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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

Pacific Rim Uprising Review

Sci-fi movies can at times lose their footing with a second film but Pacific Rim Uprising, now playing in theaters, is an enjoyable ride with giant robots and monsters.

Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) is a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous Kaiju. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), to live up to his father's legacy.

Star Wars star John Boyega stars as Jake Pentecost and uses his charm to great effect at creating a very real and believable character. Scott Eastwood joins the cast and and uses his uncanny resemblance to to his father Clint to pleasing effect. The chemistry between Boyega and Eastwood is gold and probably one of the best things about this movie. Pacific Rim Uprising features the return of Charlie Day and Burn Gorman as eccentric scientist- one of whose eccentricity have grown quite more extreme and downright scary.

The first hour of the film deals with the Top Gun-style cadet rivalries and a corporate espionage plot that is done why to often, but this film keeps it pretty interesting. And of course you know that the scaly, slimy creatures are going to turn up at some point, and when they do, they spend a good chunk of time in Tokyo. The special effects of this film is mindblowing and especially when used in the action sequences between the robots and monsters.

Director Steven S. DeKnight does a great job at balancing the movie’s friendly humor and standard believe-in-yourself bromides with awesome action sequences. Pacific Rim Uprising is a mix between Transformers and Godzilla, but without the annoyance that the Transformers films brings. If you enjoyed the first film, you will certainly enjoying this installment.


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