WONDER WOMAN 1984

Directed by Patty Jenkins

Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, and Kristen Wiig

Wonder Woman 1984…how can I describe this film without giving away any spoilers?   Well, I will have to say that this is an ambitious, very superhero-laced movie that provides the emotional depth which will make you curious about Wonder Woman’s future adventures. Even though there were some elements that needed some strengthening, this movie kept me engaged from beginning to end.

This sequel is ambitious in the sense of the message it was trying to convey: the theme of being careful of what you wish for, because it will come at the expense of losing something more valuable.

Wonder Woman 1984’s beginning sequence is very strong, which was a great start for the movie. Gal Godot’s performance is a little stronger in this one..her performance with Chris Pine is a good showcase of their chemistry, as always.

We also received more of the “superhero” vibe, meaning the character showcased more of what she can do such as the lasso tricks in dealing with her enemies, her power of making things invisible, and her flying through the sky.

Now I will be honest and say that there were some elements that needed polishing. The way Steve Trevor returned is an example. Again, I will not give anything away, but it brought more questions that were unnecessary. Kristen Wiig gave a decent performance as Cheetara, but I felt that her transformation from “needy” to having similar powers to Diana needed strengthening. Pedro Pascal also gave a solid performance as Maxwell Lord, but it was not memorable in my opinion.

Overall, despite some questionable plots and scenes, Wonder Woman 1984 is an enjoyable film. This movie may not work for everyone, but if you’re a fan of the character, and you like superhero movies with an intriguing premise, this comes highly recommended. My score: 8.5/10(Watch in the theater if you can)

Looking Back: The Fly(1986)

WARNING!! (For those who have not seen this film) This review may contain some spoilers!

The Fly(1986)      Directed by David Cronenberg

Starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, and John Getz

I’m working on something that will change the world as we know it,” announces Seth to Veronica, the journalist who is looking for a good story. This sentence, in my opinion,  provides the set-up to this movie’s basic premise: A scientist who develops a major breakthrough with the idea to change the world, but a mistake creates some unfortunate results.

The Fly centers on Seth, a scientist who creates a device that teleports objects from one pod to another. Soon after he succeeds with a living organism, he decides to perform the act on himself. However, a fly goes into the pod without his knowledge, resulting in a genetic fusion of man and insect.

This film is a very engaging hybrid of horror, sci-fi, and romance. Jeff Goldblum’s(Seth) and Geena Davis’s(Veronica) romantic chemistry was impressive. I felt that their attraction developed a little quickly, but overall their relationship was organic and believable. The story kept me engaged, and the practical effects still holds up to this day. Those effects definitely made you believe that Seth was plausibly turning into a fly.

If you’re looking for a great Body-Horror movie that blends sci-fi and romance quite effectively, The Fly comes highly recommended. My score: 8.5/10(Add to your horror collection).