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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction: When there were no “good” movies left at the theater I usually frequent, I decided to find out what was playing at other theaters.  I'm glad I did because I found Professor Marston and the Wonder Women movie. To make a long story short, I recognized the name Marston as the man behind the creation of Wonder Woman and decided to see this movie.  Would I recommend you see it?  Check out my movie review and find out.

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Rating of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

As a precaution, the Professor Marston and the Wonder Women movie is rated R, is for adult viewers and I would not recommend anyone under 17 years old see it.  GIven some of the scenes in the movie, I can see why this movie is rated R.  However, the R rating, in my opinion, does not take away from the quality of the movie content in any way.  

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Origin of Wonder Woman from Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

In my opinion, this movie got off to a slow start.  I guess the writer wanted to provide a lot of background details.  For example, initially it appeared as if the focus of the movie was going to be Professor Marston as the inventor of the lie detector machine.  However, as the movie progresses, you come to see how the lie detector machine ties in with Wonder Woman.

I did not do prior research on the creator of Wonder Woman before seeing this movie, which I think was a benefit for me.  I got to witness all the background details that forms the basis of Wonder Woman.  As an aside, Wonder Woman comics came about during the 1940’s and was a way for Professor Marston to make a living.  It was surprising to me that during that time there were other women comic book superheroes, who unfortunately were not working out well with the readers.  This all changed with Wonder Woman, even though there were turbulent periods including the time when Wonder Woman comic books were actually burned due to the controversy surrounding their origin.  However, this phase was short-lived.

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Believability of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

The actors in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women played their roles  well.  There were no highly dramatic parts of the movie that would test an actor’s ability to act.  In fact you may find yourself checking out the outfits that everyone was wearing at that time sometimes instead of following what was going in the movie scenes -- especially during the slow parts of the movie.

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The Good of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

For the most part, this movie had plenty of good parts which in my opinion outweighed the bad. I believe the movie had a well-crafted storyline which was told in such a way that it gradually led you to how Wonder Woman evolved.  I also liked the lighting throughout the movie that gave it an old 1940’s vibe.  As a result, when you watched Professor Marston and the Wonder Women you were almost transported back to that time.  There were other good parts of the movie as well, including the script and the scenery.

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The Bad of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Even though I know why the title refers to “Wonder Women” instead of “Wonder Woman”, I think the name of the movie could have been more specific and titled Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman since in essence, Wonder Woman is who the movie is about.  Another bad attribute of this movie was failing to showcase Wonder Woman’s bracelets more, especially since they are used as one of her strong defenses. Spoiler alert: There was also a disconnect between when the movie started with Professor Marston narrating what happened, to the conclusion when it seemed like the interview just tapered off, instead of continuing to the end of the movie. However, there were scrolling narrative when the movie ended detailing more about Professor Marston and others.


Assessment of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women was based on a true story which was told well and in a tasteful fashion.  I got the impression that some of the scenes may have been made up to push the story along, however, in making movies, sometimes this has to be done.  To answer my earlier question of if you should see this movie -- the answer is "yes" if you are 17 years old or older.

Rating of Professor Marson and the Wonder Women

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Professor Marston and the Wonder Women 4 ½ stars.

The Mountain Between Us - A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to The Mountain Between Us - A Ms. H Movie Review

Instead of sand, surf and sun, some movies are using the harsh cold, snowy landscape as an environmental backdrop.  This is the case for the movie The Mountain Between Us.  After seeing several coming attractions of The Mountain Between Us in the movie theaters, I decided it may be worth my time to see how the main characters played by Idris Elba and Kate Winslet got out of their predicament.  Would you be satisfied with the outcome of this movie?  Check out my movie review of The Mountain Between Us and find out.

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Premise of The Mountain Between Us

This movie is about two strangers who are going to the same or close to the same location; however, all of the outgoing commercial flights are booked.  Kate Winslet approaches the stranger (Idris Elba) and offers to help him by charting a private plane.  Ok...let’s stop right here.  I know this is a movie, but movies should sometimes try to reflect real life.  Personally, I do not see this happening.  In all likelihood, Kate Winslet would have chartered the plane on her own, without having a partner, unless she was strapped for money and needed help paying for the plane.  However, this was not evident in the movie.  Out of the clear, blue sky, for some reason Kate Winslet decided to share a chartered plane with a stranger, I guess out of the goodness of her heart.


Realism of The Mountain Between Us

In addition to the scenario I described previously as to how Kate Winslet and Idris Elba met, there were numerous other scenes in the movie that may give you pause.  For example, there is a scene where a wild cat or tiger enters the downed plane while injured Kate Winslet is helpless with Idris Elba nowhere to be found.  No worries.  All she had to do was to use a flare weapon to completely destroy the wild cat or tiger. Interesting enough,  for some reason the wild cat allowed the pet dog to survive with just an injured ear. Go figure.  By the way, this scene would have been more frightening if the altercation with the wild cat or tiger took place at night instead of during the day.

Other unrealistic scenes in the movie involve Kate Winslet gaining superhuman strength when Idris Elba becomes caught in a bear trap. Previously, she was so weak, she was being dragged on a makeshift rolling cot.  Again no worries.  All she had to do was to quickly get her strength back,  run down the mountain and miraculously meet a truck driver and ask for help.

The problem with The Mountain Between Us movie was everything happened so conveniently, that probably would not happen in real life.  I also marveled at the fact that Idris Elba was in a plane crash and did not have a scratch, not even a small bruise from the crash. Additionally, I wonder where did he get his wide array of clothing since they were stranded with no stores around.

There were several other unrealistic scenes in the movie as well.  For instance, after three or more weeks of not having a regular meal, it would seem to me that I would see some hint of weight loss in at least one of the characters.  However, just like magic, they stayed the same weight throughout the whole movie from beginning to end.

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Misleading Trailer of The Mountain Between Us

When I watched the coming attraction of The Mountain Between Us, there was a scene where Kate Winslet slips on shallow ice and falls beneath the surface.  The scene that was shown in the trailer shows Idris Elba screaming her name loudly while the movie screen pans out to show the great expanse of snow before him. When I saw this scene, I wondered how he would locate her since there was so much snow-covered land around him.  Again, no worries.  Spoiler Alert:  If you see this movie, you will realize that he knows exactly where she was because a few minutes prior, they were sitting together on a log near where she fell.  So when she fell in the icy water, Idris Elba knew where to find her.  I call this a bait and switch coming attraction shown to draw people in to see a scene that really did not happen as shown in the trailer.

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Other Missed Opportunities for The Mountain Between Us

There were plenty of missed opportunities for the director to make this movie into one worthy of an oscar nod; instead The Mountain Between Us seemed like a Lifetime movie.  The writer and director could have exploited the fact that they were out on the snowy mountain alone, with noone knowing their whereabouts. Instead, what happened was conveniently, they found cozy cave out of nowhere, then a small cabin, then as I mentioned earlier, Kate Winslet conveniently met the truck driver. In other words, the writer and director could have had something very dramatic happen in the movie to give it more depth.

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Assessment of The Mountain Between Us

In my opinion, there was nothing in the movie that stood out to me.  The story in a nutshell is they got a chartered private flight, the plane crashed, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and the dog survived, they found shelter and eventually found someone to help them out.  That was the whole movie.  I recommend the writer take a look at the movie The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and take some pointers to find out how to make The Mountain Between Us worthy to spend your hard-earned money to see. In short, I was not a fan of The Mountain Between Us since there were many contrived events to ensure the movie ended well for the main characters.

Ranking of The Mountain Between Us

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rank The Mountain Between Us 1 ¾ stars.

American Made: A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction:  In the R rated movie American Made, actor Tom Cruise demonstrates that sometimes less is more.  American Made is a small movie that does not have a lot of explosions, car chases, or even airplane flying antics -- but surprisingly, it was not a fail.  Here's  why Tom Cruise was in his element when he starred in the movie American Made.

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Movie Trailer for American Made

If you watch the American Made movie, it may not have made an impact upon you one way or the other regarding whether it was good or bad. Before seeing American Made, I thought it was just a down-home type of human interest story and that Tom Cruise was taking a break from the high action movies he is becoming known for. However, don’t let the lack-luster movie trailer fool you.  American Made was a movie that gave Tom Cruise an avenue to show that he still can make an impression when to comes to making low action movies.

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Top Gun Movie Vibes in American Made

If you saw Top Gun, you may think of this movie when you see Tom Cruise flying planes -- even though his mission is not heroic in the least.  It was all about a way to make a buck albeit, illegally at first. However, when you see the movie American Made, you may still think of the Top Gun Tom Cruise piloting his plane and walking away from his plane cradling his helmet under his arm.

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Acting Abilities Displayed in American Made

Tom Cruise has a low-key acting type role in American Made; however, surprisingly, it actuallly worked for him. He was portraying a real-life person who performed shady as well as a few admirable actions in the movie.  Of course, what he was doing was highly illegal at first, however, he played this character in such as way that the movie audience got to know more about this person and his dealings. In addition to the serious acting involved, there were several humorous parts in American Made that brought light periodic laughter from the movie audience.  Overall, the acting in this movie was not spectacular, but it was adequate for what the movie was about.

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Assessment of American Made

One may think that American Made was like a working vacation for Tom Cruise.  Unlike his Mission Impossible, Jack Reacher and other action-adventure packed movie series, he could take it easy so to speak in this role.  After seeing the disappointing movie The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, I think it was smart for him to follow this movie closely with American Made.  Even with all the CGI and special effects in The Mummy, I think American Made left a bigger impression with the movie audience.

Rating of American Made

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate American Made 3 stars.

Check out Ms. H movie review of The Mummy here.


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