Yes! The day is finally upon us! Let June 2nd forever live on in history as the day that Diana, Princess of the Amazons, lassoed the DC Extended Universe and dragged it back into the light.
Age Restriction: 10-12 PG V
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
A week after watching Wonder Woman, I’m still dwelling on just how marvellous this movie was. Everything about it is divine, and I’m just a teensy bit in love with Gal Gadot after her impeccable performance. Wonder Woman is not without its drawbacks, but if this is the way comic book superhero movies are headed, then sign me up.
Age Restriction: 16 L N V
Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Zac Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
I truly wish this wasn’t the case, but Baywatch is really, really, really stupid. Oh don’t get me wrong, you’ll laugh, but the same way you laugh at a puppy that runs into a wall. It’s funny because it’s dumb, but at the same time, it’s actually just… sad. Every time you think that the cast is going to fully commit to absurdity, they pull back and try to get you to take the movie seriously. Then they throw in a dick joke or two. It’s immensely frustrating to watch and even the delightful lead performance by Dwayne Johnson couldn’t keep me interested.
Age Restriction: 13
With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.
If you favour dry British wit and broad satire over dick jokes, then you’ll enjoy The Finest far more than Baywatch. Full of low-key but deep emotion, with a charming cast and chock full of nostalgia, Their Finest is a witty crowd-pleaser.
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Last Updated: June 2, 2017