Well, the good news is that it’s not as offensively bad as the mess that was Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the bad news is that it’s still not that good. With an assist from Joss Whedon, Zack Snyder’s superhero slog Justice League is thankfully a lighter, brighter film than his previous efforts (though it’s still chock full of his trademark lifeless CGI). What it lacks in charm it makes up for in bombast. It’s not terrible, it’s just, you know, kind of there.
For a superhero that’s been around for over seventy-five years, the origins of Wonder Woman are anything but conventional. So posits Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, an intriguing, but rough biopic that follows the relationships of her creator, William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), his wife Elizabeth (the exquisite Rebecca Hall) and their girlfriend, Olive (Bella Heathcote). With Wonder Woman having something of a moment right now, with a summer box office smash and the upcoming Justice League, the most famous female superhero of all time is merely background fodder here, with the focus being on the relationship dynamics of the three main characters amidst the framing device of deposition on the decency of the early Wonder Woman comics, with their reliance on bondage themes, nods to lesbianism, and hints at sadomasochism. Continue reading
Well, the good news is that DC finally has the first movie worthy of its characters since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The less good news is that it’s not nearly as great as it could or should be. It’s a fun movie, full of great moments and interesting set pieces. However, I do think a lot of the credit is getting is in relation to the extremely low expectations given the prior movies in the DC canon.