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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: Happiest Season

 




Happiest Seasons is the rom-com Christmas movie we all need right now and it’s now streaming on Hulu.

Meeting your girlfriend's family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family's annual Christmas dinner - until you realize that they don't even know she's gay - is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew.


Christmas movies have been around for some time now with Lifetime, Hallmark, and Netflix having a huge selection of holiday films to get people in the Christmas spirit, and now Hulu can add themselves to that list with their new film Happiest Seasons. Director Clea DuVall brings some queerness to an admittedly straight format, which gives this film some interesting originality.


The movie stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as Abby and Harper, a lesbian couple who is visiting Harper’s parents for the holidays. What Harper has failed to mention is that she hasn’t come out to her family yet, which causes drama throughout the film as Abby has to hide the true nature of their relationship for five days. 


Happiest Seasons does feel predictable at times and does follow the format of all holiday films, but that is what makes it so fun to watch - it just goes to show that a broad, crowd-pleasing film can happen with queer characters at the center of the story. 


What I found interesting about this film is that even with its laugh-out-moments, it feels incredibly honest in its depiction of how hurtful Harper’s secrecy can be, and it gets into a very painful and emotional spot as the film reaches its conclusion. 


Overall, Happiest Seasons an exceptional addition to the list of holiday films, and hopefully this film will open the doors for more stories with queer characters at its center. Happiest Seasons is a holiday rom-com that believably captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas. 

Critic Rating: 4/5 stars

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