Remember when I said Wonder Womanwas avoiding the massive day to day drops of the other DC Extended Universe films? Well it turns out that she is avoiding the massive weekend to weekend drops as well. In the blockbuster era any weekend to weekend drop of less than 55% is good. Wonder Woman only dropped 43% for an impressive haul of $58.5 Million in its second weekend. Marvel is probably kicking itself for not making that Black Widow movie.
There has been so much pent up demand for a good female superhero movie that Wonder Woman’s run is making film executives look like idiots. Luckily for DC they already have Batgirl and Gotham City Sirens in pre-production. Not to mention Wonder Woman 2 has no doubt been fast tracked. Marvel still only has Captain Marvel on the schedule, but it hasn’t even finished its script. Though I am guessing Wonder Woman’s success will set off a female superhero arms race. Marvel has a lot of them, so it is time for them to come out shine with the ladies from DC.
Feeling bad you can’t get your day going without a cup of joe? Well it looks like you are in the same boat as Supes. It looks like Joss Whedon’s reshoots are well underway. Of course we all know that Wonder Woman is now the star of the JLA, and Superman? He can just continue just drink his coffee. Diana has it covered.
I left the theater last night relieved. Ever since Suicide Squad I had been worried that DC was going to screw up Wonder Woman’s first solo film in her 75 year existence, but Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins and crew pulled it off, and more than that, they gave the DC Movie Universe the hope and charisma it so desperately needed.
Wonder Woman follows Diana (Gal Gadot) from childhood on the island of Themyscira to her first outing as a hero in World War I. This of course is a change from her comic book origins where she fought in World War II, but the time swap works well for this movie. Seeing the horrors of The Great War really drive home her belief that she needs to stop this before more people get hurt or killed, and the world has not advanced so much that a sword wielding warrior on horseback would seem that out of place, but it still has advanced enough to provide plenty of opportunity for a little fish out of water humor.
The cast of this film is fantastic. Chris Pine (the best Chris) as Steve Trevor is funny and brave, and a great guide to the “man’s world” for the Amazonian Princess. His rag tag crew is a delight, but without Gal Gadot’s charm and strength this movie wouldn’t have worked. She embodies Wonder Woman perfectly. Angry at the injustices that are all around her, but still hopeful things can be changed for the better. I also love Elena Anaya and Danny Huston as the main villains, they are wonderfully comic-book-y, but not in an over the top way. They strike a good balance between maniacal sneer and believability.
That is not to say Wonder Woman is perfect however. The final fight is a little forced and long and has too much dodgy CG. The film at two hours and twenty-one minutes could have been tightened up a bit, but man, the second act of this movie is pretty much perfect, so I will take the slow start and generic end for those moments of perfection. Watching Diana become the hero the world needed and enjoying doing it was rousing, and I am not exaggerating when I say, it made me cry a little.
We have been waiting forever for Wonder Woman to get her chance to shine on the big screen and Patty Jenkins delivered. There have only been a handful of female led superhero films, and they have all been trash, so leave it to most iconic female comic book hero of all time to finally get it right. Make sure that we don’t have to wait another 75 years for another Wonder Woman and go see this movie. When Justice League comes out this November, Wonder Woman is going to be the draw.
If you are wondering if you will like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 or not, just ask yourself whether you liked the first one or not. They didn’t change the formula very much. It is still a rag-tag group of rouges cracking wise and saving the galaxy. This time with more daddy issues. That really is pretty much the whole review, but you came for more, so here we go.
“Daddy issues” should be the be the subtitle to the film. It turns out the whole crew, except Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista), have them, and this film explores them. Especially Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) because his long lost his birth dad shows up. Drax, to be fair, has other family issues because he ‘was’ a Dad.
The concept of family is a common theme with group based action films (e.g. all of the Fast and Furious films), and it is easy to see why. You get the built in drama of learning to love and live with the “new” family juxtaposed against all of the baggage from their old “real” family, and we get to see what happens when those “families” collide. I am guessing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will not be the last film to use this setup. I mean Vol. 3 comes out two years from now, and those “daddy issues” will not just go away.
If you are looking for a funny film filled with a lot of action and a great group of character’s, and you are not looking for something more from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 versus what we got in Vol. 1, you will be very happy. If you did want something more, and you were hoping this film would push the massive and now lumbering MCU forward in any real way, you may feel a little disappointed. Thankfully this crew is too fun to let that disappointment sink in too deep.
This trailer makes the third Thor movie look a little like Guardians of the Galaxy: Thor Edition, but I am okay with that. It is a Thor movie that looks as crazy as it should, and it has Jeff Goldblum in all his Goldblum-iness, so that is pretty sweet. Plus I am always up for a good reason to listen to some Led Zeppelin! It is a long time until November, but I am sure we will see plenty more from this movie leading up to its launch.