Thank goodness this film does not include transparent aircraft.

Diana (Gal Gadot) is the youngest Amazon – a tribe of warrior women created by the gods for the protection of humanity. Growing up, Diana trains harder than any of her fellow Amazonians, hoping to one day defeat Ares, the god of war. When a German World War I aircraft piloted by American spy Steven Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes into her island utopia, Diana thinks that Ares has finally come out of hiding, and is leading the German army across Europe.

Wonder Woman is a refreshing take on the increasingly tired and redundant modern superhero genre. Wonder Woman is full of glee, whimsey and… well, wonder – things that often go amiss in today’s dark-and-gritty obsessed film industry. Gal Gadot in particular is charming, perfect for the role, and a true leading actor, with the emotional range and watchability that every film’s star really should have, but often doesn’t.

Recommended for: Anyone who still wants to catch this summer’s best blockbuster.

Is there a word for a musical in which there is only one instance of a character singing?

Baby (Ansel Elgort), who is an adult despite his name, drives for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a crime ring mastermind behind countless bank robberies. But then he finds himself in the classic conundrum: he meets a girl and wants out. But his last ride gets messy when he buts heads with his violent and unpredictable co-workers (Jon Hamm, Eiza González and Jamie Foxx).

Baby Driver is the perfect combination of music, pulpy-fun and indulgent filmmaking; any degree more of either might put it overboard. While it is recognizable as an Edgar Wright film, his style has matured over the years. Baby Driver has less of the frantic feeling that you get from the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost collaborations (mind you, it’s still there, there’s just less of it). Ultimately Baby Driver is one of those movies you watch for the sake of the craft: it’s visually appealing, technically remarkable and just all-around cool. But the story is stretched thin and the characters struggle to prove that they have depth.

Recommended for: Anyone who wants to appreciate the craft of film without the psychological mind trip that typically goes along with it.

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