Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
What We Thought:
Wonder Woman is DC’s version of Captain America: The First Avenger. The story and tone are quite similar as are a lot of action sequences. In Marvel’s movie, Steve Rogers (Captain America) becomes a superhero and with his Howlin’ Commandos fights the Nazis and Red Skull. In DC’s film, Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) becomes a superhero and her team fight the Germans and their war bent leader. Each film even has a supporting character die! Wonder Woman will be seen in Justice League just as Captain America joined The Avengers.
I had very low expectations for Wonder Woman so to compare it to a Marvel film means it’s not as bad as expected. It’s watchable. I don’t know if I’d watch it again or at least any time soon, but considering I hated Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC getting a “watchable” out of me is a step in the right direction.
I’ll start with the positives first. The opening sequences on Diana’s home island are pretty cool. I didn’t like the slow-mo training scenes, but I’ll get to that later. The scenery is beautiful and you’re thinking the movie might not be DC’s typical dark and gloomy picture of late.
Chris Pine steals the film. I’ve been a fan of his for over a decade and he shines in this. He could have been one-dimensional as just the love interest or just the guy given all the one-liners, but he fights toe to toe with Wonder Woman and has great chemistry with Gal Gadot. The twist of who ends up being the bad guy wasn’t too bad. I don’t know if it makes sense and if I was really paying attention there might have been clues, but the movie is long and lost my interest at times.
Now for the negatives. As previously stated, it’s way too long. At least 20 minutes could have been cut from it. There are scenes that are completely unnecessary. You can cut a few minutes off the her trying on clothes bit. You can cut some of the scenes of her learning how bad the world is. Same for some of the German stuff. There are a bunch of errors in it on top of the long run time. Right before Steve and Diana dance after she saves a village, she puts her beer down on the left. He stands up to take her hand and her beer is in her hand and she puts it down on the right. When they go running out after her stops her from killing Erich Ludendorff (when she’s in the blue dress), he has a hat on his head that comes out of nowhere.
Then there’s that, excuse my French, goddamn slow-mo crap that has become a staple of DC Universe films. Even though Zack Snyder didn’t direct this film (Patty Jenkins did), we get the same exact slow-mo scenes we got in 300, Sucker Punch, and all of Snyder’s other films. It takes me completely out of the film especially in actions scenes. It looks completely fake because it is fake. No Gal Gadot didn’t stop in mid-air and spin her body that way, they used wires and every other trick in the book. If Wonder Woman is taking on a group of soldiers with her shield and blocking bullets with her cuffs, why are you going to slow that down? Hell you should speed it up and show her as a beast just destroying dudes. There’s a scene where she jumps up to stop a sniper and mid-air they slowed it down. Why? Why on Earth would you slow down an action sequence like that??? After they leave her home island the film does get darker in color as well. Having a darker color scheme during the middle of a war with the colors of the soldiers of that time makes some sense, but the vibrant colors of the Wonder Woman TV show and comics just isn’t there.
Wonder Woman right now is one of the most critically acclaimed comic book movies of all time. That’s a joke. I think some critics are too scared to pan the film because of a fear of a backlash against them. It’s better than DC’s recent films, but that’s not saying much. I can name you five Marvel films of late that are better than this. I can name a couple of Batman films that are better (and I personally think The Dark Knight is majorly overrated). I’d watch it again ahead of Snyder’s Superman films, but let’s not confuse “Better than recent films” with “Good” or “Great”. DC still has a long way to catch Marvel at the theater even though this film will make a decent box office.
Cast & Crew:
- Gal Gadot
- Chris Pine
- Robin Wright
- Danny Huston
- David Thewlis
- Connie Nielsen
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