Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Director: Patty Jenkins

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace.

Plot from Rotten Tomatoes

What The Film Did Well:

There is a lot that Wonder Woman does well. Starting with the basics, the acting in this movie is all around good. Gal Gadot portrays Diana/Wonder Woman to near perfection. She has a powerful presence from the moment she hits the screen, brings forward a wit and humor that I did not expect and does this all while adding a sense of innocence to the character of Diana. Her counterpart, Steve Trevor played by Chris Pine does another great acting job. Chris Pine was a real surprise here, as for the first part of the movie he was the better actor in my opinion. It wasn’t that his acting digressed as the movie developed, but we became or invested in the character of Diana. Gadot and Pine had great chemistry throughout the movie and made it so I genuinely cared about the character until the very end.

Another aspect of this movie that I though was executed greatly was the story. This was a true origin story through and through. It follows Diana as a little girl on Paradise Island all the way through where she begins to discover what she is capable of and what all her powers can do. In this origin story, I loved how they kept true to what the comics laid out, but built off them. It didn’t try to be too original and make up a new origin story, but it also didn’t try and copycat the comic origin story verbatim.

The final part of Wonder Woman that was done well, was it was extremely fun to watch. From the opening to the end it grabs your attention and never really lets go. It gets emotional at certain aspects of the movie and I could certainly feel that in the audience I was watching with. It’s one of only two or three movies that I have watched where a majority of the crowd gave a standing ovation at the end of the movie. There are also parts of this movie that gave me absolute chills. In particular, the part where Diana finally transforms into Wonder Woman gave me goosebumps up and down my body and was one of the best parts in a great movie.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

There is not a lot that Wonder Woman does not do well. The first thing that kind of bugged me about the movie would have to be the pacing at the beginning. The first forty-five minutes or so just was a little inconsistent in terms of speed compared to the rest of the movie. It was slipping between a fast and slow pace, while the rest of the movie progressed relatively quickly.

Another part of this movie that I did not love, would have to be the slow motion in some of the hand to hand battle scenes. A lot of time action movies and super hero movies have a slow-motion effect in fight scenes, which I have never been keen on. It always takes me out of the movie a little bit. The only positive I see from using this is it gives it more of a comic book feel when it is slowed down, but I am just not a fan of it. It does not diminish the value of the movie, just briefly took me out of it when it did happen.

Final Thoughts

Without a doubt, this movie is amazing. I give it a 8.5/10. It is the best DCEU movie to date and gives me hope they will continue to make great movies down the road, and show comfort hard core DC fans for the future. This movie is also important in a lot of ways. For women, this movie is extremely import. Wonder Woman builds on this trend in cinema of strong female characters and in my opinion does it best other than maybe Rey in Star Wars and quite possibly does it better than that. At the end of this movie there were females in the audience with teary eyes and that shows that this movie might have a bigger impact than anticipated. For girls 12-16 years old this has potential to be the first female role model that they see on screen and this Wonder Woman represents power, strength, hope and believing yourself and that is why it will be such an important character to so many young girls out there. Wonder Woman is also important because of who directed it. Patty Jenkins was the first female director with this type of budget. Ever. Jenkins absolutely delivered and will likely continue to make great movies and hopefully it opens up the door for other female directing job, the individuals are out there; they just don’t always get the same opportunities as other directors. This type of representation matters, like all representation and that is why this movie is important and delivers on so many levels.

Wonder Woman Poster

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