#WonderWoman and #CaptainUnderpants – Movie Reviews

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Wonder Woman – Review

Wonder Woman – Budget of $149 million – 2 hours and 21 minutes

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Wonder Woman
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Diana is the only child on an island of Amazon Warriors.  Her mother Queen Hippolyta wants to keep her protected. But her aunt General Antiope wants Diana to learn to fight. At first, Antiope trains Diana in secret. But when Hippolyta finds out, she tells Antiope to train her harder than any other warrior.  Though Diana must never learn the truth about who she is. Diana knows that she was sculpted from clay by her mother and brought to life by Zeus. Zeus created the Amazon Warriors to protect mankind from his son Aries, the god of war. Once Zeus defeated Aries, he shielded the Amazon warriors on their own island called Themyscira. It has been hidden for years to protect the warriors from man but as Diana’s powers grow, Aries is sure to find her and the island. After Diana gets a taste of her power during combat training, she sees a plane fall into the water. She saves the man inside. Although he is saved, ships of his enemies follow him and a battle ensues on the beaches of Themyscira. A battle is forged that leaves the enemies to perish. Once the Warriors have defeated the enemy, they question the plane’s survivor. He reveals he is Captain Steve Trevor of the US Army that spied on the Germans to get intel from Dr. Isabel Maru (aka Doctor Poison) and General Erich Ludendorff. Captain Steve tells the Warriors that a book he stole could end World War II and save mankind. Hearing of this war and its devastation, Diana wants to go with Steve. She believes that Aries is behind the war; and if she kills him, the war will end.

This movie is what Batman v. Superman should have been in a visual sense (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The graphics look less cartoonish and more integrated with the characters and props. The banter between Steve and Diana is quotable and relaxing. It offers a great comic relief to the tragic story of WWII.  It ties in the Justice League, by using a letter from Bruce Wayne at the very beginning, which leads to Diana telling her story.  The stunt coordinators did an elegant job with the hand to hand combat and sword fighting scenes.  The action was not only slowed down to be “cool” but gives the fans time to appreciate the work that went into the choreography.  And while Linda Carter does not make an appearance, homage was paid with an updated look to the Wonder Woman suit.  Princess Diana leads the charge and fights but must learn the painful truth about humankind.  This is what makes her character flawed and real.  While this is an amazing movie (which did not feel like 2.5 hours) it left some holes (like how Dr. Maru got her scars).  This is one to watch at the theaters and in 3D but don’t stay after the credits.  There is nothing to see.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Hello, mother. How are you today – Young Diana

You should be ashamed. All of you should be ashamed – Diana

Who gets paid for honor – Charlie

A liar. A murder. A smuggler … I’m all three – Steve

I’m both afraid and aroused – Sameer

His people – Chief

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DreamWorks Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Budget of $38 million – 1 hour and 29 minutes

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DreamWorks Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
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Harold Hutchins and George Beard have been best friends since kindergarten.  The two go to George’s tree house and create comic books.    George creates the stories and Harold does the drawing.  Also, they pull off the most epic pranks in Jerome Horwitz Elementary School because their school feels like the penitentiary.  After causing a toilet paper fight during the invention convention, Principal   Krupp is sick and tired of the pair.  So he decides to put them in separate classes.  Harold and George believe this will end their friendship because long distance relationships don’t work.  They try to get the evidence from Principal Krupp’s office but they are distracted by a file cabinet with their names on it.  Inside the cabinet is every toy Principal Krupp has confiscated from them, including George’s 3D Hypno Ring.  Principal Krupp walks in and catches them.  As he signs the classroom change slip, George uses the ring to hypnotize him.  They make Krupp believe he is Captain Underpants (a fictional character they created).  They believe this is hilarious until the Captain jumps out of the window and into the world.  They must get him back.  With time they learn that snapping makes him Captain Underpants and water makes him Principal Krupp.  However, when he is Principal Krupp he wants to sign the slip.  And when he is Captain Underpants, he is irresponsible.  So irresponsible, he hires a new science teacher, Professor P., without any experience or credentials.  Professor P has a plan that is worst Harold or George could imagine, but the horrifying truth, they will need Captain Underpants to help.

Based on the book series, The New Captain Underpants, this movie is funny for both kids and adults (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Parents will enjoy all the Easter eggs like the sign in Krupp’s office that reads “Hope Ends Here”.  Also, there is more than one type of animation.   From computer graphics to 2D to puppets.  It feels like you are in another world and you want to know more about the 2 main characters that created Captain Underpants.  The best part for children is when George and Harold go inside Krupp’s home.  They get a glimpse into his life and see that he is missing something.  Kids will see their teachers and school staff are people.  With all those positives, it did not need to be in 3D.  Also, it could have spent a few minutes giving details on one of their pranks but you better believe there will be a part 2.  Only stay after the first set of end credits, there is nothing at the very end.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Able to leap over tall buildings without getting a wedgie – Captain Underpants

Maybe I did. Maybe I didn’t. I did – Melvin

Oh, look at that. We have a grade A suck up. That’s good to know – Prof. P

Mr. Hutchins your drawing is getting better – George

That’s because your words inspire greatness, Mr. Beard – Harold

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