“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, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”
- Expectation: 3/10
- First View: 5/10
So we booked tickets early for this one, I knew Katya really wanted to see it, and the trailers actually made a non- Nolan Batman DC movie look good. I was interested in seeing it as well, mostly to see if it could survive the hype, which was massive, but also to see if they would try to work in her invisible plane somewhere into the plot.
I’m not sure what I’ll ramble about in this post so spoiler warning upfront just in case.
In the turd-burger, train wreck disaster that was Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, or really the awesome theme music that played during her actions scenes, was the only enjoyable part of that movie. Sadly that movie didn’t really give any glimpse of her personality, making her just an empty piece of eye-candy. What would she be like in her first stand-alone movie? Would she be a brooding sad-sack like Batman? A slightly less brooding sad-sack like Superman?
Luckily the answer is neither. She’s portrayed as a curious, though naïve, warrior. Gal Gadot does a great job giving her humanity and charm, and moves from confident warrior to a woman confronting the horror of war and back with ease.
The plot itself works well for the most part, learning that there is more to the world then just her island, and that the world is at war, Diana leaves with a brash soldier to help in his mission to stop some cookie-cutter villains. Clear, straight forward plots, though occasionally predictable offer solid ground for superheroes to tread. Unfortunately there is also a subplot dealing with Aries that really should have been removed all together. It added nothing of value, seemed forced in, and often made the movie feel a bit ridiculous. In fact, you could have cut the last ~30 minutes from the movie and it’d have been so much better for it.
It’s visual effects were well done, though the fight scene on the beach was over the top with poorly attempted 300-esque speed ramps. other than that the world of Wonder Woman feels real enough, and a believable WWI era was created.
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine play well enough off each other, though the rest of the supporting cast were flat, uninteresting, and occasionally distractingly so. After the huge disappointments that have been DC, non-Christopher Nolan directed movies, my expectations for this film were very low. I’m glad this film did well, it was a moderate improvement for DC movies, and hopefully a signal that they’re finally figuring out how to make decent movies. On the whole the movie was an okay effort, not a great flick in anyway, but the best DC extended universe film so far and worth a watch.