The latest big screen action hero epic from DC Comics introduces Wonder Woman, or Diana, princess of the Amazons, to us useless mortals on planet earth. It seems the Amazons, with their complete woman warrior society, has found a better way to live at peace.
Cathryn and I both like how WW was introduced to the world, near the end of the war to end all wars. Chris Pine is a spy and humorous sidekick to our hero. Neither understands the other’s world, but it’s Wonder Woman who chooses to leave her paradise island to help mankind.
Cinematography, turn-of-the-century costumes, and CGI make this film a big screen delight. It’s also in 3D, but we were quite happy to watch it in two dimensions from the brand-spanking new recliner chairs at Lakeshore Cinemas.
Gal Gadot is about to become the richest female actress in the world with this franchise and the other upcoming super hero movies she’s joining.
Cathryn gives Wonder Woman a 10 and I’m giving it a 9 – only because I thought the story line was a bit sappy at times. It is still a great action flick.
Personal (Jack Reacher, #19)
by Lee Child (Goodreads Author)
I’ve read a few of Lee Child
‘s Jack Reacher novels now, and I have to say Personal
was probably my favorite. I found a little more dry (Reacher) humor in this one, and a lot less of Child’s sometimes painfully slow narrative.
I liked the characters and the plot moved well, with a couple of twists to keep you guessing right until the end. For me, it was a fun read!
Inferno twists and turns like the tentacles of flames in search of oxygen. Having read and loved Dan Brown‘s book of the same name, I was pleased the script followed suit. I’d forgotten about the biggest surprise in the story that blew me away again, seeing it on screen.
I read one review that said Ron Howard didn’t put his best effort into this installment of the adventures of Professor Robert Langdon. Nonsense! The action starts ten minutes into the film and doesn’t let up until the end.
Once again Langdon’s search for clues and his efforts to solve a complex puzzle (to save humanity this time), take him to the ancient cities of Europe, such as Florence, Venice, and Budapest.
Tom Hanks is strong in the role of Professor Langdon, as usual. The historic sites and cinematography made this film a treat to see on the big screen.
Cathryn and I both love the movie and each gave it 10 out of 10.
So I’m one of those Jack Reacher fans who always comments on how Tom Cruise doesn’t fit the main character in Lee Childs books of the same name. Having said that, I must admit that Cruise’s acting fills the void in his character’s size.
In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, our hero adds two female sidekicks. That is very unusual for Reacher, who, at one point states, “I usually work alone.” His two female partners in crime fighting soften the story somewhat, adding both humor and sexual tension.
The depth of Cruise’s acting is shown in his subtle facial expressions, when he learns that his companions can actually help him catch the bad guys. Some critics say the movie lacked superhero action, but that’s the whole idea behind Jack Reacher-he’s not a superhero. He’s only one man.
The movie wasn’t really a sequel to the first, just Reacher’s continuing adventures while he travels around the country. Cathryn and I thought it did well on it’s own and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We both gave the movie a 9 out of 10.
A Devil Is Waiting (Sean Dillon #19)
by Jack Higgins
I thought this book was mediocre at best. Although this is the first Jack Higgins novel I’ve read, I have seen movies made from his books.
In considering the high praise this author has received, I was disappointed with this book. I thought the action was a bit lackluster, or maybe too predictable.
Are other readers tiring, as I am, of characters who are independently wealthy, but choose to be superheros for something to do? Honestly, I expected more.
The Escape (John Puller, #3)
by David Baldacci
I thought this was a great book with an intriguing story and interesting characters. John Puller seems more believable than Jack Reacher.
My only complaint is that it was a bit long, and could have easily been trimmed shorter by eliminating repetition. It was my first novel by this author, but it won’t be my last.