“Wonder Woman” REVIEW

**No Spoilers for Wonder Woman**

 

After the disappointment of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the abysmal trash that is Suicide Squad, it was hard to get excited about Wonder Woman. Sure, the trailer looked amazing, but so did the trailer for Suicide Squad. Wonder Woman WAS one of the better parts in BvS, so it could be a good movie. There was definitely some potential for a good movie here.

I can now say with a smile on my face, Wonder Woman is the best DC movie since The Dark Knight. It is an enjoyable breath of fresh air amidst the recent garbage we have received from DC in recent years. The movie separates itself from the others both in time and in tone. The movie takes place during World War I and uses it as a backdrop for exploring Wonder Woman’s character. As someone who is not human, she has an interesting perspective when looking at the war. It adds a lot of personality to both her and the movie as a whole. The movie is never “dark” or “gritty” during the war sequences. The movie is actually very hopeful and feels like a true SUPERHERO film.

Gal Gadot is great in her biggest role yet. You can tell just how much she actually cares about this character. Her passion really shines in this movie! The first time Diana truly embraces her powers and acts out as Wonder Woman is one of the greatest superhero sequences ever. It’s a powerful statement of just how incredible and powerful she really is, and it’s beautiful to watch. I got choked up, because I was so happy that I was actually watching a WONDER WOMAN movie. I just kept saying to myself during that scene:

“That’s Wonder Woman! Wonder Woman is actually in her own movie and she is kicking butt right now! This is so awesome!”

I’ve never had a big attachment to the character growing up, but seeing a good female-lead superhero movie for the first time was pretty neat!

The action in this movie was pretty entertaining to watch. The use of normal fights transitioning to slow-motion fights was a nice touch. You could actually tell what was going on throughout the punches and kicks. I love it when you can actually follow and understand the action in a fight scene. Some of the fight scenes used fully-digitally characters that were very obvious. It wasn’t pretty.

It’s not a perfect movie. The villains in this film are pretty bad, but not in a good way. They are some of the cheesiest bad guys I have seen in a superhero film. Every scene they are in is full of cliché villain moments. It was irritating to watch. The final fight is also pretty dumb. It is way too over-the-top, especially since the fight scenes before it where very grounded. There are some really touching moments during the finale, but it was surrounded by a giant mess of CGI and wasn’t very effective.

This movie does add something new to the DCEU: Humor. There are plenty of funny moments sprinkled throughout this film. Chris Pine was hilarious in this movie and was a very likeable character overall. Both characters have some great “fish-out-of-water” moments when exposed to the other’s way of life. Because of their differing viewpoints, the dialogue between Diana and Steve is both hilarious and clever. It was a huge relief to actually laugh and smile throughout a DC movie.

Wonder Woman was my last hope. If this movie wasn’t good, I was going to quit to DCEU. Thankfully, this movie was a solid step in the right direction. I looking forward to the sequel and seeing more of Wonder Woman in Justice League. I still don’t think the worst is behind us. I have some real concerns for the next Batman movie and future installments of the DCEU. But right now I’m going to celebrate DC’s success. Thank you Patty Jenkins for directing one of the best DC movies of all time! I’m going to give Wonder Woman a GREAT out of 10.

What did you think of Wonder Woman?

Let me know down below!

Thanks for reading!

-Manny 🙂

 

**My next review will be on It Comes at Night**

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