan of the first Pitch Perfect movie. The witty dialogues, sweet romance, some friendship bonding thingy and a capella thrown in the mix — I’m sold to this franchise, people. Anyhow, with a great movie comes a great expectation for its sequel. But Pitch Perfect 2 met my expectations and reminds me why I love this series in the first place.

Continue reading Get Pitch-slapped for the Second Time!

Age of Ultron: Another epic battle!

avengers_age_of_ultron_2015_movie-wideTo celebrate the end of my test week (which was also the reason why I seemed to have vanished from the internet), yesterday I went to see Marvel’s most anticipated movie this year, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We Indonesian peeps are very lucky to have the privilege of seeing it earlier than almost half the world!

Just to be safe, this is no way an in-depth review of the movie but more like a random rambling by a crazy blogger who has nothing to post. Oh, and don’t worry, this is a completely spoiler-free post!

So what did I think of the movie? One word to describe: EPIC. The tension builds up to that one hell of an AMAZING battle scene — an all-out war against the Avengers’ new enemy, a tremendous threat for humanity. Needless to say, since this is Marvel, the visual effects are so far away from being a disappointment. I was also really happy to see these awesome heroes fighting together again, though facing some rocks in the process. Iron Man is still hilarious and oh. My. God. Did Chris Evans get hotter or what?? These two seem to be the main force in this war and not that it’s a terrible idea but I wish Black Widow had had more screen time? Haha.

Anyway, there are also new characters being introduced in the movie. I was unsympathetic toward them at first, but in the end, I found myself getting a little attached to them.  I’m definitely looking forward to the next Marvel movie! Phase Two is going to wrap up really soon with the release of Ant-Man in July and then we still have plenty of movies in Phase Three, starting with Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Here’s the list:

  • Captain America: Civil War (May 2016) – Iron Man will be in it 😉
  • Doctor Strange (November 2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 2017) – I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE GROOT AGAIN!!! <3
  • Thor: Ragnarok (July 2017) – Wow, I’m really curious because I’m guessing it’s related to the events in Age of Ultron. AND LOKIIIIIIII <3
  • Black Panther (November 2017)
  • Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 1 (May 2018)
  • Captain Marvel (July 2018)
  • Inhumans (November 2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 2 (May 2019)

So yeah, it seems like I will spend my late teenage years waiting for these movies to come out. HAHAHA. I should probably also re-watch the previous movies.

So, have you seen Age of Ultron? What do you think? If not, are you excited for it?

 

Mini Reviews: Movies I Recently Watched

Helloooo guys! In the past couple months (and during my short hiatus last time) I ended up watching quite a lot of movies and I want to discuss them with you! 😀 They are not all 2014 releases, but some made it to my list of favorites while a few were downright disappointing…

Now You See Me

Damn, this movie was GOOD. Really really good, in fact. I didn’t know that Haymitch (aka Woody Harrelson) would be in it! Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed Now You See Me, especially since I love mystery. Seeing magician tricks revealed kept me interested the whole time and despite the twists being predictable sometimes, I was just in awe when I found out my guesses were true. Sequels are usually not as good as its predecessor, but I’m holding out hope that Now You See Me Again would be as awesome!

Rating: 5 stars

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Me, the whole time

Oz the Great and Powerful

Ugh I hate this one. I was hoping for something like Alice in Wonderland (LOVED that movie, btw) but Oz was incredibly disappointing.  The story line felt cheesy most of the time and I was definitely not impressed. For the record, The Wizard of Oz is one of my childhood favorites but I don’t know — this movie was just cheesy. I thought the acting was terrible too and I couldn’t help myself but to roll my eyes :/ I know I’m repeating the same words over and over again but I can’t think of a better word to describe this movie. Cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy.

Rating: 1 star
 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

There’s no denying that the only reason I saw this movie was CHRIS PINE. I was expecting so much, especially since there’s also Keira Knightley here. It turned out to be “meh”, though. The beginning was boring but I liked all the action parts near the end. I really don’t have many things to say about this. I guess it’s good enough, but definitely not as amazing as I had thought it would be.
Rating: 3 stars

Legend of Hercules

Surely at this point most of you have already known my undying obsession with Greek mythology. But this is the type of movie that will make you go “Geez, what was I thinking?” If you’re not into flawlessly perfect character, then you should really avoid Legend of Hercules. If you’re not into easily-won and ridiculous battles, then you really have to stay away from this movie. There was a scene in which Hercules had to battle 5 or 6 best Greek fighters in an arena and he singlehandedly defeated them all without breaking a sweet. The fighters passed out (or died) with seemingly minor injuries. However, there was a scene where a girl stabbed herself near the heart in order to kill the guy behind her and the guy did die, but she survived. Heck, she was still able to talk despite that! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT???! No? I CAN’T EITHER. THE BLADE LITERALLY WENT THROUGH HER.

Rating: 1 star

I, Frankenstein

I have no idea how to review this. Some questions are still unanswered but basically it was AWESOME.

Rating: 4 stars
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Lego Movie

This was pretty good! The characters were soooo adorable and lol, there’s also Morgan Freeman. He seems to be in every movie, doesn’t he? xD Although it was enjoyable, I felt that Lego was lacking some things. Like it was great, but it didn’t stand out in any particular way. Perhaps because it was a bit boring in the middle.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Nonstop

Nonstop was the most tense movie I have ever seen. It was unpredictable, and sometimes I couldn’t help but to doubt about the main character, whether he was the good or bad guy. It was about high-jacked plane and the MC had to figure out who did it. I liked it that when they thought they were one step closer to solving the mystery, they were actually three steps behind. Nonstop kept me on the edge of my seat and my eyes glued on the screen.

Rating: 5 stars

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300: Rise of an Empire


Since my incident with Legend of Hercules, I wasn’t brave enough to expect more from this movie. But bloody hell, literally. There was a LOT of blood spurting I can’t even. Compared to Legend of Hercules, 300: Rise of an Empire was certainly leagues better. However, Greek mythology if not done right might end up being cheap and to my disappointment, some parts of this movie was terrible. Luckily, Eva Green’s battle scene near the end made up for it. I wished she had had stepped into battle more often though.

Rating: 3 stars.

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The blood spurting……………
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That’s it! So have you guys seen any of these?? ;D I want to hear your thoughts!