Wonder Woman (2017)
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Based on Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya
Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
I always struggle to write reviews of superhero movies as I don’t read comics & have zero knowledge of anything superhero-related beyond what I’ve seen in all the mainstream Hollywood films. I’ve watched the majority of them but I don’t obsess over them & I’m not some superfan of superheroes. They’re fun entertainment but I see them as popcorn movies. I’ve grown especially tired of the dark and dreary, too-serious types the last several years. Batman V Superman, which I watched last week in preparation for Wonder Woman, was beyond bad. I knew the reviews weren’t good, but… Wow! I still didn’t expect it to suck as much as it did.
I admit to preferring lighthearted superhero films to the serious ones (I love Guardians Of The Galaxy 1 & 2) but do enjoy the balance that current Marvel films seem to manage with serious stories that still have a sense of humor and fun to them. Wonder Woman is finally a DC film with the right balance. There was plenty of kick-ass action as well as funny moments, there were several strong characters who worked really well together, there’s a positive overall message, and Gadot is perfection. Oh! And I had fun watching it. That’s the way it should be.
I don’t want to get into the whole “sexism” debate & female-only screenings of Wonder Woman & some jerk claiming the director was only hired because she’s female & how some have said that maybe the good reviews are just because people are too scared to talk bad about the first true female superhero movie & blah blah BLAH. Who cares?! Why are people so hung up on this? A good movie is a good movie. And this is a really good movie. This is a far better movie than the majority of superhero films in recent years. And, yeah, its star happens to be a woman. Yay! It’s 2017 – it’s about f*^king time. She kicks ass as well as all the male superheroes. And she sure as shit out-acts some of them (I’m looking at those in Batman V Superman & Suicide Squad, although I’m aware that weak scripts & directing will often result in bad performances so the actors may not be 100% to blame).
I’ve not seen Gal Gadot in anything else besides BvS & wasn’t sure what to expect but she’s truly fantastic and I’m not saying that “just because I’m a woman”. I can’t fault her performance in any way. Heck, I even didn’t mind Chris Pine and he sometimes slightly gets on my nerves. I’d have preferred someone unknown in his role but he did a good job with a really likable character. There are several “sidekicks” during the WWI segment that I really enjoyed and I of course loved all the Amazon women and watching a kick-ass Buttercup train Wonder Woman for battle (Robin Wright, as Gadot’s aunt, was another very big highlight of the film).
I’ll wrap this up before I just ramble on for ages. I thoroughly enjoyed Wonder Woman. Is it perfect? No, it has some flaws. It’s definitely a little too long, especially in the middle during the WWI stuff. Other than that, though, I can’t really think of anything much more negative to say. It turns into a pretty typical superhero vs baddie showdown at the end but that’s what we want from these movies. And it’s a great showdown! Plus, with it being a female superhero doing the fighting, it did feel somewhat original this time.
Oh, I guess the only other slight negative is that I’m not sure this version of Wonder Woman will quite connect with young girls as the movie is aimed at a slightly older audience. I took my 8-year-old to it and she liked it & definitely liked the character but I do know she was a bit bored throughout the middle war segment. However, I don’t think it’s too big of a deal as I think it’s a film that young fans will grow into & like even more as they get a bit older. I don’t think it’s inappropriate for young kids (a couple “procreation” jokes will go right over their heads) – younger audiences will just lose interest a bit during certain parts of this 2 hour 21 minute film. Most importantly, though, this is a female character I’m very happy for my daughter to be seeing in a movie. Wonder Woman is strong & independent with values & beliefs she’s willing to fight for. It feels really good to know that the girls of this generation are starting to get more & more positive female role models in films but I do also hope that we can eventually stop focusing so much on gender and just enjoy a movie because it’s good or an actress because she happens to be really great in a role. There’s absolutely no reason to not take your sons to this film as well as your daughters. Surely any boy will want to see one of the best superhero films of recent years.
My Rating: 8/10
Oh! And I love Wonder Woman’s theme… 🙂
You definitely enjoyed this one more than I did, but I will agree that it certainly was a fun movie to experience. I suppose my expectations were a little too high, but why shouldn’t they be, you know?
I did! And I still love it now (wow I’m behind on replies!). : ) My expectations weren’t high, though, since recent DC stuff has been awful…
This movie was okay. My favorite super hero film will probably always be The Dark Knight. Those Batman movies were fantastic and nothing DC has done has come close to topping them in my opinion. I still haven’t watched Batman V Superman yet. I’m a huge fan of both heroes and I don’t want to be disappointed in them :).
I really liked Wonder Woman. I’m not big on the Nolan films, but that’s because I’m not a fan of the dark & dreary superhero thing. However, Batman v Superman was awful (in my opinion). Worst movie I’ve seen in quite a while. So maybe best to avoid… ; )
Gal Gadot is outstanding in this role. You can see her military training in the way she holds herself. I even like that they had all the Amazonian actors imitate her accent. It immediately took away my one problem with her. Amazonians have Israeli accents… who knew? And yes the bar was lowered because the last four DC films were shit (or is that shite?). But Wonder Woman is a great film regardless. They could have easily snipped off the prologue and epilogue BvS tie-in. In fact I wish they had. I also wish they hadn’t killed Trevor in the first movie. I would have preferred it had she just outlived him. That’s a lot more tragic. One of the major drawbacks to immortality.
I loved Gadot! I wish I was cool & sexy & Wonder Woman. I love the word Shite. And I love the tragic “outliving loved ones due to immortality” thing too. It’s why I like Highlander despite it being a bit shite. : )
We all want to be Wonder Woman. Even the guys. I liked the first Highlander movie with Connery. Never saw the TV show.
The TV show was “so bad it’s good”. Kind of. I loved it but it was cheesy.
I thought the film was great too. Yeah the run time is long but it’s great to read the kids are liking the character! I actually wish we did spent a little more time with the youngest Diana, that girl was adorable. I cannot wait to see more of Gal in this role in Justice League and hopefully the film will be closer to the level of this and not BvS
Yay! Glad you liked this too. Loved Gadot. And, yes, it would’ve been cool to see more of her young. This gives me hope for future DC films. She’s been the only good thing about the DC universe lately. : )
I need to take some time to go see this… if I get the time xD Glad to see you enjoyed it.
Zoë! Hi! Oh man – I have a good couple of months of comments to catch up on. : ( Did you manage to see Wonder Woman? I was very happy with it. Loved the character. She might save the DC universe! (Which has been awful lately). : )
Oh dear, that is going to be a lot of work hahaha. Nope, I did not get to see it. Been so hectic and busy here. I will wait for DVD, but won’t be missing War for the Planet of the Apes of Dunkirk this month though! Yeah, the DC universe has so much potential and nothing is being done with it!
I’m still catching up! Ha! I can’t wait to see War For The Planet Of The Apes. Hubby said it’s fantastic. I’ll try to go next weekend. : )
Great review! I loved it, and right now it’s my favorite movie of the year. 😀
Yay! I still love it! As I’m so behind on comments, is it STILL your favorite movie of the year? : )
Yep, it’s still the favorite so far! I’m sure Star Wars Episode VIII will end up topping it later this year 😉 but it will probably end up as No. 2 unless something else really surprises me, which can always happen.
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Thank you!! 🙂 Sorry I’m only just seeing this. Fell way behind on my blog comments. : (
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Fabulous review, I simply must see this film.
Thanks, Vinnie! : ) I’m clearly way behind on comments. Did you manage to see Wonder Woman?
Not yet. Been busy myself, though I did see The Beguiled.
Ohh. Any good? I really want to see that as I really like her films. Just watched the Eastwood original last week. : )
I found it to be excellent and a very different take on the story. I have reviewed both so when you have time to catch up, you can find them on my blog.
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