Wonder Woman

I’ll keep this brief: “Wonder Woman” is the most amazing superhero film I’ve seen yet.

It isn’t something built on hype. If anything, Warner and DC didn’t put as much marketing effort as it had with “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and still “Woman Woman” was an explosive powerhouse of great action and great storytelling.

I say great storytelling because “Wonder Woman” tells more than one. It’s a coming-of-age tale where Diana comes to understand her purpose, it’s a heroes’ journey, it’s a story about World War I, it’s a love story, it’s a story about gods and mortals, and most of all, it’s a superhero story.

I look back in previous superhero films and not one of them came close to actually being a superhero. In 2008 with “Iron Man,” Tony Stark developed his suit first to escape captivity, and then again, to destroy the weapons manufactured by his own company on enemy hands. “Thor” was just a spoiled battle hungry god who got a time out from his dad and was just making penance. And good ole “Captain America” was a weapon of the United States to punch the hell out of HYDRA. 

I’m not bashing Marvel here. I love their films but you’ve got to admit, the first fight scene with Diana coming out as Woman Woman for the first time, where she went out of her way to help people in desperate need, that’s a superhero moment there. She was willing to abandon her mission and her own safety to save lives. Literally save lives – civilian lives – out of immediate danger between the trenches of World War I.

That moment where Diana rose up that ladder: It was glorious. Of course the music helped stirred my emotions but it was no less the most epic thing I’ve seen in a superhero film. I had to dig way back in the attic of my mind to find something similar, and what came out was Sam Raimi’s own “Spider-Man 2” where our friendly wall-crawler stopped an overspeeding train.

The heroics doesn’t stop there. At some point every supporting character had done something heroic and things continue to build up to the final closing scenes.

“Wonder Woman” is an excellent example that DC and Warner can produce excellent superhero films within their Extended Universe. It tells a clear and comprehensive story with just the right amount of humor and excellent action. That’s why “Woman Woman” succeeded. It’s going to be a tough act to follow up but here’s to the future of “Wonder Woman.” 

Now let’s see if “Justice League” is on par with “Wonder Woman.”


Techspot #1

Lots of cool stuff happened this week. Got to watch “Into the Woods” and “Fantastic Four” for the first time and saw how bullshit they really were. Among other things, I found some awesome things.

HP A3 printers

Printers are now part of the internet-of-things. That means you can connect your smartphones to printers via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or whatever. That means printers are also hackable and can be used to steal confidential information, especially hospitals and other major institutions.

Apple *yawn*

WWDC 2017 showed how cool Apple can be. Or, not. We didn’t get anything new out of them. A few hardware upgrades, which is expected. The super-powered iMac Pro that starts in 5,000 USD will give people pause, and maybe make them go, damn, but no one who doesn’t need it, or has a lot of money, will really pay attention to it for long.

Even the 10-inch iPad Pro doesn’t really sound so exciting, especially if you already own the bigger and older iPad Pro. 

Apple making partners for their Apple TV cotent sounds nice though. Curating some of the hit shows into a single service has its charms.

The iOS 11 and MacOS High Sierra, well, meh. And the HomePods, it’s something we’ve expected considering Google and Amazon are going aggressive with their own stuff.

Monument Valley 2

Had no idea this came out. It’s crazy. The first game was surprisingly fun and so bright and rich of colors that made the game a visual delight. The sequel is no different. Just started playing it and completed a couple of levels and I know more awesome things will unravel soon.

PlayStation 4 Gold

Oh, shiny. I can imagine a lot if people are going to dig this but no thanks, the regular black will do just fine for me.

Wonder Woman

Whoo! Still haven’t gone to see it yet. The other day when the wife and I went to the theater, it was packed! No slots left! Hopefully this weekend we’ll get a chance.