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Wonder Woman | Average Guy Movie Review

In her first solo outing, we get to see Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman save humanity for the first time. After growing up on the hidden island paradise of Themyscira, Diana, Princess of the Amazons witnesses a plane crash off the coast. From the wreckage she pulls Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an American spy on the run from the Germans. When the pursuing Germans arrive at Themyscira, the Amazons are exposed to a war that spans the globe. Convinced that Ares is responsible, Diana heads off in search of the God of War so she can kill him and restore peace.


At this point you may be thinking: do I need to see another superhero origin story? Well probably not, but do we really "need" any movie? Wonder Woman is the fourth movie in the DCEU and according to many, the first to get the tone right. Despite being set during one of our darkest periods in history, Patty Jenkins still manages to bring humour to the proceedings. It really is a fish out of water story for both Diana and Steve. F…

Denial | Average Guy Movie Review

Denial tells the story of Deborah Lipstadt, an American writer and historian who was sued for libel by David Irving - a self-proclaimed "Hitler historian" - when she declares him a Holocaust Denier in one of her books. The movie is based on Lipstadt's book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. The movie begins in 1996 when Irving files the lawsuit and follows the story through to the hearing in early 2000.


Directed by Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard, Volcano), Denial stars Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt, Timothy Spall as Irving, Tom Wilkinson as Lipstadt's Barrister, Richard Rampton and Andrew Scott as her Solicitor, Anthony Julius. Stunning performances are delivered by all, especially considering the subject matter. But it's Spall who truly deserves the most credit, he does a masterful job in bringing this despicable character to life without making him feel cartoonish. The scene where Rampton cross examines Irving is definitely one to watch out for.…

Black Panther Teaser Trailer

The first teaser for Marvel Studios' Black Panther has landed and it certainly fuels curiosity. After an explosive entry into the MCU in Captain America: Civil War last year, things are looking good for T'Challa's first solo outing.

Directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler, the movie follows the events of Civil War. T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to Wakanda as king, but his reign is soon challenged by Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger, a Wakandan exile. Also involved - somehow - is Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), a smuggler interested in Wakanda's vast resources. In order to combat this threat, T'Challa will team up with CIA agent - and head of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center - Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) and the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces responsible for protecting the king.

The trailer doesn't give very much away. Everything looks great, Coogler and his team seem to have combined the styles of sleek Marvel tech and tribal Africa. …

Black Panther Poster

Today the first poster for Marvel Studios' Black Panther movie was released. The poster sees T'Challa - dressed in his Black Panther suit - sitting on the Wakandan throne.

Disney released a statement regarding the movie's synopsis:
Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king - and Black Panther - is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the whole world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of the Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.This little tease comes just hours before Marvel is due to release the first teaser trailer, whi…

The LEGO Batman Movie: Average Guy Movie Review

After appearing in 2014's The LEGO Movie as a supporting character, Will Arnett's Batman takes centre stage in The LEGO Batman Movie. With Batman continually refusing help from everyone, insisting he only works alone and needs no-one, those around him begin to feel unappreciated...including the Joker! As a result, the new commissioner considers a Gotham without Batman, and Joker (Zach Galifianakis) goes to new levels to prove himself Batman's greatest enemy.


Much like its predecessor, The LEGO Batman Movie is incredible to watch. The animation is stunning from start to finish. Everything in this Lego world looks buildable, Chris McKay and his team have definitely earned the title of 'Master Builders'. And this world is full of hilarious references to Batman and the extended DC universe. Many of them are hidden within the vast and impressive caverns of the Batcave, including every Batmobile the Dark Knight has ever driven. There's a brilliant tribute to previous …