A GOOD DAY

Today was a good day.
I haven’t had a day to myself for almost three weeks. If I wasn’t at work, I was at Uni or I was on a placement. My days off were spent trying to complete my first essay and if I did find myself with a day off from all of that, there were chores to do.

I had a stroke of luck this week and found myself with three days off in a row and Ian managed to take a days holiday so we have the weekend together.
Unfortunately it hasn’t been very good for my diet!!

We started by having a day out today and went to MK to watch some films.
We arrived in MK at about 10am and had breakfast at Frankie and Benny’s and then headed of to see Baywatch!!

I know, I know. Really???

Surprisingly it was actually really fun!! Cheesy, but fun.
Of course the eye candy didn’t go amiss.

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Then we went straight into film number two. The Mummy.
Forget what the critics are saying, this was actually really good and my favourite of the three films we saw today. There were lots of quick references to potential future characters and Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyl worked well. I look forward to, hopefully, the next one!

Then we went to Wagamama’s for dinner and I decided to be brave and try something completely different. One chicken and prawn Yaki Soba later and I was completely stuffed. Yes, we also had chilli squid. Can’t go to Wagamama’s without getting a chilli squid. YUM YUM!!

Film number three was Wonder Woman.
What can I say about this without spoiling it?
It was good. A good set up for the next one. Plenty of action and humour. I was very happy about how strong the women were portrayed. Wonder Woman herself did not come across as overtly sexual, even with the skimpy costume. She kicked arse!!
However, it lacked a little something for me personally. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t come out thinking, WOW! I’ve got to see it again and that was disappointing.

Now we’re home and I have a HUGE glass of wine and I’m watching Riyadh’s new Youtube video and having a giggle.

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I have to do a bit of housework tomorrow… BOOOOO! before some old friends come round for a visit and Sunday I plan to do absolutely NOTHING.

Right, bed with another movie I think!!

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

I’m going to give this review a spoiler alert.
I don’t go into great detail about things but if you haven’t seen it yet be warned.

I will admit that when I first found out about this film I was disappointed.

I was disappointed that Henry wasn’t getting a chance to individually build on his Superman with another standalone Superman movie.
I was disappointed in the choice of actor to play Batman.
Even though I’m a Ben Affleck fan, I just didn’t see him as Batman material.
I was disappointed about the introduction of Wonder Woman.
I’ve never been a Wonder Woman fan.
I was even more disappointed in the choice of actor to play Lex Luthor.
I’m not a Jesse Eisenberg fan.

However, the more I found out about it and after seeing the trailers, I was seriously warming to the idea of this film.
I made the mistake of reading a few press reviews after it premiered and this made me start to doubt the film all over again, so when I went to see it in the IMAX today I was a little apprehensive.

I needn’t have worried!
I LOVED IT!!

I’m still loving the fact that Lois is the only one who knows who Clark Kent really is and that they are now in a full blown relationship.
Henry is looking better than ever as Superman and is still coming to terms with his reveal to the world and how they are perceiving him.
He’s still doubting that he’s done the right thing.

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What can I say about Ben Affleck.
OMG!
He was perfect.
Seriously one of the best takes on Batman yet.
Take Christian Bale’s Batman, put 10 – 15 years on him and you have Ben Affleck’s Batman.
Mean, moody, psychotic and angry.
He is also looking incredibly good and very fit!

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was surprisingly good and my interest has now piqued for the Wonder Woman movie.
She was elegant as Diana Prince and Kick Ass as Wonder Woman.
I just hope they steer clear of the insanely tacky invisible jet and I hope she can carry a movie on her own.

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I had no idea the film was just short of 3 hours long and it needed to be.
This is a set up film for a lot of future DC movies. Wonder Woman(2017), Flash(2018), Aqua Man(2018), Cyborg(2020), Justice League(2017+2019) and Suicide Squad(August this year) are all springboarding from this movie.

That said, apart from Wonder Woman featuring quite heavily and helping to save the day, the other characters only get a small introduction via computer files found by Bruce Wayne and then shown to Diana Prince.
The discussion at the end of the movie about finding them and bringing them together is a complete set up for the Justice League movies.

Ben Affleck can be seen again as Batman later this year when he appears in Suicide Squad and he has got a lot of hard work ahead of him to stay in shape as he has signed up for Justice League parts 1 and 2 and so has Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot.

Now, Jesse Eisenberg.
Mmmm, I think he was the only real disappointment for me.
I found him just a bit too manic and crazy.

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I always picture him as more controlled, still batshit crazy but controlled.
Jesse didn’t quite cut the mustard for me, not to say that he spoiled the film, far from it.
The rest of the film was so good, I can forgive this one little indiscretion.

I can also forgive the abundant use of CGI.
It worked.
It worked where the Star Wars prequels failed.

Overall, Batman vs Superman was a brilliant addition to the DC collection.
It took it’s time to tell the story and was careful not to overshadow Batman and Superman with future characters.
Even Wonder Woman was well placed and not over powering.
She worked well with Bruce Wayne and will be a great team mate or even partner to Bruce Wayne in the Justice League movies.

I may just have to go and see it again.

Right, now bring on the Suicide Squad!!

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REALLY? AND ‘MMMMM’ OK

I’ve kept quiet for a few days.
I haven’t been getting up to much, just enjoying my time off work and having a change of pace.
However, I’ve kept quiet about a couple of things for long enough.

First of all the first ’50 Shades of Grey’ trailer.

Am I excited?
Well….. no actually I’m not.

I got into the books like millions of other people did and I had a picture in my head of Christian Grey and he is supposed to be ‘stunning’.
He is supposed to be sleek and sexy and charming and he has the kind of look that makes ‘all’ women swoon and go gooey and get jealous of any other woman he may be with.

I’m really sorry if this upsets anyone but Jamie Dornan is just NONE of the above!!
OK, he’s a relatively good looking guy BUT he’s not Christian Grey.

Don’t even get me started on Dakota Johnson.
Never has a bigger casting mistake ever been made.
Too old looking, not innocent looking enough. She simply looks like a well groomed hollywood actress trying to play it down and failing miserably.
I’ll leave that one there.

Onto the next subject.
Wonder Woman.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love Superman.
I was very impressed with the recent re-boot of the franchise and I was really hoping that Henry Cavill was going to get a chance to really flourish in the next movie without being overshadowed by other big names and characters like George Clooney was as Batman.

I am getting a little worried about Superman VS Batman. Ooops, sorry…. Batman VS Superman!! He doesn’t even get first billing in the title!!
I know I probably have nothing to worry about but it’s very difficult not to.

I accepted Ben Affleck as Batman.
I like Ben Affleck and after seeing the first images of him as an older Batman I am feeling quite at ease.
However,
When I heard ‘Wonder Woman’ was making an appearance I got extremely worried.

I’ve blogged before that I am not a Wonder Woman fan.
I have always found her character to be very cheesy and the 70’s TV series is to blame.
I began to wonder how they were going to make this look work on film.

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Then this weekend saw the release of the first official images at Comic Con 2014.

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OK…..
I like that they’ve dropped the ‘red, white and blue’
The earthy armoured look is much more effective and much more Amazonian.
However…….
Why would any woman, particularly one who needs to move freely to fight and defend herself, want to run around in 6 inch heels!!
Why does a sexy, confident, superhero need heel’s?
Why do heel’s have to have anything to do with that costume at all?
Wonder Woman in the comics had ‘no heels’ or ‘low heels’ she never had 6 inch wedges!
I actually feel that putting a strong powerful woman in heels like this is degrading.

Anyway, we’ll see how it works out in 2016.

SUPERMAN VS BATMAN, INITIAL FEELINGS.

With more casting news this week for Superman Vs Batman in 2016, I am getting more than a little worried.

When they announced  the new movie as Superman Vs Batman I was OK.
When I found out Ben Afleck was taking on the role of Batman, far from all the negative repercussions on the internet, I was actually quite excited by the casting.
I think that Ben Afleck will be a great, more mature, Bruce Wayne/Batman.

However, since that revelation we have had another superhero thrown into the mix.
Wonder Woman.
Please!! There’s a reason they’ve never attempted a big budget Wonder Woman film.
She’s just too cheesy a character to make seriously.

Wonder Woman is supposed to be strong and Kick Ass, so who do they choose?

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Gal Gadot…. I’ve seen more fat on a chip.
She looks like she’d break if you sneezed in her direction.

I think the only reason they chose her is because they want her to look like this….

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How sexist and totally degrading is this?
I was never a fan of Wonder Woman… can you tell?
I really hope they are SERIOUSLY updating and rethinking this costume and please, please, PLEASE tell me they are not going to attempt the rediculous invisible plane!!

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Anyway, now that the Wonder Woman rant is out of my system I’ll go onto the next 2 bits of casting news.
The first one is they have picked Jeremy Irons to play Alfred!
Brilliant!

Jeremy Irons

The perfect Brit stiff upper lip. I think he will be an amazing Alfred.

Then they go and spoil it with the casting of Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor!!
Excuse me?!!!

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This is as far from my vision of Lex Luthor as they could possibly get.
For a start, when you think about Lex Luthor you think… bald.
I can’t imagine what a bald Jessie Eisenberg would look like but it sure isn’t a pretty thought.
That said, Luthor was originally depicted as a mad scientist who wreaks havoc on the world with his futuristic weaponry. He also had a full head of red hair!
So, if they are continuing with the completely updating of mythos and characters then Jessie could possibly work.

My main worry is that we are, yet again, overshadowing Superman himself.
George Clooney’s Batman was completely lost by the over acting of both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman which is a shame because I actually liked his Batman!
Here again, we have Ben Afleck’s Batman with the potential to diminish Superman’s presence on screen.
When you then add Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor to the list it’s starting to become a little overcrowded.

I worry for the future of Henry Cavill’s Superman.
His first outing in Man of Steel was perfect.
A brilliant re-booting of the Franchise.
A few tweeks to the mythos but the important parts still in tact.
A real Kick Ass Lois Lane with the heavenly twist that she actually knows his real identity. This woman has a brain, she was never going to fall for the glasses as a disguise.
An amazing re-design of the suit with more muted colours without detracting from the fact that it is a ‘Superman’ suit.

What he needs now is an amazing follow up to get his teeth into.
I just hope that they balance it all out and continue to re-write the Mythos and re-design the characters to drag them up to date and continue where Man of Steel left off.