WONDER WOMAN Movie Review Smashes Expectations and More
It has been a long time coming but the world finally has a live action WONDER WOMAN film. It was long overdue but thankfully it was well worth the wait. WONDER WOMAN is by far the most solid entry in the DC Cinematic Universe and possibly one of the best superhero movies ever made. The story is epic and the action is fast and fierce. The movie felt like an instant classic which I think is fitting for such an iconic and timeless character.
The Amazonian Princess made her big screen debut in last year’s BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and it was immediately clear to me that Gal Gadot was a fantastic choice Princess Diana of Themyscira. Gal’s performance in BVS was a highlight of the movie for me. After seeing her performance in WW is clear that Gal is passionate about the character and understands the intricacies of her personality. She amazingly portrayed a strong warrior while maintaining a sense of naivety about the human world. It was a genius performance that made Diana more sympathetic without ever looking weak. Gal Gadot IS WONDER WOMAN. She embodies the role in a way I can’t imagine anyone else accomplishing.
The movie tells two very different fish out of water stories. The first involving pilot Steve Trevor (ChrisPine) crashing on the mystical island of Themyscira and the second being Diana in the human world. This provided some surprising humor that felt honest and genuine. The humor is great and it’s spread throughout the movie while steering clear of cliché one liners and slapstick. The chemistry between Diana Prince and Steve Trevor was unlike anything I would expect out of the superhero genre. Their connection felt very real and I found myself really invested in their relationship immediately.
The supporting cast was all fantastic. Steve’s rag tag team all felt like fully fleshed out characters with depth and personality. The villains were interesting and their evil motivations were very clear and made sense. The use of these villains provided for some interesting story beats that I did not see coming. Once again… all of this is really refreshing in a genre known for CGI battles, Easter eggs and set ups for future franchises.
This is so much more than just a light, fluffy superhero action block buster. This is such a character driven film. Each role felt perfectly cast and the characters were fleshed out and genuine. Nothing feels forced about this story. Wonder Woman’s character development feels natural and authentic. She sees the horrors of war and learns so much about the nature of mankind and what it really takes to save the world. It is a story that means so much to so many die hard Wonder Woman fans, finally getting to see this hero get the treatment she deserves without ever being heavy handed.
Of course towards the end of the movie the big epic CGI battles do occur and I was mostly happy with them. Some of the slow-mo and CGI was a bit much but there was nothing that took me out of the movie or distracted me from how good it was. The pacing of the film was incredibly strong and when the big battles occurred I found myself wanting to jump out of my seat and cheer. I saw the film in 2D and 3D and I honestly didn’t think that the 3D did very much for the movie or the effects. Personally I would save the money and just catch a 2D screening.
WONDER WOMAN is a huge success for the DC Cinematic Universe and I cannot wait to see what comes next. I was already looking forward to JUSTICE LEAGUE but after seeing WW I am more interested in the upcoming solo movies such as AQUAMAN and FLASH. Hopefully these are handled with as much heart that WW had. Director Patty Jenkins knocked this one out of the park and I really hope she attached to more DC movies. This is the superhero movie that fans wanted MAN OF STEEL to be. A movie that feels heroic and fills you with hope.
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