Review: Wonder Woman (2017) (The Best Comic Book Film since The Dark Knight?)

“I used to want to save the world…”

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m always weary when a film is either critically acclaimed or critically mauled. I do try to avoid reviews where possible. But in this day and age, it’s almost impossible. The word on the street was that ‘Wonder Woman’ was a great film. One review even called it the best comic book film since ‘The Dark Knight.’ High acclaim indeed. Fortunately, I had no expectations for ‘Wonder Woman’ whatsoever. Of course, I was piqued a little by the almost universal critical acclaim. What I saw was a good film, but certainly not a great one.

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HAMMY’S TOP 10…FEMALE-LED FILMS

‘Wonder Woman’ hit the cinemas this past weekend. Most people seem to love it (I have yet to see it…). ‘Wonder Woman’ may be the first female-led superhero film for some time (can we even count ‘Electra’ or ‘Catwoman’?). And it got me to thinking about women in film. More specifically, female led films. What are my favourite female led films? We deserve more female led films, of course. The gender bias is still clear and present in Hollywood (especially in the area of directors). But, more often than not, when females lead the way, there are some great films to behold. And here are my Top 10 Female Led Films…

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Review: ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016) (The Worst of the Worst?)

 

 

 

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“Let’s have some fun”

I’m always suspicious if a film receives exaggerated critical acclaim or an exaggerated critical mauling. In either case, it seems to be a case of critics jumping on the bandwagon in a hurry to praise or bury a film. Of course, the only way to be sure of anything is to see it for yourself. ‘Batman v Superman,’ for example, was not the car crash of a film that it was made out to be. Maybe Rotten Tomatoes is broken and in need of fixing. When the negative reviews of ‘Suicide Squad’ were released, I hoped that Rotten Tomatoes would be wrong. Unfortunately, a broken clock is right twice a day. And ‘Suicide Squad’ was a poor film with very few redeeming features. Continue reading

Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (Are Haters Gonna Hate?)

bvs“Everything’s changed”

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is a mess, let’s get that out of the way with first. It’s three or four films merged into one. Even with its lengthy running time, it feels rushed in many places. It darts from plot to plot and character to character that there’s barely enough time to take in what’s happening. However, in spite of all its flaws (and the mostly negative critical reaction), there is a fairly enjoyable film hidden in among all the clutter. Yes, I am a Batman v Superman defender! It’s not the best comic book ever made, but it isn’t the worst one, either. I’d say I enjoyed it more than ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (as a comparable film). Continue reading

Review: Man Of Steel (2013) (Super Explosions and Destruction, Man!)

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“Goodbye my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you”

There’s one plus point when it comes to preparing for ‘Batman v Superman’: there’s only one film to watch: ‘Man of Steel.’ It was a film I disliked a lot when I saw it at the cinema. I found it dull and repetitive. The last hour was an endurance test, of both my ears (the cinema sound level was eardrum bursting! My fiancée had to cover her ears!) and my patience. It was climactic fight after climatic fight, building after building falling in tiresome order. My second viewing found me disliking it a little bit less…but not much so! Continue reading