Movie Review: Wonder Woman is Wonderful

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Wonder Woman is Wonderful 

Wonder Woman (2017)

Genre:Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Patty Jenkins

Starring: Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine

IMDb: 8.4 of 12,368 ratings (Feels perfect to me)

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% (Sounds about right.) 7.6/10- (Little low to me, but I get it)

Opening Thoughts:

Unlike many, I have been enjoying what DC has produced thus far in its newest cinematic universe.  Not to say it hasn’t been flawed (editing and writing errors a plenty).  However, I’ve enjoyed the ride and felt there was potential for greatness in its future.

As for Wonder Woman, I wasn’t pleased that Gal Gadot won the job, but when I saw her in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), I was pleasantly surprised.  Now going into 2017, Wonder Woman was in my top five most anticipated films of the year. It retold one of my favorite storylines of Wonder Woman. I wanted this film to showcase her personality and range of powers.  I am pleased to say that this film gave me all of this and more. It blended, heart, humor, action almost to perfection.

Plot:

Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman finds herself embroiled in The Great War (World War One) in her pursuit of Ares, the god of war.

 

What I Didn’t Like

This movie didn’t have any major issues to speak of. However, there were a few slips here and there.  The editing in the film was a bit choppy during some action scenes. You could see it was cut several times. This happens in every movie, but the idea is to make it less noticeable.

The movie use of slowmo bordered on too much. It did not go overboard, but it was getting close by the end.  Slow motion was useful several times in the film and I enjoyed it, but sometimes it wasn’t needed.

Finally, the movie plays it safe. Not that it is a flaw so much, but it would have been neat to see something refreshing.  It tells the story we know and uses familiar ideas effectively. It did not astound in this manner.

They did one thing that was somewhat annoying.  It works for the film, but I would like to see that change. I don’t want to mention it because it counts as a spoiler.

What I Liked

Let’s start with the obvious. Gal Gadot is wonderful as Wonder Woman. I’m not saying she is the only person for the role, but she does play this part very well.  She captures the full range of emotion of Wonder Woman. Her strength, her personality, her style.  I think Gadot did a very nice job in this role. I hope to see much more of her in the future.

Chris Pine and Robin Wright were both sound as well. The entire cast did a fine job in their roles. No weak points in the cast.

This wasn’t a CGI fest, they used it sparingly and effectively throughout the film. Some of the sets and scenes were shot with breathtaking natural beauty.  The cinematography is wonderful, the realism of wartime London was accurate (sometimes painfully so).

The action scenes are memorable and true. They are well choreographed, beautifully shot with the right music.  Everything is directed well throughout.

The writing was surprisingly strong in this film. The funny parts were funny, the dark parts dark. When there was an emotional moment, it was allowed to be emotional.  This film was among the most balanced superhero films I have seen in a very long time.

There is a philosophy which guides these characters and much of it I found to be beautiful. It dabbles in this theoretical realm unapologetically and was better for it.  It teaches us what is at the foundation of Wonder Woman’s moral code and understanding.  We see where she comes from and why she believes as she does.  This allows for more comprehension and dare I say love of the character.

 

Conclusion:

Of the recent DC movies, this is by far the best. It is everything I wanted of Wonder Woman and then some.  A wonderful summer film filled with comedy, action, and heart (with a clever dose of philosophy added in).   If DC hopes to close the gap with Marvel, and build a strong and connected universe. They would do themselves a great justice and take notes on Wonder Woman’s script and direction. She was a symbol of heroism and hope, and once again stands for that. Both in a cinematic manner for DC, but also in a much bigger way.

The Ladder:

The Dark Knight (2008)

Wonder Woman  (2017)

Batman (1989)

Batman Begins (2005)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Batman Returns (1992)

Superman (1978)

Superman 2  (1980)

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Man of Steel (2014)

Suicide Squad (2016)

Batman Forever (1995)

Superman Returns (2006)

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Superman Three (1983)

Batman and Robin (1997)

Superman Four: Quest for Peace (1987)

 

 

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