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Wonder Woman Movie Review: The DCEU’s First Hit

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*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.

 

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‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director

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Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.

The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.

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In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.

Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.

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Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth

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Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.

Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.

Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.

The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.

Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.

The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.

Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.

Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.

In the U.S.:

  • Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
  • Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)

In the U.K.:

  • Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
  • Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)

In France:

  • Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
  • Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)

New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.

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Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick

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When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.

We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.

The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.

To clarify, the Borderlands film finished filming in 2021, but Roth was replaced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) in January.

When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.

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