TRAILERS: 4 films in UAE cinemas this week
Wonder Woman (15)
It’s a film that has certainly been a long time coming. Both in its conception – a Wonder Woman project was chewed over as far back as 1996 – and in its delivery of a female lead in a superhero film, the Penny Jenkins reboot of the day-saving she-warrior carries a lot of expectation on its shoulders. The fact that the result delivers every comicbook-turned-movie convention, revisits tropes dusted down from Superman and Captain America, and concludes in set-shredding, CGI-fuelled carnage ensures it has ticked the necessary boxes, but there is room for a surprise or two as Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) makes her full introduction into the DC cinematic universe.
The first is the context. While we first saw the shield and leather two-piece in 21st century Metropolis in Batman v Superman, she reveals them here on the battlefields of the First World War, a full century earlier. The second is the fact that they have turned her into a figure from Greek mythology – a daughter of Zeus who sleeps in a bed lined with fur. You half expect a bad stop-motion hydra to slither out from behind a Doric column.
What follows, then, is a tale of a goddess drawn out of her Mediterranean idyll and into the maelstrom of mankind by an American serviceman (Chris Pine) to try and prevent the ongoing slaughter of the trenches on the Western front. It’s all epic, popcorn-munching fun; the period sweep is certainly captivating, the locations on the Amalfi Coast beautiful and Pine charming in a way that recalls a Gallipoli-era Mel Gibson.
But you can’t help thinking that the whole spectacle would have been enhanced by reducing Gadot’s lines by about half. Which, sadly, doesn’t say too much for the film’s central motif.
In cinemas from June 1
A Family Man (G)
Gerard Butler is back in more restrained drama mode as a headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals and office powerplays. However, his workload increasingly alienates his family – in a sort of laugh-free Liar Liar way.
The Exception (18)
A German officer (Jai Courtney) is sent to Holland to determine if the British have infiltrated the home of Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer) during the onset of World War II. But when he meets a girl there, his worldview unravels. Here's a clip from the movie, as we can't show the official trailer.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams (G)
This docu-drama charts the life of one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game. Sachin Tendulkar’s rapid rise from schoolboy prodigy to record-breaking run-maker is told by the people who saw it all first-hand.
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