wonder woman spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.)

It’s astounding that in this day and age, when superheroes are either disillusioned or self-deprecating, that we can have a hero like Wonder Woman. In the bleak DC Cinematic Universe, where nihilism reigns supreme, here we have a hero who champions the ideas of hope, compassion, and goodness.

Diana (Gal Gadot) is not dissimilar from the Disney princesses, who have long been heroes of overwhelming empathy. They are aspirational figures who exist in an elevated reality — fairy tales themselves are metaphorical by nature, and rarely depict anything other than a black and white reality. This is Diana at the beginning of the film, the embodiment of the ultimate Disney princess, for all the gifts and faults that they have — though thankfully without the frequently troublesome depiction of an “evil” mother or stepmother figure commonly seen in fairy tales.

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Wonder Woman Tone

Having seen 16 minutes of Wonder Woman, as well as a presentation of the events in the first act of the film, we finally have a good idea of what all the key players in the film are doing. Obviously there’s our superheroine Diana Prince, but there are also the Amazons who raised her, a few villains, some helpful heroes, and more.

We’ve put together a Wonder Woman character breakdown based on what we’ve learned about the movie so far, including some speculation on what might be in store for a couple of the characters. Read More »

Wonder Woman Footage Recap

As part of our visit to Warner Bros. post-production facility for Wonder Woman in London, England, director Patty Jenkins sat down to preview some footage from the DC Comics film adaptation. This is the first time the footage has been screened for anyone outside of the film’s post-production crew, so Jenkins was happy to share the result of all the work they’ve been doing.

We were shown four different scenes from Wonder Woman, which totaled up to roughly 16 minutes of footage. While there were some unfinished effects, an incomplete sound mix, and a temporary score, the scenes in question gave us a good idea of what we can expect from Patty Jenkins, and it looks like exactly the kind of movie that the DC Expanded Universe needs right now.

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‘The Skin I Live In’ US Trailer and Poster

Reviews out of Cannes might have been mixed at best, but the images and footage we’ve seen so far from The Skin I Live In, aka the reunion of Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas, are just too weird to allow me to write the film off completely. The film is about experimentation, control, and sex, and at the very least it looks as visually lush as you’d hope to see from a deliberately genre-informed outing from Almodovar.

We saw an international teaser for the movie not long ago that made it appear to have an unusually sexy/creepy/cool vibe. And now the US trailer has made its way online. It comes complete with the same strange/sexy tone, thanks in part to an infectious and bouncy music track. But then Antonio Banderas turns a hose on some poor guy and you have to wonder what’s really happening. Check it out below. Read More »

Reviews at Cannes painted Pedro Almodovar‘s new film, The Skin I Live In, as a muddled but sometimes effective thriller. A new international teaser for the movie has landed, and it certainly hypes up the ‘effective’ part, even while suggesting the same all over the map tone of which some complained at Cannes.

I got a kick out of this teaser because it makes the film look like it has the camp playfulness and style of Mario Bava’s wild comic book classic Danger: Diabolik, only filtered through the more intensely psycho-sexual and self-aware viewpoint of Peddro Almodovar. If I saw this without knowing anything else of the film I’d walk away pretty keen to see the film. See what you think, after the break. Read More »

Pedro Almodovar‘s new film, The Skin I Live In, has been picked up by Sony Classics and will play in competition at Cannes next month. The movie is definitely one of my most anticipated of the year, in part because it seems to be an excursion into new territory for the director. An adaptation of Thierry Jonque‘s novel Tarantula, it is in part about the revenge a plastic surgeon (played by Antonio Banderas) seeks against the man who raped his daughter. But the surgeon is also sort of a psycho whose home life with his wife is, to say the very least,a bit deviant, and not quite to her taste. Intense stuff, it seems.

We’ve seen some fake posters for the film, a few early stills and a real poster. Now there are a few new legit stills, which you can check out below. Read More »

One of the most enticing films that may well play Cannes this year — and, yes, one of the more frightening ones, too — is Pedro Almodovar‘s reunion with Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In.

The film is based on a novel called Tarantula that is nominally about a plastic surgeon who takes revenge upon the man who raped his daughter. But the novel sounds a lot more uncomfortable than a simple revenge film, because the surgeon also happens to keep his wife confined in their house, in which he forces her monthly into degrading sexual encounters with other men. Messed-up stuff, and definitely not what we’ve come to expect from Pedro Almodovar.

We’ve seen one poster for the film already that used a classic scientific illustration style to present one view of the film. Now there are some more posters, which position it much more explicitly as some sort of horror thriller. Read More »

almodovar-casting

Pedro Almodovar has been casting his next film La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In) and got things off to a big start by including Antonio Banderas, with whom the director has not worked since 1990. Now Almodovar has hired actresses Elena Anaya (Sex and Lucia) and Marisa Paredes. Both actresses have worked with Almodovar before; this will be the sixth film under the director for Paredes.

The film is about “a plastic surgeon’s revenge on the man who raped his daughter,” leading to the supposition that Banderas plays the surgeon and Anaya his daughter. Refer back to our last piece on the film for a long synopsis of the novel on which the movie is based, as it hints at how weird and uncomfortable this project might be. Can’t wait. [Variety]

After the break, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has a new Mary Jane, and Dexter gets a (slightly) unusual, possibly spoilerish cast member. Read More »