‘Wonder Woman’ smashes expectations

By Joey Bowling

Bullets fly across the screen, deflected by golden gauntlets. People are callously killed in some scenes, in others they are given a touching send off. No movie gives every character depth and expands upon their stories as wonderfully as Wonder Woman. The production is all at once heartwarming and action-packed.

Warner Bros. Pictures boasts an achievement that no other studios managed. Patty Jenkins is a female director of a superhero movie. This is a first in film history, considering no woman has ever directed a superhero movie before.

However, she also flips many common principles of female characters in media on their heads. Jenkins gives these Thymesciran Amazons back their bodies by giving them attire that is suitable for combat, rather than eye-candy. These women are a fierce race, dressing as if any moment they would step foot onto the battlefield.

Another norm she inverts is the scene in which Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is almost randomly naked, cupping his genitals after getting out of a bath. This goes against popular culture and shows viewers how awkward and unnecessary nude scenes are for developing a plot, something commonly used by male directors for female actors.

Speaking of nudity, parents should be aware that there is the scene above in the movie, as well as various innuendo throughout. One scene involves Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and Trevor on a boat talking about procreation and “pleasures of the flesh.” There is little cursing in the movie, the harshest it gets is damn.

Another point of consideration for parents is the intense scenes. In one, a main character sacrifices himself to blow up a ship filled with poisonous gas. Before that, a scientist in Germany is experimenting on people and how to most effectively kill them.

Moving on to actual movie scenes, it entertains all sorts of attendees. The fight sequences will quell the more bloodthirsty viewers, while there is a tender romantic subplot for the bleeding hearts out there.

The fight scenes are intense between Prince and German soldiers. She also carries herself triumphantly against the main antagonist Ares in the climactic fight scene.

The movie also employs a diverse cast of characters, from the black and Asian Amazonians to the Israeli lead, Gadot. The movie has been lauded as a cornucopia of diversity by critics such as Hypable and PJ Media.

Another worthy mention of the movie is its memorable quotes. An exchange between Trevor and Prince, goes as such.

Trevor leads with “I can’t let you do this.”

Prince’s passionate reply is “What I do is not up to you.” A fan favorite quote from the movie resonates with many audiences, said by Prince near the end of the film. “It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.”

Over all, Wonder Woman proves to be a home run for anyone who watches it. With quotes littered throughout like gems, and fight scenes helping to make sure the movie doesn’t stagnate, it is a titillating film for all ages.

 

 

Q&A with 2016-17 Mr. Floyd Central senior Carson Conley

By Emma Anderson

Bagpiper: What were the names of all the colleges you applied for?

Carson Conley: “I applied for Stanford University, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Columbia University.”

BP: Which college did you choose and why?

CC: “I chose Stanford University because it is still an elite university but it also is an amazing sports school in California. I can get a great education in any field at one of the top three colleges in the county while enjoying the California atmosphere. I want to take a risk and try something new.”

BP: What were all the extracurricular activities you were involved in throughout high school?

CC: “I was involved in FC Symphony Orchestra, FC Speech and Debate Team, FC Dance Marathon, Floyd County 4H, Floyd County Youth Symphony, FC National Honor Society, FC Student Council, FC Senior Executive Council, FC Swimming and Diving.”

BP: How did you manage to juggle your school work and extracurricular activities?

CC: “I juggled my time by making sure I knew where my priorities were. I had to work on whatever was the most important at the time, and I found myself doing homework at weird times and places to fit in around my activities.”

BP: Who and/or what was your biggest inspiration throughout high school and why?

CC: “My biggest inspiration was definitely my mom. She spent her entire life raising my twin brother, Cooper, and I on her own. She has always put us first and I worked so hard to make sure I did the best for myself just like she did her best for me.”

BP: What are some of your greatest accomplishments that you have achieved?

CC: “Some of my greatest accomplishments have been being a state champion in orchestra, getting into many of my top college choices, and placing in the top 50 in the nation in speech and debate. I also had many personal accomplishments like strengthening my friendships through the IB Program at FC and furthering my leadership skills in Dance Marathon and Orchestra.”

Texting while driving causes danger to teens, other drivers

By Sophie Howie

Words are known to be powerful things. They can flip perspectives and help people look past prejudices. They can stop some things and start others. They can persuade, inform, scare, build up, and break down. But the one thing words can do that they seem to do best is claim lives. Continue reading Texting while driving causes danger to teens, other drivers

Seniors look toward final week of high school

By Eleni Pappas

It is nearing that time of every school year for certain upperclassman. Not only a time of new beginnings, but sadly of goodbyes. Friends who have been together for years parted as one is headed away for graduation and college. Once again the underclassmen say farewell to their senior brethren and plan how they are to keep in touch till they themselves graduate and move beyond the high school experience. Continue reading Seniors look toward final week of high school

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