Box Office clash: Wonder Woman vs Sweetiee

There was a David vs Goliath matchup a few weeks ago. This week, it’s Amazon vs Sweetiee at the box office, and, hopefully, both will leave viewers entertained.

Wonder Woman

The Gal Gadot-starring drama set in World War I has drawn rave reviews from critics, who seemed almost grateful to have a decent DC Extended Universe movie to critique. After the disasters of Suicide Squad and Superman vs Batman, Warner Bros Pictures seems to have found a winning formula this time around.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 94% based on 118 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion."

The film is directed by Patty Jenkins with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg; story provided by Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs. Gal Gadot stars as the titular character with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen and Elena Anaya in supporting roles. Wonder Woman is the first live-action theatrical film based on the character, following her first live-action theatrical appearance in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In the film, American pilot Steve Trevor crashes on the island of Themyscira and tells Diana Prince about World War I, Diana leaves her home to try to stop the war and becomes Wonder Woman.

The trailers and promotional campaign have created an excellent atmosphere for the film, and audiences seem to be following the critics’ lead for once, with pre-booking sales already earning the movie USD65 million for the opening weekend.

Sweetiee Weds NRI

A lot has been said about Sweetiee Weds NRI, and the Indian media has not spared any effort to promote the low-budget comedy. The major newspapers all carried interviews with the lead stars and dissected the process of making the film in depth.

Both Himansh Kohli and Zoya Afroz are fresh faces in Indian cinema, and are almost painfully earnest in their interviews and promotional gigs.

“I was waiting for such a film. So when it came, I grabbed it with both my hands. Because earlier the film I did was quite a serious role. This one is quite fun and I wanted to do something that could connect with the youth and I could play my age onscreen,” Zoya said about the film.

The movie production team has gone all out to spread the word on the internet and social media, but given the hackneyed plot and lack of star power, the romcom seems doomed to obscurity.

The story is about Sweetie and Aakash who think everything is going fine in their love life until Sweetie’s father decided to get her married to an NRI. What begins is Aakash’s struggle to appease her family and impress the father.