Friday, 25 December 2020

84th Wonderous Woman

Yeah, I seen it. That is to say, I saw it. The Embassy had a special event on Wednesday night and I decided to go along to that. Because it hasn't fully released yet, I'm gonna be more vague than usual.

It's 1984 and Wonder Woman is going about the place, doing really minor things to be honest. Then Max Lord comes in and (plot) slowly becomes a villain she has to deal with. Barbara Minerva gets to pal around with Diana but, as we know from the trailer, develops her own abilities. Oh, and Steve is back because reasons.

This movie is 150 minutes, and while it didn't feel long, it did feel like it could be tightened up in places. There were a few scenes I was wondering "what is the point of this?" Odd considering how long longer they had to bake this movie. Conversely, I was missing some plot connections, just chalked it up to "stuff happened off screen, I guess".

I am fine with Steve coming back. Explained well enough in the movie, and hey, in the comics, Steve has returned via coming from another dimension, or being a clone, so what the hey? Barbara to Cheetah was a bit of a stretch, feeling more like they wanted Cheetah in the movie more so than organically developed. And why was Max Lord in this? There is that rather (in)famous moment in the comics, but there is a much better Wonder Woman villain in the form of Dr Psycho who is just there, ready to go! (And has a better connection with Cheetah too.)

There's a lot of visual impact in this movie, and I'm glad Patty Jenkins got to do a sequel, and hopefully WB have already got a contract done for WW3, but ultimately this movie felt like it could have done with another editing pass.


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Thursday, 10 December 2020

She's an X

Hey, a documentary Maddy did about her latest album! I haven't really expressed my opinions about Madame X because... really I felt it was very over processed and not really her natural voice. And in some ways, it was 'get out of the way of the world music'. And this documentary goes into more about why she did the album that way.


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Monday, 7 December 2020

Honest Theif

It's a Liam Neeson movie where he has to bring up a special set of skills to deal with a problem after a female relation gets into trouble...

Again, if you've seen the trailer, you've basically seen the set up of the movie. Liam Neeson is a thief that tries to go legit, but immediately gets involved with the corrupt members of the FBI, and trouble ensues.

This is a pretty straightforward movie, and at 90 minutes, it just gets on with what you'd expect and does its job. Which also means there's nothing particularly impressive about it. Liam Neeson does a standard job, nothing outstanding, but decent enough. The other actors also put in workman jobs, and again are there to get the job done.

Looking for a way to pass the time? There are worse things.


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Sunday, 6 December 2020


Sure, this looks stupid and yet worth watching. Let's give it a go!

Basic premise is explained in the trailer: Swap the minds in the bodies of a high school student and serial murder, and have fun! The story doesn't deliver huge surprises after that set up... but then, it doesn't need to. It's a great story, well presented.

More or less. This is written by two men, so there are some dialogue choices for the female characters that made me go "uuhhh...". And the movie does rely on high school boys not being interested in Kathryn Newton (although some of that is to blame Hollywood for not being able to cast unattractive people).

The comedy is decent, the kills are... rather over the top, to be honest, considered the rest of the tone. No doubt we'll see this mixed in as part of the Happy Death Day universe later.


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