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Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984

  As superhero sequels go, Wonder Woman 1984 is pretty epic, but it’s not without its flaws. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s ‑‑ an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom, and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah (Kristen Wigg), a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility. Now, I’m not the only one who has been waiting for this movie. I loved the first Wonder Woman film, not just because Gal Gadot was breathtaking in the title role but by its brilliant execution (which the DCEU was clearly lacking) and that was enough to get me excited for the sequel. And now that I’ve finally gotten to watch it, thanks to HBO Max, I’m so happy. With a runtime of

Independence Day: Resurgence Review

When you thought the war with aliens was over, you were wrong. The world had prepared for 20 years and now the wait is over with “Independence Day: Resurgence” now playing in theaters.  
Roland Emmerich returns to the helm for this long-awaited sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Fearful of another attack, the nations of Earth have teamed up against their common enemy -- the extraterrestrials who brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Using recovered alien technology to bolster their defenses, the alliance braces itself for another invasion. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman reprise their roles from the original film, while Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, and Maika Monroe are among the new additions to the cast.
Jeff Goldblum is great as he returns as David Levinson, playing him pretty much the same, but with a lot more knowledge about what is going on than the first film. Bill Pullman is also back as President Whitmore, now former President. Pullman’s character is very different from the first film, now acting like a crazy old man haunted by dreams of the aliens and is just as fantastic with his performance. The chemistry between Goldblum and Pullman is great, even though they don’t interact much and the tension that was there in the first film is not water under the bridge. The rest of the cast was excellent as well.
Liam Hemsworth joins the cast and is just fantastic as a smart ass who you just can’t help but like. Jessie Usher takes on the role of Will Smith’s son Dylan and is great, playing him with heart and emotion as he takes on alien invaders. The chemistry between Hemsworth and Usher is very intense throughout the film, but is a perfect match as they play off of each other. Maika Monroe takes on the role of Patricia Whitmore and just plays the role so beautifully and her chemistry with Bill Pullman is undeniable perfect. Other standouts are Joey King and Zeb Sanders as they play kids who get caught in the middle of this insane invasion.

Will Smith’s absence in this film is undoubtedly felt and if he had been a part of the sequel then this film would have turned out completely differently. The effects in this movie are truly spectacular as they were able to do more with them then back in 1996. Overall, this movie is full of action, adventure, witty banter, and is a great addition to the Sci-Fi genre. And let’s not forget: They messed with the wrong planet!


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