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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

Cars 3 Review

The third installment in the Cars franchise, now playing in theaters, takes the series back to its sports/racing roots after taking on the spy movie genre in the second film.
The Cars films never disappoint when it comes to the quality of animation, and Cars 3 is no exception. The designs of the various vehicles reflective surfaces and expressive mobility have never been more convincing. The racing sequences in this film are even more visually stunning thanks to the amazing team at Pixar Animation Studios.
The story of Cars 3 takes audiences back to that mentor/mentee sports story that started in the first Cars film. Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is now the more experienced racer. Cars 3 honors the late Paul Newman in such a remarkable way. They explore Doc’s impact on Lightning and their experiences start to parallel each other, which are truly the most memorable and heartfelt moments in the film.
Cars 3 still manages to blend that kid-friendly humor and sports lingo of the previous Cars movies and achieves a film that is perfect for all ages. The introduction of Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) as a spastic go-getter and Lightning’s new mentee throughout the film is great, as she could carry on the franchise if Disney/Pixar decide to move forward with future films. The emotional arcs between Lightning and Cruz are compelling, and they are shared equally.

The familiar inhabitants of Radiator Springs like Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and Sally (Bonnie Hunt) make a playful return. Nathan Fillion (Sterling, McQueen’s new charismatic sponsor) and Kerry Washington (Natalie Certain, the film’s race statistical analysis) don’t get a lot of screen time, but that doesn’t affect the way their performances give their characters more personality. And Armie Hammer’s Jackson Storm develops as both a two-dimensional jerk as well as an obstacle to foil Cruz and Lightning throughout the film.

All in all, Cars 3 is a family-friendly movie that doesn’t disappoint. Fans who loved the original Cars, will appreciate the mix of heart, humor, and amazing animation. Cars 3 offers more of the heartfelt storytelling from the original and raises the bar for the Cars franchise.

Published at FINE Magazine


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