Movies & TV Shows
Wonder Woman Movie Review: The DCEU’s First Hit
*Disclaimer! No spoilers until the end. I will warn you when they come*
Wonder Woman is easily the best movie in the DCEU, but that isn’t saying much. Is it a good movie? Most certainly. Is it as good as most of the critics are raving about, with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes as of right now? Not quite.
Wonder Woman is the story of an Amazon princess named Diana who comes across an American fighter pilot named Steve Trevor and learns of a terrible war raging across Europe. She leaves her home with Steve to fight in World War I and bring peace to mankind. She makes some friends along the way all the while learning to assimilate to the strange new cultures she is exposed to.
Starting with what went well in this film, Chris Pine stole the show as Steve Trevor. In an interview, he cited Harrison Ford’s Han Solo as inspiration in the role and it shows. His charisma, wit, and chemistry with Gal Gadot made every moment with that character memorable. As for Gal Gadot herself, if you still don’t like her as Wonder Woman at this point, then I don’t know what will cause you to. Gal Gadot brought an energy, warmth, and strength to Wonder Woman that hasn’t been seen before in the character’s live action portrayals. It’s a very different interpretation of Wonder Woman, but I mean that in a much better way than I do with Superman in this film series. The banter between Diana and Steve was the highlight of the film, making the first two acts quite memorable and entertaining.
The setting was very intriguing as well. I got a bit of a Captain America: The First Avenger vibe from the World War superhero perspective, but World War I was an entirely different animal than World War II. History buffs will love the artistic, spoken, and visual interpretation of the era as well as the many references to the specific time during the war the film takes place in without outright saying it. The blending of CGI with actual physical structures was seamless and it was almost impossible to tell that the infrastructure was all fake besides just using common sense. The outstanding costume design also helped with this feeling.
Wonder Woman is not perfect, however. While I appreciate the attempt to make all of the Amazons have the same accent as Gal Gadot for continuity purposes, many of them were pretty awful at it and distracting at times. Especially considering the first 15 minutes or so are entirely focused on the Amazons, Chris Pine showing up and talking comfortably like he normally does was a breath of fresh air. I also feel like most of the budget went towards making Themyscira and 1910s London look as beautiful/realistic as possible and caused some of the later CGI to not look that great. There are some fight scenes with Wonder Woman sliding around that look really fake and took me out of the movie to an extent, especially in the third act.
**Spoilers ahead! Read at your discretion**
The plot was also very predictable. I saw from a mile away that the German officer Ludendorff wasn’t actually Ares. The fact that he needed man-made medication to use his “powers” showed he couldn’t be a god. He was also defeated way too easily to be Ares. When Ares did show up, I was expecting actor David Thewlis to come round the corner any second and when he did, I was just glad we got the reveal out of the way. Even despite how awesome they made his armor look, all I could see under that mask was a more-heavily mustachioed Professor Lupin from Harry Potter. I was pulled out of the movie the entire third act for these two reasons especially and just when I thought I would get back in, Wonder Woman has an insanely cheesy speech about love and an easy victory that killed it for me.
Despite its flaws, Wonder Woman is a great film and I highly encourage everyone to go see it and support it. DC finally stepped up their game with non-Batman films.
Netflix cracks down on password sharing worldwide
After a delay, Netflix’s password sharing crackdown is reaching U.S. and international subscribers. After experiencing cancellations in regions where it had already implemented “paid sharing,” the streamer delayed the debut till the summer. U.S. Netflix consumers must either remove people from their account or pay $7.99/month for an additional membership for non-household members.
In weeks and months, many of worldwide markets will undergo similar transformations.
Current members can examine which devices are signed into their account and remove unwanted ones, as well as reset their password, to make this transfer smoother.
A “Transfer Profile” feature lets Netflix account sharers move their viewing history and watchlist to their own account.
Netflix informed investors that despite early cancellations, the password enforcement will benefit its long-term development and financial health.
Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters said the password enforcement in its first supported markets was similar to how subscribers reacted to pricing increases during its first-quarter earnings.
“We see an initial cancel reaction and then we build out of that, both in terms of membership and revenue as borrowers sign up for their own Netflix accounts and existing members purchase that extra member facility for folks that they want to share with,” Peters told investors on the April earnings call. “First of all, it was a strong validation to see consistent results in these new countries, because there are different market characteristics different from each other and also from the original Latin American rollout countries,” he said.
Netflix tested the feature in Latin America before adding Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain this year. It will reach more global markets today, including Brazil, Bolivia, Belize, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Philippines, Malaysia, Israel, Thailand, Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden, and others.
The corporation may have postponed the crackdown in Q1 to avoid hurting net additions. Last quarter, the corporation added 1.75 million global customers, below Wall Street’s 3 million projection, to 232.5 million accounts.
It announced at results that U.S. members would receive the password-sharing adjustments “on or before” June 30. Netflix may have accelerated the timing.
Netflix revealed on its blog today that it will email U.S. account sharers.
“One household per Netflix account,” the firm advises. “Everyone living in that household can use Netflix wherever they are—at home, on the go, on holiday—and take advantage of new features like Transfer Profile and Manage Access and Devices,” the post adds.
The email, labeled “An update on sharing,” lists options and links to support documentation.
Netflix explains in a press email that it is “now starting to roll out updates to sharing to countries around the world, including the U.S.”
Netflix has yet to see the effects of a password crackdown in the U.S., where it faces increased competition for users’ time and money.
Today, HBO Max becomes Max, a new service that combines HBO and Discovery+ content, doubling the amount of programming. Paramount+ will add Showtime next month on June 27. Disney plans to merge Disney+ and Hulu into one app. Subscribers get more content with some price increases. Netflix is charging more for the same.
WGA Strike Halts HBO’s The Last of Us Season 2 Casting
The insanely successful Last of Us adaptation is caught in the crossfire of the Writers Guild of America strike. The hit show’s co-creator and showrunner, Craig Mazin, was seen on the picket line supporting the strike, halting season two casting (GQ has a great primer).
Variety reports that casting preparations will be halted until the strike ends. Due to a lack of scriptwriters, the casting team has reportedly asked actors to read lines from The Last of Us: Part II, the game that will inspire the upcoming season.
Craig Mazin had recently been seen supporting the WGA! He is not currently doing any writing or producing work including being involved in casting on Season 2 of The Last of Us HBO! pic.twitter.com/ZQEc6eqQ7H
— DomTheBomb (@DomTheBombYT) May 12, 2023
It’s too early to tell, but Vancouver shooting is expected to resume in early 2024. The first season’s seventh episode, “Left Behind,” was written by Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann, who also created the IP. Mazin wrote the rest. They co-wrote the series premiere and finale.
HBO’s The Last of Us: Will the writer’s strike last? Take care of your writers—Lost and Heroes never recovered from the last WGA strike.
Orlando Bloom and David Harbour Share the Gran Turismo movie’s first trailer
Well, this movie has certainly come together quickly, just like the automobiles the franchise is centered around. In truth, Gran Turismo adaptation directed by Neil Blomkamp has already wrapped up filming and is in post-production ahead of its global theatrical release on August 11, 2023. Do you want to see a brief teaser? To view the trailer, click above.
Orlando Bloom and David Harbour provide some comments in this 60-second clip, which also includes a few brief film snippets. In essence, this is based on the real-life experiences of Jann Mardenborough, who won the 2011 GT Academy competition and later found success as a racing car driver.
In the few photos that were displayed, the cinematography seemed amazing, therefore it is obvious that this would look stunning on a large screen. During Sony’s CES press conference, Blomkamp briefly discussed how he is employing the company’s cutting-edge cameras to not only get stunning close-ups from within the car’s cockpit but also to imitate some of the game’s angles, as shown in the trailer.
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