Thoughts and reflections on Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

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After today’s surprising and puzzling casting news, I have decided to let you know my thoughts on the casting on the most important and influential superheroine of all time.

I have been wanting Wonder Woman to be on the big screen for years. I knew there was no chance of her joining Batman in The Dark Knight trilogy but when Man Of Steel was announced, I though that maybe Diana was coming to the silver screen. My heart has always been set on Thor’s Jaimie Alexander for the part and recent rumours got me excited that she may just be cast.

But it was not to be. Gadot was cast today. I liked her in the Fast & Furious movies, but didn’t take much notice of her to be quite honest. I thought she was great eye candy and a kick ass character but that was it. She didn’t have the screen time to really show us if she could act.

For me, I don’t care if this incarnation of Wonder Woman has big boobs, because that is not the essence of the character. She needs some muscle though, so I believe Snyder will have her put on a training program almost immediately.

So, I’m relatively pleased with the decision as she had the looks and can do action, but what we need to see is whether she can carry a film and act as powerful and commanding as Lady Diana.

What are your thoughts?

– Logan.

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Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman in Batman Vs Superman.

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Well, this is a surprise. On one hand I’m pleased that WB have finally given Diana a shot at the silver screen, on the other hand I really thought Jaimie Alexander would be perfect and I’m skeptical about Gadot’s acting ability.

A bit in shock at the moment. Sorry for the short post, thought I’d bring you guys up to speed. I’ll do a longer analysis later of the casting.

Who would you have picked for Lady Diana?

– Logan.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review. (SPOILERS)

I recently saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on the opening night, and what an experience it was.

Having read all three books by Suzanne Collins, the second was by far my favourite. It had built on the solid structure of the first one and had expanded the world, creating an epic feeling. The games had a more shocking and brutal feeling to them and Katniss and Peeta’s relationship was a highlight of the book. So, going into the movie adaption, i had high hopes and felt slightly nervous.

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I needn’t have worried. Director Francis Lawrence has given us one of the most stunning dystopian movies in the history of cinema. It is so faithful to the book that diehard fans will love it, and it has plenty of well executed exposition so the uninitiated will feel right at home from the first shot. About 2/3rds of the movie is the aftermath of the first games, the setting up of the second and the spark of the rebellion. This is made in such an enthralling nature that it is just as riveting and as exciting as the games themselves.

The lead up is done so much better than the first one so when i saw Katniss and the other tributes rising up on their platforms to the centre of the arena, my heart was pounding. And a big bonus came out of the first bloodbath that made this one instantly distinguishable from the first: no shaky cam. After that, the action rarely stops to take a breath. Whether it’s giant monkeys, deadly fog, a tidal wave or blood rain, Katniss and her fellow tributes are always kept busy. It’s exhilarating to watch.

As for the acting, Jennifer Lawrence proves once again that she is the best actress working in Hollywood. She portrays aggressiveness, anger, fear and determination so well that all you can do is marvel. She is backed up by the stellar Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson who proved me wrong that he is a weak actor because he looks much more convincing on screen this time around. Woody Harrelson is again fantastic with some of the funnier lines while still being an emotional rock and Elizabeth Banks is given more to work with with a more vulnerable Effie Trinket. Sam Clafin and Jena Malone portray aggressive tributes Finnick Odair and Johanna Mason well with shades of vulnerability usually not seen in characters such as these. Donald Sutherland as President Snow is menacing and sleazy while radiating power. All in all a stellar cast turn in stellar performances.

I love that James Newton Howard kept some of the same themes from the first one while expanding his soundtrack in the second movie. It gives it a great sense of continuation.

The effects of course are top notch, with stunning shots of the capitol and hovercrafts that look so real it’s impossible to tell its CGI. There are excellently crafted live action set pieces with added CGI that blend together so well.

Panem and its 12 Districts are given more depth and really feel like a real world in this epic tale. I loved it from start to finish and can’t wait for the next installment. The final shot of the movie will inspire hope in many, an inspired move by both Lawrence’s.

See it now.

10/10

– Logan.

Christian Bale discusses his own Batman voice.

In an insightful clip, Christian Bale discusses his Batman audition for Batman Begins and how he altered his voice.

Bale on his audition: “I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer’s suit. It didn’t even fit properly, and I stood in it and I went ‘I feel like an idiot.’ What kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat? And is then going to go ‘Hello, how are you? Just ignore that I’m dressed as a bat.’ Of course, he’s meant to be doing this,” Bale said. “If you look at the history of the guy and the pain that he went through. I went ‘I can’t do this in a normal voice. I have to become a beast in order to sell this to myself.'”

Bale on the voice: “I went home that evening, and my wife said, ‘How’d it go?’ I went, ‘I kind of did this.’ And I showed her, and she went, ‘Oh, you f—ed that one up, didn’t you?’ ” he said. “Thank God they went for it.”

Personally, i’m glad Bale got the part, without him, Nolan’s trilogy wouldn’t have been the same.

You can watch the clips from comicbookmovie.com. http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=90222

What DC Cinematic Universe movie do you think they will announce yet?

Trailer sneak peak for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ hints at an epic vision.

A sneak peak for the trailer of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ has surfaced online, hinting at a epic vision with Russell Crowe as the titular character.

It looks to be a very grand piece with a great cast including Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Logan Lerman. The mood reminds me a lot of Gladiator but with an even more grand vision than Ridley Scott’s movie. It’s interesting because i’ve heard reports of test screenings getting negative reactions and others getting positive reactions, so maybe it will be a movie that divides people.  I’m looking forward to the full trailer when it arrives on the 14th of November at 8am. I’ll be covering that here, on Film Findings.

What do you think of Aronofsky’s take on the biblical tale? Will you be seeing Noah?

Let me know in the comments!

– Logan.

 

New ‘Maleficent’ poster starring Angelina Jolie.

Walt Disney has released a new ‘Maleficent’ poster starring Angelina Jolie.

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This new movie has me cautiously optimistic as Jolie picks her movies very wisely now and she rarely appears on the silver screen these days. She is a very talented actress and i believe this will be a return to form for her.

This poster is very dark for a Disney movie, which is fitting as Maleficent is such a dark character. The font for the movie title is a little too happy looking for the character that Jolie looks to be embodying.

What do you think of this poster? Do you like the look of Jolie as this character?

– Logan.