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Wonder Woman 1984 review

By Tharishi Hewavithanagamage

The sequel to 2017’s ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ (WW84) is the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Director Patty Jenkins returns for the sequel, with a script by David Callaham and DC Comics writer Geoff Johns. The sequel focuses on the heroine’s second adventure, set in 1980s America, and introduces an array of new characters into the Wonder Woman universe. The cast brings back Gal Gadot, who reprises her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen among others.

It’s the year 1984. Diana (Gal Gadot) is living in Washington D.C., and working at the Smithsonian Institution as an anthropologist. She is still committed to her superhero duties, but chooses to avoid having any emotional attachments. Things change when she meets the awkward and clumsy Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) at the Smithsonian and the two strike up an unlikely friendship as they bond over a shipment of antiquities.

Events escalate as one particular artifact, revealed as the ‘Dreamstone,’ begins granting wishes to those who come into contact with it, starting with Diana and Barbara. When businessman Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), who has previous knowledge of the stone gets his hands on the artifact, his ambitious nature brings cataclysmic consequences. Diana is faced with defeating Maxwell Lord and the newest addition to her list of enemies-Cheetah, while struggling to let go of her attachment to her long-dead boyfriend Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).

Wonder Woman 1984 tells a more heartfelt and human story in comparison to its predecessor. The film speaks of human emotions like love, and touches on themes of hope and faith, which feels very significant in light of our current reality. Audiences and fans have seen Diana/ Wonder Woman as a woman who is strong and resilient in the face of danger, but this movie takes on a different angle and shows that she too has vulnerabilities and is not devoid of emotions. Having lived alone since her journey through World War I, Diana is no stranger to loneliness, but Steve’s appearance helps her gain a sense of warmth and love that she has longed for, for many years. In contrast to Steve and Diana, Minerva and Maxwell are characters that depict a more hostile and power-hungry nature of humanity.

The combination of the four characters are unfortunately dwarfed by a weak plot. The plot fails to transfer the bond Diana and Minerva share in the comics. Minerva’s sudden and strange role reversal, where she simply appears more chic and more Diana-like after a few changes of clothes, is just bad character development, although her performance as Cheetah is spectacular and unmatched. The plot also leaves some unanswered questions, like what becomes of the ‘Dreamstone’ towards the end of the story, and why bring in just a small snippet of Themyscira and the Amazons.

The story grows more tangled as the central relationships are overshadowed by scenes of Diana and Steve globetrotting while Maxwell twitches his way to achieve his murkily defined objectives. If a bad plot wasn’t enough, the CGI is sure to shock audiences. Wonder Woman 1984 boasts epic CGI fight scenes, although there are only scenes with very apparent CGI and the ungodly-looking creature form of Cheetah that appears in the third act of the film. Despite the plot holes and CGI flops, the movie manages to piece the tale together and whisk audiences away from their worries through a 151-minute runtime, with a cool ‘80s vibe and messages of love and hope, and some badass fight scenes.

The entirety of the story builds on Gal Gadot’s character and she lives up to her role. Gadot plays a fully-fledged superhero in comparison to her performance in the previous movie. The Wonder Woman she plays here is a heroine who is more comfortable with her powers and strength. Gadot’s performance is unparalleled as she taps into the emotional side of the titular character, and shows multiple layers throughout the film. Chris Pine plays the perfect fish-out-of-water as he humorously gets a crash-course about the ‘80s. His presence brings out Diana’s emotions and vulnerabilities. Gadot and Pine showcase their flawless chemistry on the big screen, and it’s very heartwarming to see the pair together again. The newest villains, played by Wiig and Pascal are formidable foes. Wiig’s performance as Cheetah is powerful and energetic, while Pascal plays the perfect charismatic and amoral businessman gone down the wrong path. Patty Jenkins has been candid about drawing inspiration from former US President Donald Trump. In fact, Pascal’s resemblance in the movie to pictures of a younger Trump is uncanny. But the script doesn’t allow the villains room to unleash their full potential.

In the end, Wonder Woman 1984 delivers on a new superhero experience with the added emotional storyline, but fails to keep it well-rounded. Regardless of the flops, it’s interesting to have Jenkins and her team explore Wonder Woman’s many storylines and it’s equally exciting to have her archenemy enter the big screen. Wonder Woman 1984 is breathe of fresh air and epitomizes optimism and hope necessary to get through the situation in the reality of our world. A sequel is already in the works, and audiences hope to explore more timelines and new characters in the coming years with Wonder Woman.

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To recognise and reward Women Entrepreneur



by Zanita Careem

WCIC “Prathibhabis-heka” national awards will be given to outstanding women entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka and the SAARC said Anoji de Silva, the chairperson of Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce WCIC at a press conference held at the Jetwing hotel Ward PlaceThis year the Women Entrepreneur Awards 2022 is powered by DFCS Aloka.This National Award which is recognised globally will help women to market their products to international buyers

“As a country we have faced many difficulties over the last few years. Now this is the time to reflect and ensure that local women can contribute and progress to be on par with international entrepreneurs She also noted that this award ceremony is a great opportunity for all since it’s an absolutely empowering platform. “You hear success stories of women from different walks of life and it’s very empowering and inspiring. I’m sure that the younger generation of women who will watch the ceremony wii be inspired to be sucessful entrepreneurs in the future S

“Our women entrepreneurs have the potential to help our economy to grow. They have made vast strides to build companies on a set of values and they have created diverse working environments.

The WCIC Prathibhabisheka Women Entrepreneur Awards will be held in January 22. To the question how financial records of small businesses headed by women could deter their ability to apply the chairperson said.

“We have a startup category which is under five years where they can submit documents for consideration. She responded “These women can apply but must submit proper records to back their applications or else they will be rejected wholeheartedly.The Women Entrepreneur Awards 2022

“Prathibha” depicts excellence in Sanskrit and WCIC will showcase the excellence of outstanding women entrepreneurs through WCIC Prathibhabisheka –

“The relaunched property is structured to assess the businesses in a holistic manner. We invite outstanding women entrepreneurs, especially the ones who have braved the challenges in the past years to share their story of resilience and achievements to compete for the coveted – WCIC Prathibhabisheka The Awards will honour women entrepreneurs for their tenacity to scale and grow, and for their contribution and impact on the economy. Whilst the competition is primarily for Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs, we have also included an opportunity for women in the SAARC region to compete in a special category” stated Anoji De Silva, the Chairperson of the WCIC.

The members of WCIC Ramani Ponnambalam and Tusitha Kumarakul-asingam, said”. We will be accepting applications under the categories – Start-up, Micro, Small, Medium and Large. Each category will have a specified revenue for the year under review – 2021/22. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented for each category. With the view to identify and promote regional women entrepreneurs, we will encourage applications from all the provinces in the country and select the “Best of the Region” from each province.

The women will also be considered for the coveted special awards – Young Woman Entrepreneur, Outstanding Start- up, Most Positively Abled Woman Entrepreneur, The Most Outstanding Export Oriented Entrepreneur, The Best of the SAARC Region. The ceremony will culminate with the selection of the “Women Entrepreneur of the year -2022”.

“The entry kit can be downloaded from and completed and submitted to the WCIC along with all the material required to substantiate the applicant’s story. Entries close on the 31st of October.” stated Tusitha Kumarak-ulasingam.

WCIC Prathibabisheka – Woman Entrepreneur Awards 2022 is powered by– DFCC Aloka, as the Platinum Sponsor, with Gold Sponsors – Mclarens Group, LOLL Holdings Plc, Hayleys Leisure Pic, and AIA Insurance Lanka Ltd (Exclusive Insurance Partner), Silver – Finez Capital Ventures Print and Social Media Partners will be the Wijeya Group and Electronic Media Partner–ABC Network with Triad as our Creative Partner and Ernst & Young as Knowledge Partner.

Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) is the premier organization supporting entrepreneurs and professional business-women. The membership is open to women who believe they can contribute to society as well as benefit from the many facilities the organization creates. WCIC Prathibhasheka is relaunched this year as a flagship property, to recognize and reward outstanding women enterpreneurs who make a contribution to the SL economy.

For further information Contact- Janitha Stephens – 0766848080

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Marmalade sandwich in Queen’s handbag!



In this period of national mourning, it may seem frivolous to comment on the late Queen’s handbag. After seven decades of selfless service to the nation, fashion is but a footnote to Her Majesty’s glorious reign.And yet her style is something that helped to create the powerful majestic image of Queen Elizabeth II, and which made her instantly recognisable worldwide. A key part of that image, and a constant presence in her working life, was her black Launer handbag.

Launer London was Her Majesty’s handbag maker for more than 50 years and has held the Royal Warrant since 1968. Launer bags are formal and structured, and proved to be the ideal regal accessory for public engagements. Its first royal patronage came from HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in the 1950s. Where others might have bought the latest ‘It’ bag, Queen Elizabeth exercised characteristic restraint with her handbags throughout her life, focusing on quality over quantity in her loyalty to Launer.

Her Majesty was known for her love of colour in her working wardrobe, wearing rainbow brights in order to be better seen by the public, but her accessories were always muted. Black mostly, sometimes beige or white in summer, gold or silver in the evening: neutrals that matched with every colour, allowing her to dress with ease. The timeless style of her trusty Traviata top-handle bag suited the Queen’s no-nonsense nature and symbolised her steadfast reign. The late Baroness Thatcher shared the Queen’s love of a strong top handle from classic British labels such as Launer and Asprey. These bags helped promote a look of someone in control. Like Queen Elizabeth, Thatcher’s handbags were such a part of her identity that they have earned their own special place in history and have been described as the former PM’s ‘secret weapon’. One such bag has been exhibited at the V&A alongside Sir Winston Churchill’s red despatch box. Both are artefacts of cultural and historic importance.

It has been said that there was another purpose to the Queen’s handbag on public engagements, namely that she used it as a secret signalling device. According to royal historian Hugo Vickers, Her Majesty would switch the bag from her left arm to her right to signal for an aide to come to her rescue if she tired of the conversation in which she was engaged. If she placed the bag on the table, this was a sign that she wanted to leave. Ever-practical, HM needed a bag that focused on functionality over fashion, choosing styles with slightly longer top handles that comfortably looped over the monarch’s arm, freeing her hands to accept bouquets and greet the public. Even in her final photograph, meeting her 15th prime minister in her sitting room at Balmoral Castle, just two days before her death last week, the Queen’s handbag can be seen on her left arm. Perhaps at this stage it was part armour, part comfort blanket.Even at the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II did not lose her ability to surprise. She delighted the public by taking tea with Paddington Bear at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations and finally revealed what she keeps in her handbag: a marmalade sandwich, ‘for later’.

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Cinnamon Grand, Colombo welcomes You to the SEQUEL



The next best thing in Colombo!

What would you get if you took the decadence of yesterday and paired it with the flavours of right now? Something bold and jazzy or rich and snazzy. Something we’d like to call the next best thing. All this and more at Cinnamon City Hotels to the SEQUEL at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo said a press release.

The release said the SEQUEL is where the old meets new, where charm meets sophistication and having a good time gets a new meaning. Colombo’s latest speakeasy cocktail bar is ready to welcome the discerning guest that is looking for that perfectly curated night.

“The SEQUEL will be a novel addition to Colombo’s nightlife catered to enthralling guests with our performances and showmanship,” said Kamal Munasinghe, Area Vice-President, Cinnamon City Hotels.

What do we mean when we say performance? It means that every little detail is tailored to those who appreciate elegance, and a bespoke experience like no other. Think walking into a vintage space accompanied by the sounds of Sinatra and Fitzgerald inviting you to do it your way or for once in your life. Think of the soul-searching and eclectic mix of Winehouse classics that you can drown your sorrows in.

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