This film was everything I expected it to be. Now, so far I haven’t been a DCEU fan, I hated Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman. In their quest to be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DCEU
took on a gloomy and dull visual palette and were also dull in terms of
the overall tone of the films. While that approach may have worked for Batman, they didn’t quite fit with Superman.
is the antithesis to those films and to everyone who said that
superheroes, in the current climate can’t be optimistic. One of the best
aspects of the film was the overwhelming optimism, the kind I felt at
the end of The Force Awakens, the certainty, that come
what may, good will prevail over evil. I loved that distinct lack of
cynicism, it was so wonderfully refreshing.
In terms of the two
halves of the film, the first half definitely works better while the
second half drags a bit but not for long. And those moments of quiet
were used well, to establish emotional connect with characters beyond
the immediate protagonists.
deserves heaps of praise especially in light of all the fake negative
reviews that strove to derail the film. When I went to watch BvS, I went in with zero expectations, but with Wonder Woman, I went with expectations, I expected the film to be amazing and for Wonder Woman to be an absolutely badass and Jenkins delivered on both counts. It really does bring to mind Christopher Reeve’s Superman, its charm, optimism and hope.
world of Themiscyra was beautifully crafted, it was beautiful and every
bit the paradise that it was meant to be. The Amazons were fierce and
it was a joy to see different ethnicities among them. I only wish we
spent more time with them.
The film is also beautifully shot, the
cinematography was stunning. And I was thrilled to learn that it was
shot on film, 35mm. There is something about film, that digital just
can’t replicate or replace. The fight scenes were also beautifully shot
and choreographed. They were thrilling and really pulled the audience
inside with a mixture of tight close-ups and wider establishing shots.
They were coherent in a way that so many fight scenes aren’t.
I loved Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright
as Queen Hippolyta and General Antiope respectively. Such beautiful strong women, it
was easy to see them taking on enemies and emerging victorious. Wright as Antiope especially a joy to watch, so fierce and formidable.
I loved Lucy Davis’
Etta Candy and feel slightly bummed that in all probability we won’t
see any more of her considering that she’s probably ancient by now. She
was hilarious without being a caricature. The motley crew that Trevor
puts together to get behind enemy lines, was also fun. They were diverse
without that diversity being overtly stated. Again, I wish we had spent
more time with them.
I am not a huge fan of Chris Pine
but I loved him here. He was excellent as the slightly jaded pilot/spy
Steve Trevor who slowly rediscovers hope and optimism. But Gadot
as Wonder Woman/Diana was the real star of the film. She owned the role
of Wonder Woman and shut up all the people who doubted the choice to
cast her. She was charming and her optimism and naïveté were believable.
She really invested in this role and it paid off. Her chemistry with
Pine was also amazing and served to make their relationship believable
even though they had only known each other very briefly. Their
interactions were a joy to watch and their camaraderie was one of the
high points of the film.
Of the villains, Danny Huston’s General Ludendorf along with Elena Anaya’s
Dr Maru were suitably sinister and even had a mad scientist-evil
mastermind laughter moment. One of my only complaints of the film is
that the villains felt somewhat underwhelming. I wish the script had
fleshed them out more. I also feel that the marketing should not have revealed who
Ares was (I won’t mention it here in case there are those who are as
yet unaware of that tidbit) Knowing about that reveal undercut its
Wonder Woman is the film we and this
character deserve. It is fun, funny, charming, full of hope and optimism
without ever being cheesy. It is a joy to watch and I hope we see a
sequel soon with Jenkins once again at the helm. People
need to watch this film and make sure that it is a hit, we need this
film to make money, to tell the studios that female-lead films and
blockbuster films directed by women can be both critically acclaimed and
box-office successes. That female directors aren’t a gamble.
P.S. - would it be too much to ask for a film about the Amazons on Themiscyra? I would pay to watch that film.
I mentioned in this post how Eli’s transition from what was basically the antagonist to being best friends with everyone in muse would have been really rough, and that part of it would be because of leadership issues. I’ve only watched a few episodes past where she joins but her takeover really is absolute. She’s leading practices, she’s coming up with ideas to boost their popularity (and enacting them with only nozomi’s knowledge, not honoka’s), and she’s the one deciding on the no-senpai rule. Eli comes up with ideas and then she does them, and there’s no backlash at all.
I guess it makes sense, given the characters. Most of them will follow any leadership, as long as they’re having fun. Umi might argue, but Eli shares the exact same ideas as her. Maki would argue but she already stop caring after Honoka stopped her from fighting Eli the first time. Nico will complain to herself and anyone in earshot, but for all her talk she hasn’t actually challenged Eli - possibly because she knows Eli is right, possibly because she knows Eli could instantly take her out in a fight, who knows. In the end this basically gives Eli free reign to do whatever she wants, and that probably helps her fit in with the group better. If she had to follow some other person’s leadership and stay quiet about her own ideas I don’t think she could do it.
Basically: it’s really good that the “who’s the leader” question came up before Eli joined. Otherwise it would have been an instant “oh, it’s Eli, end of story” and Eli would shrug and agree as she steals the club’s paperwork to do for fun in her free time
Who was the one to propose: Bruce was for reasons but in all honesty, Diana probably would have if Bruce hadn’t beat her to it and even then he had to be pushed by his friends (*cough Hal and Clark cough*) and also he was just worried that she would say no.
Who stressed more over wedding planning: Diana probably but she would love it and be super excited. Bruce would just find it adorable but also have his own opinion on it. They’d work together and Bruce would give her massages after a long day of wedding planning.
Who decorated the house: Diana would have a hand in it and give her suggestions. But she’d also be respectful of his things and traditions, they would combine their styles in a way that works for them.
Who does the cooking: Alfred. Just Alfred. On special occasions, Bruce. He can whip up some mean pasta.
Who is more organized: Probably Bruce to be honest, Diana would be chaotic organized. but Bruce has everything filed in the right place and color coded. It must be organized and tidy.
Who initiates bedroom fun: Diana. She is very straight forward about it. Bruce will once in a blue moon but nine times out of ten, it’s Diana cause she’s the ten. :D
Who suggested kids first: Surprisingly Bruce did. They never really talked about it because he had his batkids and Diana is perfectly happy with being a mother to them or a female role model. She was also ecstatic that he wanted kids with her though.
Who’s more dominant: Hmm. I’d say it’s about even. Bruce will some and then Diana. Diana does enjoy him taking her though and he also enjoys when she gets dominant with him. They’re both very kinky.
Who’s the cuddler: Bruce. It comforts him to be with her and in her arms or have her in his. It keeps his nightmares at bay and also relaxes him.
What’s their favorite non-sexual activity: Drinking coffee and discussing their day or sparring together.
Who comes home drunk at 3am: Bruce has once or twice. Thank you, Hal Jordan. You deserve the headache you got the next morning for making Diana die in laughter at Bruce’s adorable drunk self.
Who kills the spiders: Bruce. Diana won’t admit it but she hates spiders.
Who falls asleep first: Diana does, she’ll fall asleep talking about her day and Bruce just smiles as he pulls her close and then falls asleep himself.
Their relationship summed up in a gif: They are happiest when they are touching each other somewhere and after all they’ve been through, it keeps them ground to reality.
Gavin MacIntosh: Good kid on 'The Fosters,' 'sadistic' bad kid in new indie
Gavin MacIntosh, who plays Connor on The Fosters, gets scary in a new indie movie project. When I sat down with actor Gavin MacIntosh not long ago, I asked him to describe his first TV job as a day player, four years ago, on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”
Don’t get too excited, he warned. “It was a small part. I played a Pawnee Ranger, a Boy Scout-type kid, and I was only in the background. It was the director’s decision to pick someone out of this group to walk up to Amy Poehler and ask her a question in the scene, and I wasn’t picked. Another kid was picked, so I remember watching the episode and I saw a glimpse of myself, like a blur. Like: Oh, those are my shoes right there.”
It didn’t take long to progress to roles that feature his face as well. Since 2013 he has played Connor on the ABC Family series “The Fosters,” a show centered on an interracial pair of lesbian moms and their young family of biological, adopted and foster children. More recently, he was in-state this summer shooting an indie film two hours northwest of Chicago in Jo Daviess County.
“It gets a little creepy at night,” he said. “There are a lot of cornfields, and I don’t know if you’ve seen ‘Children of the Corn,’ but I watched that right before I came. Bad idea.”
MacIntosh is originally from Tucson, Ariz., and started acting at his mother’s encouragement: “It was to break up my shyness. Like, I would go into Starbucks and the lady would say 'Hi’ to me and I would hide behind my mom — I was that kind of kid.”
A role in a local production of “The Music Man” he said, “broke me out of my shell. After that we started commuting out to Los Angeles for auditions. Commercials, TV, movies. I probably wouldn’t have gone that path if my mom hadn’t guided me. She saw that it was an interest. And she’s really the one that paved the way and drove me there and back, there and back, there and back, three times a week. She spent so much money on that, and, looking back, I don’t know how she did it.”
At 16, MacIntosh is old enough to handle an interview solo. But I wondered, did he come to our meeting alone? “Oh, my mom’s out in the car,” he said. She’s been sitting out in the car the whole time? “Well, no, she probably went and got some coffee and is walking around.”
Their setup sounds like a good compromise, allowing MacIntosh independence without dropping the reins altogether.
I asked about other early roles. “I did 'Raising Hope’ and I had this line where I call someone a 'jackass.’ I went to a Christian school at the time, and my teacher — very, very Christian — saw it and kind of freaked out and tried to give me a speech about why that was a bad word and all that.” Pause. “So that was fun,” he said, shaking his head no, it was not pleasant conversation at all.
“After that is when I started home schooling.” Though he is technically a junior, he has worked ahead and plans to graduate in May.
The family didn’t move to Los Angeles until he got “The Fosters.” Was it hard leaving your friends, I wondered?
“I didn’t really have any. I know this sounds sad! But I didn’t. The school I went to only had 60 kids, pre-K to 12th grade. So there weren’t a lot of people to make friends with. I wasn’t sociable. I was kind of reserved and shy.”
It’s funny hearing that, because MacIntosh wasn’t shy about publicly calling out a major media player this past spring, and he did it pretty forcefully. YouTube had deemed a clip from “The Fosters” — featuring a chaste but meaningful first kiss between two boys, MacIntosh’s Connor and Hayden Byerly’s Jude (a pairing dubbed “Jonnor” by fans) — off-limits for underage viewers.
When MacIntosh found out, here’s what he posted on Twitter: “WHAT?! YouTube blocking #jonnor scene w/ age restrictions? 100% discrimination & homophobia! SO innocent compared to what’s on YouTube!” (MacIntosh didn’t give a clear reason why, but the Tweet was later deleted.)
Here’s what he said when I asked about the age restrictions: “That was ridiculous. I couldn’t believe YouTube did that. I wasn’t going to let that stand. When I saw it, it was a shock — 'Did YouTube really just do that?’ They probably have thousands of videos of a guy and a girl kissing, and those aren’t age-restricted, those aren’t blocked to people under 18. So why would they block a video of two males kissing, why is it so wrong? Someone has to stand up and say something about that. It just didn’t seem right.”
The show’s creators, he said, “supported me and they always have my back. You probably can’t say that about every show’s producers.” Not long after his tweet, YouTube reversed its decision and told The Hollywood Reporter, “When it’s brought to our attention that a video or channel was age-gated incorrectly, we act quickly to fix it.”
For much of August and early September, MacIntosh was in Illinois filming “American Fable,” an independent film set during the 1980s farm crisis. (He wrapped last week.)
“It’s about a little girl who finds someone held captive in the family silo. It’s very intense,” he said. “My character is her brother and he is a sadistic, militant kid, so the polar opposite of Connor. Connor’s a sweet kid, and this guy isn’t. He’s very smart, very intelligent. I researched Hannibal Lecter in 'The Silence of the Lambs’ — he’s a lot like him. He’s demented. He’s not the kind of kid you want to get stuck in a room with. It’s really fun to play someone like that.”
Has his mom watched any of those scenes and said something like, “All right, buddy boy, don’t plan on pulling any of that at home?”
“Yeah, a couple times. She’ll look at me like, 'Wow.’ But I want to play more villains.”
But if the acting thing doesn’t work out long term, MacIntosh said he has always thought about studying to become a dentist. Wouldn’t it be weird if he had a patient who recognized him from his acting days, I asked?
“No, I think that would be fun. Really fun! It’s something to talk about, right? While their mouth is open and I’m sticking them with a needle…”
(Article from the Chicago Tribune, link to the original article in source.)