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Review: “Wonder Woman”

Wonder Woman

Title: Wonder Woman
Year: 2017
Director: Patty Jenkins 
Writers: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

And here it is, ladies and gentlemen: Wonder Woman the movie! One of the most anticipated superheroes film from DC universe this year with beautiful Gal Gadot playing the main role of Diana, princess of Amazon, who will be later known better as Wonder Woman. I recall to like the Wonder Women series when I was much younger with Diana played by Lynda Carter.

WW series

Diana (Gal Gadot) was born and raised in Themyscira, hidden island of Amazon warrior women. Understanding that their role as Amazon people was to protect humankind, Diana wanted to train herself to be a warrior, however her mom, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), had been very protective and restricted her from any warrior training. Diana then decided to train in secret with her aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright). When the two are discovered by Hippolyta, Antiope convinced her sister to allow Diana’s training to continue.

One day, a plane crashed off on the coastal area of Themyscira. The hidden island was soon invaded by German soldiers who were chasing pilot of the crashed plane, Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). The Amazon warriors attacked the German soldiers to protect their island, however, Antiope died to protect Diana. Outraged, Hippolyta arrested and interrogated Steve who later confessed that he was an allied spy of US and British who wanted to do something to stop the ongoing war (it was set at World War I). His job was to collect information of German power and strategy, however he ended up stealing a notebook with valuable information from the Spanish chief chemist Isabel Maru. Dr. Maru was working under instruction of General Ludendorff to create a deadliest form of gas to attack German’s opponents.

Being naïve as she was, with her belief that Ares, god of war, was responsible for the war, Diana decided to go with Steve back to London to find and destroy Ares. She took the sword which was shown by her mother as the ultimate weapon to kill Ares. When both of them arrived in London, they met Sir Patrick Morgan (David Thewlis), who was trying to negotiate a peace agreement with Germany. Later they found out that Germans planned to release the deadly gas at the warfront. Though forbidden by his commanders, Steve decided to go and stop preventing the gas from being released with the help of Diana, and his colleagues: Sameer, Charlie and Chief. Did they manage to do it?

In general, I like this movie. I think it has enough balance of action, drama, romance and comedy inside it. I found some scenes were properly funny, for example when Diana ate ice cream for the first time and said, “It is wonderful. You should be proud.” Or the scene when he saw Steve for the first time and said, “You’re a man..”, and Steve replied, “Yeah… I mean… do I not look like one?”. Lol. I laughed myself loud at that simple phrase.

I also like Gal Gadot and Chris Pine’s performance as Diana and Steve. They did a good job in embracing their characters and their chemistry felt quite real for me. If I should give one critic was only on their relationship development because I think it was a bit too fast. Of course, it is a superheroes movie, so perhaps action should anyway take the biggest portion of the movie. Nevertheless, I think a little bit more intimacy between these two main characters would not hurt. It would increase the intensity of their relationship development and make their love to each other felt more real for me.

Other than that, I love the graphics of the movie a lot. Themyscira was beautifully pictured, reminded me on beautiful coastal area of Greece or Italy. The action scenes were smoothly executed, though of course, you will find a bit exaggeration here and there. It is, anyway, a superheroes movie.

Kudos need to be given to Petty Jenkins as the movie director. I think she has cleverly established this movie as a complete package, which offers you different kind of emotion in one go. I actually just realized that she also directed “The Killing”, a TV series with dark atmosphere which I fond of. I hope this will be a major breakthrough for her to even create more interesting movies in the future.

Overall, I think I can understand why this movie became one of the highest grossing movie only weeks after released. It is entertaining and gives you different flavors which I believe you will appreciate. This movie makes me curious to see Justice League which will come later in the end of the year. Well done.

Rating: 4 from 5 stars

Wonder Woman team

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(Short) Birthday Reflection

So, as the title implies, today (June 17) is my birthday! 🙂

My birthday

Yes, I am that kind of person who loves to celebrate my own birthday, as much as I love celebrating others. I know there is nothing really special about birthday, considering that you are, well, getting old (and maybe a bit wiser, lol). But at least for me, birthday is a time to have a quick stop (sometimes a bit too quick) and revisit again my life, to see what I have done, what goals I have achieved, and what other things I still want to accomplish in my life. It does not sounds as “heavy” as it is, really. It is more like a peek on my continuous life.

To start with, I can easily state that 2017 is a life-changing-year for me. I just got married about 1.5 months ago (yay!) with one of the nicest person I have ever known. It is huge for me because for the last couple of years, I have been dealing with my frustration on finding the right partner in life. When I thought that I would just go with the flow and kind of accepting whatever fate I would have, this major event came and change my life completely. (I will share story of my wedding preparation and our instant-love-story in separate post, just because I want to, hehe 😉 ).

Not only in personal life, another change also happened in my professional life. I have been promoted to a higher position with a team of four. Simultaneously, I had to relocate from Jakarta to Sukorejo (Pandaan), East Java. When I first received the news from my bosses, I was having mixed feelings. I was happy because I have been moving forward steadily with my career path in the company (which is truly a bless!), plus I would go back to my hometown in Surabaya and live together with my husband. However this also meant I had to say goodbye to my old team and friends who will stay in Jakarta or move to another place. I had to leave my sister and her family as well, whom I have lived with for the last three years.

Changes are never easy, especially if it impacts your life significantly. These last six months have been quite challenging for me. In Q1, I was overwhelmed with all wedding preparation. I was very lucky that Rendy (my hubby) was actively supporting me by coordinating with the vendors and our families to ensure that the preparation went smoothly. While the wedding-stress was gradually decreasing, I gained another concern which was linked to my job: short transition process into my new role and responsibility. Everything had happened so fast, I barely had time to think if I had been doing all these changes properly, or if I should have done it differently to get better result.

In the end, I think I would say that, even though I could have done better in facing all these changes in the first six months of 2017, I managed to go through it pretty smoothly. I don’t think this would have happened without the support from my hubby, my families and friends. A new chapter of my life has just been starting, and going to have a long run in the future. I am excited, and looking forward to see how it goes (and experience it, of course!) together with my partner in life (and crime, lol). With that feeling, I will pause my reflection here, and continue in the next peek-on-my-life session. Until then!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Looking at this week’s theme of photo challenge makes me miss my camera. It has been a while since I last used it. I was learning photography in 2013 and also during my assignment in Switzerland. However after I came back to Indonesia, I was having difficulty to manage my time. Well, maybe also difficulty to manage my life somehow. I was fully occuppied with works with quite limited time to really do my hobby or something that I love to do. Not that I did not like my job back then, actually it was one of the most challenging and interesting job I have ever had. I could travel to different country, like India for instance, and I got to know new people and build my network.

Anyway, back to the topic, this time I post two pictures which I think could represent theme of Focus. The first picture taken during my flight from Jakarta to Surabaya, of course taken in flight mode 🙂

The other picture was taken during my trip to Japan when we were lucky to at least get a glimpse of sakura. Hope you will like them! 🙂

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(Belated) Weekly Photo Challenge: Face(s)

Gosh, I need to catch up the already passed Weekly Photo Challenges soon or it would not be relevant anymore! Talking about being lazy *cough*

Catching up with theme “Face”, I chose this picture of me and my darling Basak when we were in New Year End party in Lausanne. I wore wig for the second time and enjoyed surpised comments for people whom I know since they did not expect me to see me wearing a brunette wig *lol*

I love our expressions in this picture. I love her so much as a friend, sister, teacher and family. I adore her, and wish our friendship would last forever, though we are separated by distance. Love her! ❤️

 

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Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

 

Title: Captain America: Civil War
Year: 2016
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay)
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

It was another “regular” day for the Avengers. Led by Captain America (Steve Rogers), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), The Falcon (Sam Wilson), and Wanda Maximoff were on mission to stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos, Nigeria. When Rumlow commited suicide with a bomb, Wanda tried to move the explosion into the sky but it destroyed a nearby building, killing a number of Wakandan people. 

This incident triggered Sovokian Agreement, supported by most countries in the workd which would establish an international governing body to oversee and control the Avengers. The team were split into two sides: Iron Man (Tony Stark) supported it because he felt on destruction happened in Sokovia, while Captain America believed that they had enough judgment to do their responsibility. 

While the agreement was about to be finalized in Vienna, a bomb exploded and killed King T’Chaka of Wakanda. Video footage indicated that the bomber was Barnes (Winter Soldier). Rogers who was his best friend then tracked and tried to protect Barnes from being caught and also being killed by T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa. In the end, Rogers, Wilson, Barnes and T’Challa were captured. When Barnes was supposed to be evaluated, an unknown person called himself Zemo managed to go inside the facility and used Hydra’s trigger words to activate Barnes’ brainwashing. He questioned Barnes about the 1991 mission which revealed that there were more Winter Soldiers beside Barnes. They were still kept in Siberia, inside Hydra’s facility. 

While Rogers recruited some new comrades to help him in chasing Zemo, Stark also recruited other superheroes to catch Rogers and Barnes. So what happened next? And what secret kept by Stevens for years from Stark? 

I am not too familiar with Marvel’s comics because I grew up more with Europen and Japanese comics, so I never really had certain expectation on Marvel’s movies. I have been liking Iron Man after watching all the movies, and The Avengers are not that bad either (no offense, I am simply not that into it).

Captain America, honestly speaking, was the least interesting character for me. I like Hulk and Ant-Man better (after Iron Man, of course). I do not know either because of my preference or because the character itself, I found myself dotting for Tony rather than Steve, and this movie was supposed about Captain America (or so the title said). Though I acknowledged that somehow Steve’s perspective got a point, I felt Tony’s battle, inside and outside, deeper than Steve’s. Robert Downey Jr. did his part really well for me.

The plot itself was pretty interesting. Some people might perceive the ending as anti-climax, considering no battle between superheroes or war with super-evil-organization with deadly weapon. I actually liked the fact that the revenge concept was so simple, yet Zemo did an extra mile to have his goal achieved. It was also refreshing to know the villain was a simple human being, though his mind was messed up due to deep wound.

In the end, I could say I enjoyed watching this movie. Though I had this strange sad feeling about Tony and Steve walking to different direction, I somehow felt that it would strength their bond as good friends and allies. Or so I hope (not sure why I am so emotional, the comics are there anyway, lol!). 

Rate: 3.5 from 5 stars