Wonder Woman is easily the best of the current slate of DC films. It’s something of a backhanded compliment given the state of past DC films, but the sheer competence of Wonder Woman is such that it could stand head-to-head against most superhero films, Marvel, DC, or otherwise. Wonder Woman stars Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the eponymous heroine, princess Diana of Themyscira (aka Paradise Island), who gets drawn into the world of man to intervene in the dying days of World War I, the Great War. It’s of course noteworthy that Wonder Woman is the first big budget superhero film to be directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins, who struggles with some of the bigger action sequences, but overall does a fine job).
Hell or High Water should feel like a million other movies – and yet, it (mostly) doesn’t. There are so many cliches, so many characters and moments, taken from dozens of other Westerns or heist films, and yet Hell or High Water is a refreshing medley of those elements. Coming from Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, it’s no surprise to see a fresh take on a well-worn genre, a gritty, pitch perfect depiction of modern rural Texas, where cafes sell steak, everyone packs heat, and there’s a real sense of the economic troubles that everyone faces. Continue reading “2017 Movie #26: Hell or High Water (2016)”