Wonder Woman (2017)

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is the perfect balance of a nurturing beautiful woman and a fierce alert warrior who is compassionate towards humanity and committed to the cause of saving them.

Director Patty Jenkins, known for the movie ‘Monster’ takes on a large canvas and executes the pace and mood the time very well. The plot builds slowly with some stellar action and surprising humour.

Chris Pine ably supports the female lead with his own aesthetics and antics. The remaining actors are well cast for their roles and the villains deserve special mention for being plain and simple evil rather than caricatures.

A visual treat, a well made film, which shows the back story of a super hero, who has the best qualities of all the others put together, combined with humility and grace.



In to the woods (2014)

Rob Marshall presents us a musical fantasy film of four fairy tales, where an ensemble cast led by Meryl Streep represent the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Little Red Riding Hood. Based on a Broadway musical it gave us a toned down Disney version for a family audience.

It is complicated to do justice to four stories, which has been done. It isn’t easy to weave them into one either, that too has been achieved. What is perhaps most difficult, is to give the stories ‘fairy tale endings’ and then introduce a whole new set of complications.

That tight rope is perhaps the strength of the film, which shows us how the protagonists we have known since we were children don’t necessarily accept their happy fate. They question it, and the actions of others involved in it.

The woods are but a metaphor for our darker side, or the dilemma of our conscience. The cast has sung the songs and there was no surprise for Meryl’s 19th Academy Award nomination with her performance. Walking the thin line between insane and vengeful her dramatics leave you wanting more.

A fearless tale with good music and visuals.