Related imageLast week I went to a local Vue cinema to sit in comfy, reclining chairs and to see Wonder Woman starring the incredible Gal Gadot.

I thought it was inspiring, and funny, and poignant. Each of the character's was carefully planned and brilliantly acted. I adored Chris Pine and Gal Gadot's chemistry and their relationship. He was so sweet and she was so ... I don't even quite know where to begin with Diana. I think the writers wrote their romance really well. I see why it went the way it did, but I wish it didn't (that might not make the most sense, but I'm trying not to include any spoilers)!

Image result for wonder woman and steveWonder Woman herself is iconic and powerful, she has her beliefs and I think her confidence in herself is something we should all try and replicate. They did a really good job of making her a role model for people, both men and women, everywhere. Her realisation at the end was important too, and even though it has been done time and time again, it fitted with her character and the situation. In today's world with everything that is going on, I think the message of love is extra important.

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I think a character that is probably overlooked a lot is Etta Candy (Lucy Davis), Steve Trevor's (Chris Pine) assistant. She is funny, and sweet. When Steve suggests Diana (Wonder Woman) puts on glasses, Etta brilliantly responds "A pair of glasses, and suddenly she's not the most beautiful woman you've ever seen?" She reacts so well to all the weird things that she is faced with, I love her!

Related imageMy one disappointment is that Chris Pine was an American working for the British Secret Service and there was no explanation for that, and there were very few British characters who were actually good. I think it's great that Britain is being used in films and that more British actors are able to break into Hollywood, but a few more good English characters would have been fab.

I have to say that when I watched the previous DC film 'Batman v Superman' I felt it was a bit dark and missing a bit of something, but with this film they reignited my interest in the whole superhero franchise. It was light and funny when it could be, and dramatic at other times - it went through the full spectrum of emotions brilliantly.

If you get a chance to see it, I would take up that opportunity. Even if you're not a big fan of superhero movies I would still go and see this because it's a bit of everything, it's got something for everyone.

Have a wonderful week, let me know what you think!

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I have to admit that I'm a fan of a good old murder mystery, and I'm in good company with some excellent books coming out! I have to say I'm very much looking forward to JK Rowling's next book in the Cormoran Strike series. If you want, you can take a look at my reviews of the Rowling's series here is the link for the first: ( and the second book (!

So here are three crime recommendations for you to savour this summer:

1. Miss Fisher Mysteries
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Miss Fisher's Mysteries (picture from Film Blerg)
This Australian TV series caught my eye recently and I believe you can watch the full series on Netflix, it is set in the 20s and it is a series you can really just settle into. I like the main character - I warm to her inquisitive ways and the confidence that oozes out of her. Essie Davis who plays Phryne Fisher, plays her awfully well. Watch this if you like your murder served with wonderful costumes and comedy.

2. Stephanie Plum
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This is an old favourite of mine - it's got me through some stressful times as you know it's going to work out in the end (or will it?)! The main character chaotically stumbles into cases as a bounty hunter with the added romantic interest of scary (but protective) Ranger (of RangeMan inc.) and police officer Morelli. A while ago I did an interview with the New York Times author herself which was possibly one of the greatest things I've ever done and you can read it here... Each book is individual and to a certain extent stand alone, but I would recommend reading them in order to get the most of it.

3. Death in Paradise
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So I was caught for this third recommendation, I've recently started reading 'Mystery Man' by Bateman which has had me laughing out loud, but in the end I had to go for Death in Paradise. The sunny island weather makes this program always seem jolly (despite the subject matter). There have been a number of changes in cast, but each new detective has brought their own charm and added to the program. I have to say I was most upset when Camille Bordey left!

So here are my top three recommendations, let me know if you have any recommendations for me - I would love to hear!

Have a wonderful week!