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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

Girls Trip

Following in the footsteps of films like Bridesmaids and Rough Night comes another raunchy comedy featuring a stellar cast of girls gone wild. Girls Trip is about four girls who reunite for a trip to New Orleans, where the party never stop and the laughs keep coming.

This is a good, entertaining addition to the girls-gone-wild genre, but the film has a slow start. Regina Hall’s character Ryan, a self-help author and Oprah-type, narrates the film and introduces the main characters. Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage) plays Ryan’s husband, a retired baseball player. The rest of the foursome is made up of Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish.

Though the movie is fresh and realistic, it's also predictable. Girls Trip shows how friends who seem inseparable can grow apart over the years, leaving tension in the place of love. The main reason these girls reunite after all these years is that Ryan orchestrates a reunion with an all-expense-paid trip to New Orleans because she's giving a speech at the Essence Festival.
The movie earns its R rating, especially when Tiffany Haddish’s character Dina graphically demonstrates a sexual move known as “the grapefruit technique.” Each character has their own set of problems: Sasha (Queen Latifah) is basically broke, Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) is a frumpy divorcee who gives everything to her kids and does nothing for her own happiness. Dina is just a wild child, and Ryan’s relationship with her husband is a sham––ironically, her relationship is the message of her book is You Can Have It All.

Haddish steals nearly every scene, but there is enough comedy to go around, and every single one of these incredible women make an impression. All of the comedy aside, it's well-balanced with some serious moments and delivers a meaningful message of sisterhood. Girls Trip does a great job at shocking and amusing the audience, as well as reminding us how important old friends can be.

Published at Fine Magazine


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