Ho-Ho-Ho Silver Screen Write-Up readers! Christmas is fast approaching and Santa is readying his reindeer. The festive season is notoriously a time for watching movies, and with the ever-growing number of recent and coming releases it is hard to know what is and is not worth getting. With this in mind, we thought we’d go straight to the source and ask Santa himself which films have made the nice list this year.
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Santa is very fond of strong women. Over 60% of my elf workforce is female, nearly all of my reindeer are female (with the exception of Dasher and Cupid), and of course there is my darling wife Mrs. Claus.
Pappy Nick, my father, came from an era of the old boys club, but he always taught me to respect and admire our sisters in arms, so when I heard that Wonder Woman was getting her own movie, I was very excited, and the end results did not disappoint.
I must say that I was initially taken back by all these beautiful people prancing about on screen and worried that this might become the Grey’s Anatomy of DC’s cinematic universe – all about sex and drama. Thankfully, like a good warm glass of milk, everything settled wonderfully and quickly filled my soul with a satisfying glow. (NOTE: Grey’s Anatomy is a very popular show up here in the North Pole, so frankly I’d have enjoyed myself either way. Shonda, is definitely on the nice list.) Gal Gadot delivers a mesmerising performance as Diana, daughter of queen Hippolyta and goddess of justice. Director Patty Jenkins has done a marvellous job of making a film that is empowering and bold, yet funny and sweet. From the graceful action scenes on Themyscira to Danny Houston’s ludicrously OTT villain Ludendorff, I was in comic book Valhalla. I did find the uneven CGI a little distracting and one of my all time faves David Thewlis was woefully underutilised as Sir Patrick, but I had lots of fun all the same.
I enjoyed Wonder Woman so much, that I even stuck around to watch the gorgeous array of special features. Personal faveurite? Watching Patty Jenkins bring her vision of Wonder Woman to life (although I must say, I think our chief Elf would give Lindy Hemming a run for her money when it comes to exquisette garments!).
Wonder Woman is a blu-ray that is without a doubt on my nice list this Christmas season. In fact, I need to get my Elfs to build me a 4K blu-ray player so next time I can watch the 4K version of the film and enjoy every glorious detail!
Santa’s Rating: 4 mince pies
Release: Out Now
Format: BR / DVD / DGTL
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. 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.