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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

Movie Review: Trolls World Tour

Trolls World Tour
is a fun and entertaining dance party that you can stream right from your living room.

Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also devoted to six different kinds of music -- funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rocker Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct.

Trolls World Tour is the first major studio to skip the theaters and released on streaming VOD platforms during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Other films like The Invisible Man and Onward were in theaters for at least a few weeks before coming to digital platforms. The sequel offers fun, new content for those stuck at home. You do have to pay $19.99 for a 48-hour rental, which isn’t bad considering how much a ticket cost. Kids will want to watch it over and over again, which is the real downside to it being only available to rent.

The first Trolls film focused on embracing one’s community, while the sequel has Poppy and Branch trying to figure their purpose on a larger scale. Poppy is now queen of the Pop Trolls and Branch is still living in hos doomsday bunker (funny how that’s so relatable now), but the two can’t seem to find that harmonious connection between them.

That theme is shown largely when the Pop Trolls discover that they are one of six groups tied to different forms of music (Techno, Country, Hard Rock, Funk, and Classical) and each group has a string, reminder that they used to coexist together until their musical differences forced them apart.

Directed by Walt Dohrn, World Tour features a bunch of songs to reflect the different genres of music groups in the film, plus some new original songs. There isn’t a tune as catchy as “Can’t Stop The Feeling”, but “Perfect for Me” is a beautiful love ballad for Poppy and Branch. The A-List guest stars are pretty fantastic: You have George Clinton and Mary J. Blige as Quincy and Essence, the rulers of the Funk Trolls; and amazing Kelly Clarkson voices Delta Dawn, queen of the Country Trolls. However, its Bloom’s Queen Barb of the Rock Trolls who gives the film most of its charm.

Focusing most on the message of finding one’s own musical soul, Trolls World Tour is a pretty enjoyable animated film that will win people over because we are all staying home, social distancing, and that OK. We will get through this and Trolls World Tour should help cure a little bit of those quarantine blues.

Critic Rating: 5/5 stars

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