Wondrous Wonder Woman

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The latest big screen action hero epic from DC Comics introduces Wonder Woman, or Diana, princess of the Amazons, to us useless mortals on planet earth. It seems the Amazons, with their complete woman warrior society, has found a better way to live at peace.

Cathryn and I both like how WW was introduced to the world, near the end of the war to end all wars. Chris Pine is a spy and humorous sidekick to our hero. Neither understands the other’s world, but it’s Wonder Woman who chooses to leave her paradise island to help mankind.

Cinematography, turn-of-the-century costumes, and CGI make this film a big screen delight. It’s also in 3D, but we were quite happy to watch it in two dimensions from the brand-spanking new recliner chairs at Lakeshore Cinemas.

Gal Gadot is about to become the richest female actress in the world with this franchise and the other upcoming super hero movies she’s joining.

Cathryn gives Wonder Woman a 10 and I’m giving it a 9 – only because I thought the story line was a bit sappy at times. It is still a great action flick.

Skip “The Dinner”

imagesThe Dinner is the first movie we’ve walked out on in a long time. The trailer made it look interesting. Maybe we should have read the reviews. I only noticed now that it received NO STARS. We couldn’t agree more.  The movie was as stupid as its title.

After twenty minutes we looked at each other and commented how it was slow and boring. Around forty-five minutes into the yawner we considered leaving, but we thought we’d take the chance that something would happen any minute. Wrong.

We left the theater after an hour, I was surprised to see that no one else followed suit. Even with Richard Gere and Laura Linney, the movie was actually painful to watch. Steve Coogan had the main roll and he had both of us squirming in our seats after only a few minutes of listening to him.

The plot hung there, somewhere, but we didn’t stick around to see it unfold. The point of the story was to see how far parents would go to protect their children after they did something completely stupid and horrific. I saw enough of real-life drama during my police career to know the answer to that question.

Cathryn and I give The Dinner a big fat 0!

Going in Style is Golden

going-in-style-29822With all the teenage and kiddie movies on this past month or so, Going in Style is a treat for us folks in the over fifty crowd. The comedy about three golden aged gents who lose their pensions and decide to rob a bank is guaranteed to make you smile and give you more than a few laughs.

The cast of Michael Kane, Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Ann Margaret bring characters to life that will easily remind you of ourselves or someone you know.  It’s a feel good story that has a bit of gun play, but no body count, and a few twists that keep you rooting for the “good guys” right until the end.

Cathryn and I both enjoyed the movie and rate it 8 out of 10.

 

Hidden Figures – Movie

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I’m guessing the only reason someone made this movie is because Katherine G. Johnson was finally recognized for her contribution to the NASA space program at the tender age of 97. The story is about how three black women worked their way into the old white boys club and helped the United States win their space race against Russia.

The real inside story is about the fight for equality, both in race and gender. The “incredible untold true story” gives us insight into how three women of color use their smarts and determination to help launch astronaut John Glenn into space. Although America still struggles with racial and gender discrimination, Hidden Figures shows us just how ridiculous the situation was in 1961.

This movie will tug at your emotional heart strings, but it is a feel-good movie that will have you cheering in the end. Cathryn and I both give it a 10 out of 10.

Rogue One

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The critics’ reviews are all over the map on Rogue One, the latest Star Wars movie, and honestly, so are mine. Although it’s a prequel, meant to explain the sequels, at one point I felt like I took a NyQuil.

There’s solid acting by one veteran actor, and lots of newcomers and unknowns. The story had me confused from the start, but I clued in as the plot moved along, remembering tidbits from past episodes.

There was lots of action, which I normally like, but found boring at one point. Maybe I tired of the story. Darth Vader only made a brief appearance, which I felt left the ending anti-climatic. Having said that, Cathryn shed a tear at the end when one of the original cast makes a cameo appearance to utter one word, “Hope.”

Rogue one was entertaining, with a bit of humor thrown in with the drama. Half of our audience clapped at the end, and you don’t see that happen often. Cathryn rates the movie an 8, but in being generous, I’m giving it a 7 out of 10.

Allied – Spies & Lies

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Allied is a fresh take on a second world war spy thriller. In this case, a male and female agent team up for the British Government to assassinate a Nazi sympathizer, and they fall in love while on the assignment.

The movie has a bit of everything – suspense, intrigue, drama, romance and even some action. I can’t recall any humor, but it they were serious times in Europe, during the war. That tone rang true in Brad Pitt’s character, he barely cracked smile the whole movie. His partner, and later wife, Marion Cotillard, did a superb job in keeping us guessing about her true identity.

Even with the spies and lies, the plot is easy to follow. Like a good novel, the tension builds throughout the movie. When it finally breaks in the end you’ll be reaching for a tissue.

Cathryn and both enjoyed the movie and give it an 8 and 9 respectively.

The Hero of Hacksaw Ridge

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Heartbreak, Sorrow, Fear, Awe, Amazement. Those are five emotions that come to mind as I watched the first battle scene on Hacksaw Ridge, on the island of Okinawa. I actually caught myself wincing a few times – watching explosions, bullets ripping into flesh, and the resulting carnage. This is not a movie for the faint of heart. It’s a war movie that makes Saving Private Ryan seem tame.

With war movies such as Braveheart, The Patriot, and We Were Soldiers to his credit, Mel Gibson took it up another notch with Hacksaw. It was not based on a true story, it IS a true story of man whose religious beliefs would not let him take the life of another. He joins the military to become a medic and save lives, not take them. The ignorance of others leads to him being labelled a coward and they try to force him out of the army.

If Webster’s dictionary is looking for a picture of someone to post under their definition of a Hero, Desmond Doss’ likeness should be it. The man went above and way beyond what many others could even conceive. Doss was the first non-combatant to receive the medal of honor for his efforts. He alone, saved 75 soldiers on Hacksaw Ridge and was severely wounded himself.

I don’t think Cathryn could have handled this movie, so I saw it solo. It’s easily the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. 10 out of 10.