Genres: War

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Wonder Woman

I enjoyed the movie but thought it could have been better. My main gripe was when Aries spontaneously appeared for the final smack-down with Wonder Woman towards the end of the movie.

There were so many opportunities for the film to hint at his hand throughout (rather than just hearing Diana tell us that Aries was behind the war), and so many squandered opportunities for both of them to posture throughout the script, that it felt quite odd for him to suddenly appear in the watchtower and then escalate into the atypical DCEU smackdown-of-the-gods as we have seen before. We also saw some of the standard tropes during the movie in the exposition dialogue (“is that all you’ve got” et al) which felt like more work could have been done, even though it still stands above the Justice League work by far.

Gal Gadot’s performance was excellent and the script was well grounded throughout the rest of the film which gave it a more human element than other DCEU scripts have had. It was more relatable and her “fish out of water” performance was funny. Themyscira (her island home) was also beautifully rendered.

Superhero movies are everywhere these days, but I find ones that deal with god-like beings more challenging because they are an ‘outside context problem’ for mere mortals. Marvel has taken much of the god-like stuff off-world, isolating it in context from humanity, which makes it more engaging. Marvel also has a cast of superheroes who aren’t all god-like beings but are instead humans with augmented abilities which can make it easier to write relatable stories, and also more vulnerable as characters.

I don’t find it surprising that Warner Brothers has chosen now to focus more on individual films (the DCU) rather than trying to run with an integrated universe from the get-go (the DCEU) and I think the slow and steady approach that worked with Marvel will benefit them. Assuming the superhero genre remains popular in the long term!

Wonder Woman

Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.

20172 h 21 min
Overview

An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.

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Director Patty Jenkins
Runtime 2 h 21 min
Release Date 30 May 2017
Budget $149,000,000
Revenue $821,847,012
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann Wolfe, Ann Ogbomo, Emily Carey, James Cosmo, Wolf Kahler, Alexander Mercury, Martin Bishop, Flora Nicholson, Pat Abernethy, Freddy Elletson, Sammy Hayman, Michael Tantrum, Philippe Spall, Edward Wolstenholme, Ian Hughes, Marko Leht, Steffan Rhodri, Andrew Byron, Dominic Kinnaird, Rachel Pickup, Ulli Ackermann, Frank Allen Forbes, Peter Stark, Rainer Bock, Josh Bromley, Jennie Eggleton, Eva Dabrowski, Harvey James, George Johnston, Danielle Lewis, Florence Kasumba, Eleanor Matsuura, Josette Simon, Doutzen Kroes, Hayley Warnes, Caitlin Burles, Jemma Moore, Samantha Jo, Brooke Ence, Madeleine Vall, Hari James, Jacqui-Lee Pryce, Betty Adewole, Caroline Maria Winberg, Lizzie Bowden, Kattreya Scheurer-Smith, Rekha Luther, Thaina Oliveira, Ooooota Adepo, Zinnia Kumar, Toma McDonagh, Amber Doyle, Freddy Carter, Fred Fergus, Tim Pritchett, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Camilla Roholm, Stephanie Haymes-Roven, Nia Burke, Dee Lewis Clay, Tori Letzler
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Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold

20141 h 32 min
Overview

Vlad Tepes is a great hero, but when he learns the Sultan is preparing for battle and needs to form an army of 1,000 boys, including Vlad's son, he vows to find a way to protect his family. Vlad turns to dark forces in order to get the power to destroy his enemies and agrees to go from hero to monster as he's turned into the mythological vampire Dracula.

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Director Gary Shore
Runtime 1 h 32 min
Release Date 1 October 2014
Budget
Revenue
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance, Diarmaid Murtagh, William Houston, Noah Huntley, Ronan Vibert, Zach McGowan, Ferdinand Kingsley, Joseph Long, Thor Kristjansson, Jakub Gierszał, Dilan Gwyn, J.J. Murphy, Paul Kaye, Louise Parker, Joana Metrass, Paul Bullion, Mish Boyko, Arkie Reece, Tom Benedict Knight
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Braveheart

Braveheart

19952 h 57 min
Overview

Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.

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Director Mel Gibson
Runtime 2 h 57 min
Release Date 24 May 1995
Budget
Revenue
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Mel Gibson, Catherine McCormack, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen, Brendan Gleeson, James Robinson, James Cosmo, Sean McGinley, Gerda Stevenson, Mhairi Calvey, Jeanne Marine, Sean Lawlor, Sandy Nelson, Alan Tall, Andrew Weir, Brian Cox, Peter Hanly, Stephen Billington, Tommy Flanagan, Rupert Vansittart, Tam White, Ian Bannen, David O'Hara, Peter Mullan, David Gant, Malcolm Tierney, Martin Murphy, Gerard McSorley, Bernard Horsfall, Richard Leaf, Liam Carney, Ralph Riach, Barry McGovern, John Kavanagh, Alun Armstrong, Julie Austin, Alex Norton, Michael Byrne, William Scott-Masson, Dean Lopata, Donal Gibson, Jimmy Chisholm, John Murtagh, David McKay, Niall O'Brien, Martin Dempsey, Jimmy Keogh, Joe Savino, Mal Whyte, Paul Tucker, Graeme Ford, Greg Jeloudov, Rana Morrison, Jer O'Leary
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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

19992 h 28 min
Overview

In 1429 a teenage girl from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil. Following her mission to reclaim god's dimished kingdom - through her amazing victories until her violent and untimely death.

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Director Luc Besson
Runtime 2 h 28 min
Release Date 18 October 1999
Budget
Revenue
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, John Malkovich, Vincent Cassel, Tchéky Karyo, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud, Edwin Apps, David Bailie, Christian Barbier, Timothy Bateson, David Begg, Christian Bergner, Andrew Birkin, Dominic Borrelli, John Boswall, Matthew Bowyer, Paul Brooke, Bruce Byron, Charles Cork, Patrice Cossoneau, Tony D'Amario, Daniel Daujon, Tonio Descanvelle, Philippe du Janerand, Sissi Duparc, Barbara Elbourn, Christian Erickson, David Barber, Joseph Rezwin, Jemima West