The Best DC Movies! | Wonder Woman (2017) (SPOILER ALERT!!!)

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Official Movie Poster; cr: IMDb

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Full Team! (l-r: Saїd Taghmaoui, Chris Pine, Gal Gadot, Eugene Brave Rock, Ewen Bremner); cr: IMDb

Long time ago, ladies’ roles were underestimated by the global. They assumed that ladies should be at home, doing their duties as a housewife. But for Diana Prince, it’s different. Since she was a little, she had always dreamt to save the world, but she never knew that there will be a lot of threats that will take her life someday.

That’s what she always thinks. A girl who was born in Themyscira Island, home of the Amazons. All of these happen from a tale which is told by her mother–Queen Hippolyta–about how was the Amazons created by Zeus after his son Ares, God of War, destroyed humanities with evil zests. If this still continues, then there will be an infinity war. Because of this, Zeus decided to kill Ares and created a weapon that can kill Ares (when he returns one day). That weapon is called The Godkiller–and apparently it’s a sword.

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Little Diana (Lilly Aspell) & her mum (Connie Nielsen); cr: IMDb

With age, Themyscira Island suddenly has a human guest named Steve Trevor, an American spy who is assigned to seek some information about what are the German’s armies doing in Turkey. He arrives with a (stolen) plane which has been shot and fallen into the sea together. Because of this, Diana intends to help him by carrying him into the coastline. But, who knows that his presence makes the Amazons asking his reasons, so they entwine him with Lasso of Trust (a magic rope that can make someone says the truths) onto him.

The reason that Steve tells to the Amazons is the same as the tale that her mother told to Diana–and she believes that this doing is Ares’–so she decides to go to the human world with Steve to stop the mess (and bring The Godkiller).

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In the human world, Diana will meet some new stuffs that she had never known before, like putting on a (ethical) outfit, trying new food (like ice cream), slow dance, etc.. Not only that, in human world, Diana starts to reveal the real identity of Ares–which is a speaker of peace on the Imperial War Cabinet named Sir Patrick Morgan–and her true self.

After DC Comics fans waiting for +70 years long, this summer Wonder Woman is officially aired in whole world cinemas. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the movie is adapted from a comic by William Moulton Marston with the same title. And for those who have already read the comic, there are big differences between the movie and the comic for sure, for example Diana’s outfit when she is in London.

Talking about which era, the movie’s takes place when the World War I (between Axis Powers and Allied Powers) finally comes to an end. With the World War I as the time setting, Jenkins wanted to show the audiences how are the situations back then. Starting from the situation at the front line war, and the people’s conditions there. Jenkins also added a little of Old Greek myths in the movie.

The question is, how will DC elevate Wonder Woman’s movie quality while the last DC Movie, Suicide Squad, can be said as a failure?

Diana Prince is just a girl full of curiosity and ambitions. Her curiousness is the entertainment material for the audiences. How come that Diana herself is a descent of the Greek God, and she enters the human world. She must adapt there for sure, but how she’s doing it is such entertaining. One of the scenes that successfully made me laugh is when Steve tries looking for a new outfit for Diana because her outfit that she wears is a little bit naked until she must cover herself with a long black coat. For your information, while Diana trying her new outfit, she assumes that those are battle outfits (and as you guys can see that those are tore widely).

While her ambition is already seen from the beginning of the story. Her wish to join the martial art training with the other well-trained Amazons has already made after she often sees their training. Because of that, her mother’s sister Antiope intends to train Diana quietly–until her mother finds out. Other than that, her wish to stop Ares’s doing–which Diana believes that he’s already came back–makes her going to the human world until her mother overwhelmed to stop her.

And, the appearance of an American spy Steve Trevor changes Diana’s life. His patience combines Diana’s curiosity. For example, when he wants to prove Diana that he really tells her the truth by using Diana’s Lasso of Truth. Aside from his patience, Steve is a (very) careful person. He doesn’t want Diana to run away while running on the mission. But behind that, he actually doesn’t want her to be hurt on the mission.

And as the story goes, the chemistry between these two characters keeps growing until they decide to continue it to the next level. Because of this, fans started to ship (fandom’s language) them. It is so romantic that when the story reaches to an end, they finally separate at the take-off field and Steve gives Diana his dad’s watch as a sign that he really loves her.

The end story of Wonder Woman is such a plot twist! At first, Diana thought that Ares was the general of war from Germany Erich Ludendorff. But, it was totally wrong and the real Ares is Sir Patrick Morgan. Also, there’s a gaffe near the end of the story, which is where Patrick’s (Ares) statement to Diana about the formation of a new and better world after the humanities are destroyed by themselves. So confusing, don’t you think?

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Overall, the movie is beyond my expectations. I always state that the DC Movies are way worse than the Marvel Movies, yet somehow Wonder Woman deserves five thumbs up. I even got touched while watching a scene where Diana uses her shield to protect herself from the Axis Powers’ rain bullets.

 

Movie Title: Wonder Woman (2017) | Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, War | Adaptation: Wonder Woman (DC Comics by William Moulton Marston) | Director: Patty Jenkins | Producer: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle | Screenplay: Allan Heinberg | Composer: Rupert Gregson-Williams | Cinematography: Matthew Jensen | Editor: Martin Walsh | Production Company: DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures | Country: The United States | Language: English | Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saїd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann Wolfe, Ann Ogbomo | Release Date: May 15, 2017 (Shanghai); May 31, 2017 (Indonesia); June 2, 2017 (The US) | Running Time: 141 minutes | Rating: PG-13 | Score: 9.0/10.0

 

 

Another Train of Feels | 聲の形 (2016) (SPOILER ALERT!!!)

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Directed by Naoko Yamada and based on the manga with the same title by Yoshitoki Ooima, the movie focuses about a relationship of a normal boy–who is already a jerk from the first place–and a deaf girl–who is already a shy from the first place. And my question is, “How?”

It all starts back when a normal boy named Shouya Ishida (Miyu Irino; Mayu Matsuoka as the kid version of Shouya) was a sixth grade student. Once, he had a lot of friends–he even formed a gang consisted three members (including him). His friends always joined him jumping into the water from the bridge, playing video games at Shouya’s house, and more. His life was so perfect, until his class was unexpectedly visited by a new student named Shouko Nishimiya (Saori Hayami). She is deaf as you can see, but you can communicate with her by using her own communication book. Simple! Shouko writes what she asks and you just tell her about it. In the end, she will write ‘Thank you!’ This made her classmates wasn’t hesitant to be friend with her, until one day when her class was having a practice for the choir competition. She sang badly that her classmates and the choir teacher shocked. Because of that, her class lost the competition! From this incident, her classmates started to bully her slowly.

From all of them, Shouya was the most severe. Shouko’s communication book was threw away to the pond, she was watered by the water from the hose, she was deliberately made stumble, and more. And the most brutal action that Shouya had ever done is he damaged and threw away her eight hearing aids–until her ears was bleeding. Thanks to his doing, her life became more miserable–so as her mother and her little sister, Yuzuru Nishimiya (Aoi Yuuki). And thanks to his doing too, he must paid back for ‘the tail’. Shouya’s mom had to close her bank account just to pay compensation for Shouko’s eight hearing aids (fyi, a pair of hearing aids can cost around US$ 1000 to more than US$ 4000). Moreover, Shouya had to lose all of his friends and got bullied in the same way as Shouko. While growing up, he felt that he must paid all the compensation which was already paid by his mom, so he sold everything and started part-time jobs.

High school period starts and he’s still being alone in school. He becomes an anti-socialist, every person’s faces in his school are covered with a big ‘X’ symbol–except his family. But, after his meeting with Shouko again, Shouya sets out on a path of redemption by trying to befriend again with Shouko. Moreover, he also starts his very-first relationship (in high school) with a fat-ugly student–who appears to be his classmate–named Tomohiro Nagatsuka (Kenshou Ono) after saving him from a student’s threat by lending him his own bicycle.

In the end, Shouya helps Shouko by losing all of her shyness and calling some of their sixth grade classmates, Miyoko Sahara (Yui Ishikawa), Miki Kawai (Megumi Han), Satoshi Mashiba (Toshiyuki Toyonaga), and Naoko Ueno (Yuuki Kaneko). Not only that, he finally learns something about the true meaning of friendship–which is more beautiful than being alone forever.

Although the movie is slightly different from the manga–a part where Shouya and his new friends are making movie for the bunkasai (cultural festival–usually holds in schools/universities) movie competition and I believe there’s more that I can’t say here–I must say the movie is really good that the story itself successfully makes me cry a lot. Shouya who has repented after the sixth grade incident and tried to be a better person for everyone sake. Shouko who always struggles to run her life fully and befriend with someone though she has a deficiency.

For me, starting a relationship with others may be easy, may be hard–depending on how aboveboard I have to bring myself as a good person and be generous to them. And one moral message that I got from Shouya, “Not every person in the world have negative thoughts about you, if you never try to do something that will make them happy for you.”

Movie Title: 聲の形 (read: Koe no Katachi; A Silent Voice) | Genre: Drama, School, Shounen | Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes | Country: Japan | Language: Japanese | Director: Naoko Yamada | Adaption: Manga (Yoshitoki Ooima) | Music: Kensuke Ushio | Character Design: Futoshi Nishiya | Production Company: Shochiku, Pony Canyon, Kodansha, ABC Animation, Quaras, Kyoto Animation | Release Date: September 17 2016 (Japan), February-June 2017 (Worldwide) | Rating: PG-13 (13 years old or older) | Score: 9.3/10

2017年5月18日