Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul’s Trip to the Movies stops by with a review of “Wonder Woman” and a home release pick, “Get Out”.
Paul’s thoughts are below!
WONDER WOMAN (theatrical release) Wonder Woman is the latest in the DC Extended Universe. There’s a lot riding on its success to keep this universe afloat after their previous movies have yielded mediocre reviews from audiences and critics. This version of Wonder Woman traces the character back to her early days as a young Amazonian girl living off a private island shielded from Ares, the Greek god of war. She is surrounded by fierce women who spend their days training as warriors for his evitable return. Diana’s mother, Hippolyta, is aware of her special powers and wants Diana to go through the most grueling training knowing she will be the one to save them. Their lives are disrupted one day when World War I pilot and spy Captain Steve Trevor crashes in the water off the shore. German soldiers are hot on his tail, as he has stolen a secret notebook from Dr. Poison containing plans for the German army. Diana fully believes that Dr. Poison is the return of Ares and is destined to go with Trevor to take him down. They leave the island against Hippolyta’s wishes and sail back to London in hopes of stopping the war. -Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Connie Nielsen -Next film in the DC Expanded Cinematic Universe as it expands the Wonder Woman storyline introduced in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. By far the best DC film in years. -This Wonder Woman is portrayed more as a war hero than the lighter crime fighter we saw from Lynda Carter in the ’70s TV series. Feels more in touch with Marvel’s Captain America than the loud, non-stop, high action movies so far from DC. -First superhero movie with a female director, Patty Jenkins (Monster) -Unlike other origin stories, Diana Prince’s background and introduction doesn’t take up too much of the film’s running time. It doesn’t get bogged down in exposition and gets to the heart of the story within the first thirty minutes. -Gal Gadot and Chris Pine have great chemistry together especially in their introductory scenes together. There’s funny banter with Diana having never seen the male species or the “fish out of water” aspects when she’s in London. -Diana’s a strong role model for young girls as she’s a fighter and has no time for the typical gender roles placed in society. On top of this, she’s always someone that leads with her heart fighting for the ones she loves. Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Flock to Wonder Woman and make it the movie of the summer. RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS GET OUT (home release) Rose Armitage is excited to take her boyfriend, Chris, home to meet her parents and brother. He feels a bit worried, as she hasn’t broken the news to them that she’s dating a black man. Rose doesn’t feel a concern in the world as she states they are extremely welcoming and that her dad would have voted for Obama a third time. Rose’s parents have a picture perfect estate nestled in the woods. Her dad, Dean, is a bit abrasive to Chris at first, while her mom, Missy, is quieter. Chris also happens to notice that they have a maid and a groundskeeper who both happen to be black. Rose tries to remind him that it will be a lovely weekend, but he has his guard up. There’s something off about the maid and groundskeeper. They appear to be doing their jobs, but they have a wide-eyed somewhat zombie like disposition where they’re not all together with it. The weekend carries on with the Armitage family hosting a lavish party. All of the guests are white, rich, and lavish. The sole black partygoer is around Chris’s age and also appears to be in this alternative state of mind. Chris can’t help shake that there is something deeply wrong with this family and their friends. His best friend, Rod, works the TSA and starts to dig deeper into this mystery when Chris finds himself trapped in the Armitage’s house. -Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, and Stephen Root -HUGE surprise indie hit of 2017 that was made on a small budget and became one of the highest grossing films of the year. -It became that word of mouth type of movie where everyone was talking about it due to it’s added level of racial commentary and satire. It directly deals with this idea of an extremely privileged white community and the “reaffirming” way everyone speaks to Chris. They think they’re being polite, but it’s all comes out incorrectly. -Written and directed by Jordan Peele who is best known as a sketch comedian and creator of Comedy Central’s Key and Peele. Completely switches genres for his directorial debut -Within the opening sequence, you can easily tell that Jordan Peele has a knack for directing horror. It’s very suspenseful and eerie without relying on cheap tricks. -Nice build up with the characters and the relationship within the family. Slow burn effect as the suspenseful moments build up to a grand finale. -Contains that third act twist that comes with smart horror movies. By the end, the audience was cheering and applauding