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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

Disney’s Christopher Robin Review

Disney’s Christopher Robin, now playing in theaters, is the feel good film you didn’t know you needed. It’s a great film for kids, but even better for adults could use something a little calming.
Ewan McGregor stars as the adult version of Christopher Robin, the little boy from the books who is always hanging out in the Hundred Acre Woods with his friends Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Roo, Piglet, Owl, Kangaroo, and of course Winnie the Pooh. The film starts off with a young Christopher Robin, played at this point by Orton O’Brien, as he says goodbye to his friends and goes off to boarding school leaving childhood behind. As time goes on, he finishes school, fights in World War II, falls in love and marries a woman named Evelyn (Hayley Atwell). The two have a daughter named Madeline (Bronte Carmichael).

Christopher Robin (now a family man living in London) receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie the Pooh. With Christopher's help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.

The movie’s depiction of Pooh and his comrades are delightful and couldn’t be more perfect. Jim Cummings returns as the voices of Pooh Bear and Tigger is just fantastic. His perfect delivery of the character’s intonations rings me right back to when I was kid. Brad Garrett voices Eeyore and pretty much steals the show. You laugh with joys as Eeyore as he hum drums his way through the film. The others are fantastic as well, but it’s really Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore who are my heart tugging favorites.

The combination of script and visual effects are the key components to Christopher Robin’s success. The CGI characters are masterfully created. They are crafted from the classic cartoons and books, but are also fashioned as slightly worn stuffed animals. The give you that worn and fuzzy feeling you get when you see your childhood teddy bear for the first time in years. The screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Alex Ross Perry, and Allison Schroeder are spot-on with their characterizations. Winnie the Pooh is exactly as you would expect him to be; from his insatiable love for honey, to his hilarious antics. Special thanks to Marc Forster and the production team for getting this right. Audiences worldwide are going to be overjoyed.

Disney’s Christopher Robin is a tender, beautiful film that will pull at your heartstrings and reminds us of youth's innocence, and the importance of family in difficult times.


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