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Wonder Woman is the latest film to debut in cinemas from Warner Brothers which takes place in the DC cinematic universe. This is the first major motion picture for a Wonder Woman superhero film, with many in the past from DC being based around Batman or Superman and once with both at the same time. This is also one of the few superhero films to be released which has a female superhero instead of a male one as the main character and that’s not just a DC thing either.

Wonder Woman is a film which comes directed by Patty Jenkins who some may know for her work on Monster (2003), although this is the first major blockbuster film for the director. Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Chris Pine,  Elena Anaya and Danny Huston. As the first film in what I believe will be a series of Wonder Woman films in the future, this one is an origin story for the character where we follow Diana from a time when she’s only a child to the time she is grown up and undertakes her first quest as Wonder Woman.

Going in to see this film I had some excitement about what it could be, while I didn’t really enjoy Batman V Superman all that much, I was impressed with the appearance of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in that film and was interested to see how a standalone film for the character would be. Of course I was also cautiously excited because knowing how the DC cinematic universe is and how dark it is, I was unsure how they would handle the Wonder Woman character, it could either be a mess or it might not be, I had no idea. Thankfully the film was actually pretty great!

Diana and Hippolyta at Themyscira - Wonder Woman Review

Diana and Hippolyta at Themyscira – Wonder Woman Review

The handling of a new character is always a little difficult, particularly a superhero character. The recent Man Of Steel film is an example of a film which maybe didn’t represent the Superman I had known in the comics and from elsewhere in the way I believed it should have. While Superman has always been about doing the right thing and is really a bright character, the film’s tone was so dark that this was a little lost. In this Wonder Woman film we see this almost happen, but it doesn’t, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman enters into a world that is quite dark, but her character isn’t affected by this and remains this bright, justice driven hopeful character which is filled with love and hope for the world. She does what is right, not what others say is right, she’s her own person. It’s this one thing that I think embodies what the Wonder Woman character is supposed to be, she’s meant to be this strong character, which is filled with compassion and a lot of heart. Wonder Woman isn’t isn’t really corrupted by the world and can bring some hope and I think in the film that’s exactly what she stands for without a doubt and that’s what I loved about it so much.

As a film in the new DC cinematic universe, I think this stands out as the best of the bunch and I doubt that the upcoming Justice League will be better or any others in the future for some time. My main reason for this is that most of the future ones we will get are all going to be action based films with a couple jokes for dialogue. This is one while it does have some really impressive action moments, it is dialogue and story heavy, which works in its favour because the story of Wonder Woman is a long story to tell and understand, particularly for those who know nothing about the origins of the character. I do appreciate that Patty Jenkins and the rest of the people involved did take the time to pay attention to the character and properly develop it for this film.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman - Wonder Woman Review

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman Review

Wonder Woman has quite a strong mix of themes and symbolic moments thrown in there for the audience as well. The film addresses topics such as feminism, equality, sex, war, hatred and love all throughout it and the horrible or not so horrible sides of some of, or all of those things. But it does have a big theme of love and compassion in the world and much of it translates through the Wonder Woman character, but also interestingly through the film’s second hero, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), who as a character does represent some type of hope for humanity in amongst all of the darkness which Diana witnesses after she leaves her island home.

The actors all do fairly well with their characters. The big standout in the film is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman who does great with the role and at the moment I think she was perfectly cast for it and I can’t see anyone else as Wonder Woman at the moment. There was also some really great stuff from Chris Pine who was an excellent Steve Trevor and had a character that actually some depth and some great moments. Both Gadot and Pine were excellent on screen together and were a good duo. Other actors such as Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya and Danny Huston are all convincing enough in their supporting roles.

Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman - Wonder Woman review

Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman review

For those going in to see this film for the action scenes, these are plentiful. From the arrows of the ancient Greeks to the machine guns of the Germans in World War 1 there’s a lot there for a viewer to enjoy. Wonder Woman is this super powerful God like being who can pretty much do anything and uses her shield, sword and rope to perform a variety of combat manoeuvres throughout the film.

The soundtrack is also excellent and the main theme for Wonder Woman stands out as the best of the bunch. The pacing of the film, while a little slow in the beginning as the story gets started is well maintained throughout the storytelling. More difficult I think for the director would have been the shift in scenery. We go from a very ancient setting which is mostly Greek based and then are transported to England during WW1 which is very industrial and then to the war zone front against the Germans which is a massive mess. There’s a good handling here of the change in film colouring and tone which most filmmakers struggle with. As a film with a mixture of action, fantasy and real world aspects, it can easily be a mess but somehow wasn’t.

Overall I found myself really enjoying the Wonder Woman film experience and consider it to be one of the best superhero films in recent years and I have no problem in saying that this is the best of the lot when it comes to the DC cinematic universe by far. Gal Gadot is an excellent Wonder Woman and Chris Pine was a great Steve Trevor. Wonder Woman’s origin story journey is a well told one with good character development. But most importantly, I felt that the Wonder Woman character was a great representation of what the character is meant to stand for as a hero and the film captured the heart of what Wonder Woman is meant to be and represent. It’s a film with a nice message and some strong themes of love, compassion and hope for the world. I highly recommend seeing it if you enjoy anything from the superhero genre.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Need For Speed Heat Australian release date Is November 8

The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed  fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”

What is Need For Speed Heat about?

Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.

Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Crawl Review

Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?

Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.

The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.

The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.

The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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