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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

Atomic Blonde Review

Charlize Theron fights and shoots her way through a well-choreographed, yet slow-paced, action movie Atomic Blonde, now playing in theaters.

The story goes like this: MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin on the eve that Communism ends, going back and forth from West and East Germany, to recover an important asset and find a deadly double agent.

Atomic Blonde wonderfully showcases Theron’s talents, making her the center of epic throwdowns with various KGB goons. The action in Atomic Blonde, however, is pretty much the only exciting part of the film. The incredible stunts speak for themselves as the camera beautifully goes under and over and around the hand-to-hand combat.

The pacing and the plot are the two biggest concerns for me. For most of the film, I couldn’t tell what was going on. Atomic Blonde mostly deals with the toll espionage can have on identity which is reflected in the chaos that is Berlin. The film has so many characters––even though that’s supposed to help, it just makes things more confusing. Plus, the film goes back and forth with Charlize Theron's character being interrogated by John Goodman and Toby Jones, which didn’t help move the film along.

Though Sofia Boutella’s character, Delphine, does help to make a really steamy scene in the film, and the chemistry between Theron and James McAvoy worked well.

However, the slow-paced plot is forgiven with the exciting action and excellent performances by the cast. McAvoy’s work in Split seemed to help him in this movie, making his character a delightful maniac. And by the time Atomic Blonde is over with an epic showdown in a hotel, it’s easy to overlook its brutal charms.

Published at FINE Magazine


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