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MOVIES WITH MIGS: Wonder Woman 84 (Full Review)

What’s happening readers! If you have not watched WW84 you probably shouldn’t read on (unless you really want to). I’m not going full blown spoiler but I will be going into details over certain scenes so putting that out there up front. Good? Alright….Go time!

So after a few setbacks Wonder Woman 84 hit theaters and HBO Max on December 25th. AMC hosted an early IMAX screening a week before so I saw a good portion of the movie a week early. I say that because I dozed off for 20 minutes. That runtime….oof! The movie clocks in at 2 and a half hours but with the previews you’re in the theater for 3 hours. For me the film started dragging after the scene with the oil tycoon and Max Lord. I missed the White House scene the first time I watched. Ooops! It was a nice snooze though. The movie is visually pleasing in IMAX. There are some not-so-great CGI moments that stick out but for the most part the visuals were nice. The “I believe I can fly” scene was fantastic in IMAX. All the nostalgia was cool to see. Nothing like 80s gold! That fannypack man!!

The story didn’t blow me away. I appreciated Diana doing her Wonder Woman thing on the low key tip and I liked how she had to employ compassion and love instead of force in order to save the world but the story didn’t WOW me like the original. I didn’t have that excited feeling when I left the theater. I thought the way Steve was brought back was silly even though that sets up some fun moments in another guy’s apartment. I was impressed with Kristen Wiig as Barbara/Snow Leopard. Sorry….Cheetah. I just wanted more. Hopefully she returns somehow and looks more like a cheetah. Max Lord was very over the top. I wasn’t too familiar with the character going in so I did some research. Pascal’s performance wasn’t an exact match of how the character is in the comics but I can appreciate a businessman being corrupted once he has control of a powerful relic. “YOU HAVE TO WANT IT!!!!!” Haha. I felt like the “villains” weren’t really that. Wiig and Pascal’s characters aren’t bad people. We know that power can adversely affect people with good intentions though. It’s a familiar theme. The villain in this movie was people’s negative desires and fear so Diana had to adapt in order to stop a global crisis. I think Gadot handled that well. I could feel her depth of emotion, especially during her monologue to the people. She is terrific as Wonder Woman and I hope she continues in the role for a few more times. Side note: That scene with her in that white dress during the Smithsonian party had me like “HEYYYY DIANA……I SEE YOU!”.

Overall, I liked WW84 but I don’t love it. Terrible, nope. Not by any means as far as I’m concerned. To kind of quote Max Lord…….”It was okay, but it could be better!”. I’ve seen it a few times since my initial viewing so I was able to look at things with a different lens and mindset. Shoutout to Dolby Cinema! I went to see Wonder Woman in that format and passed out. Gotta love those comfy chairs! I’ll be adding WW84 to my collection when the Blu-ray drops. Hopefully there will be a dope steelbook edition. I am on standby to see if the third Wonder Woman movie will be more thrilling. Dun dun dunnnn…….

Check out my live review here: Facebook

I also joined my fellow Defy Life brothers from Take A Knee for a WW84 themed discussion on their podcast. You can listen to the show here: Episode 105- Wonder Woman 84 w/ Movie Man Migs – Take A Knee For Marvel Vs DC | Podcast on Spotify

CHEERS!
Migs Rodriguez

Movies With Migs: Monster Hunter (Spoiler Free)

Monsters on the big screen? SOLD!!!!! When I saw the trailer for Monster Hunter I knew I was in. The trailer shows too much (as they do these days) but I wasn’t going to miss out on seeing these crazy looking creatures in the theater. When I went to book my ticket I had the option to watch it in Dolby Cinema. SCORE!!!!! It was a fun time and I want to watch this one again in IMAX.

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MOVIES WITH MIGS: COME PLAY

What’s happening readers!! Last Friday I made it to the theater to see Come Play, a horror/thriller about a monster trying to make a boy his “best friend” by taking the boy to his world…….FOREVER! I found the film to be enjoyable even though it wasn’t scary. It had some creepy moments which turned out to be a lot of fun for me because I was in the theater by myself. I was ignorant! Like….ignant! Yelling at the screen. Telling the kids to run!! Saying “OOOHHH NOOOOOOO” really really loud! HAHAHAHA. Ahhh good times!

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Movies With Migs: Vanguard (No spoilers)

Jackie Chan is back and showing that he can still throw hands!! AMC Theatres are open in my area so I was browsing to see what was available to watch and I came across Vanguard. Last week was my first time seeing anything about the film but you don’t have to tell me twice when it comes to an actioneer starring Jackie Chan. The AMC I go to has the film in Dolby Cinema so I was all in. If you’ve read some of my previous reviews then you may have seen my love for Dolby. In my opinion it’s the best format when it comes to sound and presentation quality. I don’t know why Vanguard is available in this presentation though. Aside from the few eye popping scenes it’s not a huge treat for the eyes. The various gunfights had some extra oomph with the sound system so that was cool but regular format is okay here. I have AMC A List so I’ll watch anything in Dolby just because.

In the film Chan plays Tang Huanting, CEO of Vanguard, which is a company that specializes in providing protection to high profile clients. The movie opens with a small cell from Tang’s network providing protection to a client who knows a secret worth a lot of money. When an international gang fails to kidnap this client they go after his daughter so Tang’s people have to get to her as well. I won’t say anymore of the plot beyond that because that spoils the film. It’s a bang bang cat and mouse thriller, complete with awesome fight choreography, terrible dialogue, CGI straight out of a SyFy made for tv film, bullets galore and old man Jackie beating dudes down! I had a good time watching! I was chuckling at the bad CGI because WOOF. It was weird that the production used de-aging CGI on Chan’s face. We know he is old. We know he has wrinkles. His character wasn’t young so I don’t know what that was about. Seeing Jackie Chan and costars put the hurt on bad guys was awesome. Some of those fights were brutal! This movie didn’t blow me away but I found it to be enjoyable. The last two Chan films I watched (The Foreigner and Lego Ninjago) didn’t do much for me so it was great seeing him providing whoopings in this movie. Overall…….Not bad. Jackie Chan fans should enjoy this. Casual fans of action likely will also. If you have an opportunity to check this out in a theater (safely of course) I’d recommend it. I don’t see this staying around on the big screen too long so you might see it at Redbox or available to stream soon.

Check my video review here: https://www.facebook.com/MoviesWithMigs/videos/997921664033561/

CHEERS!
Migs Rodriguez

Red Pill or Blue Pill: The Matrix…….21 years later

The year is 1999. The Wachowskis gave us The Matrix, a sleeper hit that went on to become a global phenom. The story telling, the science fiction, the special effects……AMAZING!!! It’s been 21 years since its release so take that red pill with me and let’s reenter The Matrix! 

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Movies With Migs: Justice League Dark Apokolips War (No Spoilers)

The Justice League has fallen!!! After their preemptive strike on Darkseid fails Earth is left vulnerable to a massive invasion so other heroes and villains have to band together to stop the onslaught of Darkseid’s conquest!! Continue reading Movies With Migs: Justice League Dark Apokolips War (No Spoilers)