Super Hero origin movies usually come in three parts. Part One – our Hero is in a world of their own and just beginning to learn that they have some unusual powers. Part Two – an urgent mission arrives and our Hero must go and save the world while still learning and growing in their powers. Part Three – an overdrawn battle scene must take place between our Hero and some bulked up nemesis. Unfortunately, Wonder Woman follows this three part storyline. Parts one and two are wonderful with great acting from Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. However, part three makes your face hurt and you start to realize that the theater seats are not as comfy as you thought they were. Oh well, 2/3rds of a movie being great are better than nothing.
It was a nice, cloudy, cool day in Austin for the AVP to have their finals. The women’s and men’s favorites won their matches as the packed stadium cheered them on. April Ross and Whitney Pavlik won $15,000 in the women’s bracket, and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena did the same in the men’s bracket. I think Phil Dalhausser is still my favorite volleyball player, with him winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with partner Todd Rogers as my favorite memory. It is so much fun to see all the volleyball professionals play live in the stadium. Catch them on tour this summer if you have the opportunity.
For me, this Alien movie was best when it was at its most basic – humans making poor decisions and aliens using their awesome powers to wreak havoc. These scenes brought me back to the greatness of the original film by Ridley Scott. If you are a fan of the series, then this installment shouldn’t be missed in a theater.
Shakespeare in the Park is always fun in Austin. The Comedy of Errors is also a good play to watch as the sun sets on the Zilker Hillside Theater and the cool night air begins to set in. This play can be seen through May 28th if you find yourself near Austin.
The band Vallejo took the stage at this afternoon’s BBQ Cook-Off at Brushy Creek and proceeded to rock the place. This is nothing unusual for these guys.