I only saw one film this week. A popcorn muncher for sure in Wonder Woman and then there's the other I didn't review, which is, well, I don't know what you would call BayWatch. A time muncher!
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Wonder Woman ✪✪✪½ Opened June 1
I was one of the rare reviewers who enjoyed Suicide Squad and Batman Vs Superman, so I was looking forward to this film. Unfortunately Wonder Woman was simply not wondrous for me. I found nothing new here despite it being, as far as I know, the first recent super hero film with a lead female.
However please ignore my thoughts as my teenage son and his friends enjoyed it very much, along with a couple of tweens we brought along, and my friends. So I'm the odd person out, so it really could be "It's not you, it's me," this time. Occasionally films are like books and are so subjective. Just because a reviewer doesn't love a film doesn't mean you won't. I will say that Gal Gadot as Diana/Wonder Woman is charismatic and utterly drop dead gorgeous. Chris Pine is a little tamed but still his usual lovely self. Danny Huston as Ludendorff the bad Nazi (they're all bad Nazis as enemies lately), and David Thewlis as Sir Patrick were good, except after Thewlis's turn as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter, I kept expecting him to flourish a wand. Fight scenes are quite stupendous and Wonder Woman does have a really wicked way with that whip and I like the clanging metal armbands. So much more effective than a whistle if you get into strife in a dark park. If this is your kind of thing (and it usually is mine) go enjoy Wonder Woman. You'll need a big popcorn too.
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to
be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. Starring Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis.
BayWatch (not reviewed) Opened June 1
They're resurrecting another TV show yet again from the eighties in the wake of 21 Jump Street, Dukes of Hazzard, Mod Squad and Charlies Angels. Not sure if any life guard can save this. Apparently Dwayne Johnson makes a fine attempt but it still drowns.
Critics Consensus from Rotten Tomatoes: Baywatch takes its source material's jiggle factor to R-rated levels, but lacks the original's campy charm -- and leaves its charming stars flailing in the shallows. Received 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning only 19% of critics rated it a pass.
BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Zac Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
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